May 4, 2019: Michigan Social Studies Olympiad Day

WHEREAS, the 33rd Annual Michigan Social Studies Olympiad, co-sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Social Studies, Grosse Pointe Public Schools and Macomb Intermediate School District, will be held on May 4, 2019, at Grosse Pointe North High School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, this competition is open to all Michigan students in grades three through twelve, emphasizes social studies skills and knowledge, participatory experience, and social and intellectual interactions by asking the participants to plan activities as a group and to cooperate with their peers; and,

WHEREAS, the goal and objective of this special event is to increase student and teacher interest in social studies education, offer contests that lead to improvements in the social studies curriculum and instructional practices, as well as provide opportunities for students and teachers to gain individual and team recognition for academic accomplishments, and to provide opportunities for the development of positive public relations between social studies educators and the community; and,

WHEREAS, in the last thirty years, the Michigan Social Studies Olympiad has increased student interest in social studies education, encouraged a greater appreciation for this subject area, and recognized the very important role played by social studies educators in our Michigan schools;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of the State of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2019, as Michigan Social Studies Olympiad Day in Michigan, and I encourage all Michigan students, parents, and teachers to actively participate in social studies education.