13-R283

2013 -- H 5153

Enacted 05/24/13

 

 

J O I N T R E S O L U T I O N

SUPPORTING "THE WHOLE CHILD INITIATIVE"

     

     

     Introduced By: Representatives Gallison, Azzinaro, Messier, Serpa, and Marshall

     Date Introduced: January 24, 2013

 

 

     WHEREAS, The children of the State of Rhode Island are our future and are the ones

who will provide the leadership, creativity, and productivity necessary to strengthen and sustain

the quality of life within our communities; and   

     WHEREAS, This state must ensure that our children have the support of their

communities and are provided with the educational opportunities necessary to succeed in our

universities, workplaces, and neighborhoods; and  

     WHEREAS, Rhode Island has made a commitment to ensure that every child enters

school healthy and ready to learn; and

     WHEREAS, Every child in our state has the right to learn in a safe and nurturing

environment, the right to be actively engaged in learning in the school community, and the right

to access support from adults who serve as mentors and advisors; and

     WHEREAS, In addition, each child has the right to learn 21st century skills, including art,

music, technology, and foreign languages, in an intellectually challenging environment; and 

     WHEREAS, The Whole Child approach is based on research that indicates that to

educate Rhode Islandís children effectively means we must pay attention to factors within and

beyond our school buildings, curriculum, and resources, as well as integrate efforts among

schools, families, and communities on behalf of our children; and   

     WHEREAS, Gaps in educational achievement continue to exist and are tied to disparities

in health issues such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse, tobacco use, and asthma, along with

environmental concerns such as lead poisoning and healthy housing; now, therefore be it

     RESOLVED, That this General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island and Providence

Plantations hereby agrees to take a Whole Child approach to our work each day. We join our

efforts with those of stakeholders who are working tirelessly every day on behalf of children to

support The Whole Child Initiative to assure that all policies, programs, and activities ensure that

our children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged; 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 members of the Rhode Island Congressional

Delegation.

     

=======

LC00616

=======