Geography Awareness Week Slated for November 16th

November 13, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announces that Geography Awareness Week is slated for November 16-22. This year, Geography Awareness Week will spotlight animal habitats and their conservation.  

Geography Action 2003! Habitats: Home Sweet Home is this year’s theme and will encourage children to take the “Habitat Heroes” pledge to preserve the wild places that birds, animals and plants call home.  

“Geography plays such an important role in our children’s education,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “Geography is much more than the location of different lands and waters. It encompasses species and their habitats, cultures and languages among other elements.”  

There are numerous activities that students can take part in during the week. Inviting guest speakers to the classrooms as well as setting up a habitat on the campus of the school, restoring an unhealthy habitat and displaying posters promoting Geography Awareness Week are just a few examples of what can be done to promote this week.  

Geography Awareness Week is sponsored by National Geographic and is partnered with the West Virginia Geographic Alliance. For more information regarding Geography Awareness Week, please visit or contact Sharon Flack, WVDE Social Studies Coordinator, at (304) 558-7805

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