05-R 059

2005 -- H 5572

Enacted 02/15/05


H O U S E  R E S O L U T I O N



     Introduced By: Representative Thomas Winfield

     Date Introduced: February 15, 2005




     WHEREAS, The noble purpose in celebrating "The Year of Languages" is to focus

Rhode Island's attention on the educational, societal and economic advantages to study a diversity

of languages and cultures from around the globe and to encourage Rhode Island schools and

communities to promote and encourage a full range of language programs for our students and

adults; and

     WHEREAS, Many countries, around the world, require students to learn a minimum of

one language in addition to their own native tongue. This concept prepares the students to be

better equipped for the ever expanding global market; and

     WHEREAS, Rhode Island's history was built on a foundation that embraced the diversity

of all cultures and ethnic groups. The blending of our population has significantly contributed to

the vitality of this state; and

     WHEREAS, Supporting "The Year of Languages" in Rhode Island will help to build

public awareness for the importance of learning about different cultures, as well as the immense

benefits of becoming proficient in more than one language, with the ultimate goal of building

stronger ties and increased understanding of all our neighbors; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and

Providence Plantations hereby proclaims 2005 to be "The Year of Languages" in the State of

Rhode Island and urges all Rhode Island citizens to become familiar with the services and

benefits offered by language education programs; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That this house invites all the good people of this state to join us in

supporting and acknowledging the importance of broadening our range of language and cultural

understanding; and be it further

     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he hereby is authorized and directed to

transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Commissioner of Elementary and

Secondary Education for the State of Rhode Island