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Geography Awareness Week November 11-17

CONTACT: Joseph T. “Joe” Manzo, Professor of Geography

Geography Awareness Week November 11-17

Athens, W.Va. – Professor of Geography Dr. Joseph T. “Joe” Manzo, in conjunction with the National Geographic Society and a coalition of national partners, is participating in a campaign to increase geographic literacy at home, in schools and in communities. The campaign, “My Wonderful World,” will be focusing on Asia—Continent of Contrasts.

“Concord University’s geography department, in conjunction with the West Virginia Geographic Alliance, is sponsoring a state-wide poster contest. Letters were mailed to every school in the state,” stated Professor Manzo. “There will be three $100 savings bonds given as prizes for the best posters in three categories: elementary, middle and high school. The posters are due November 30, and the winners will be announced December 15. Focusing on Asia takes us away from our traditional orientation on Europe. Our international trade, at least for two decades, has been with countries in the Pacific Rim. Highlighting Asia helps students understand their position in this global community in which we live.”

A proclamation by Governor Joe Manchin III recognizes this week as “Geography Awareness Week.” In the proclamation, the Governor recognizes the vital role that geographic knowledge plays in the current and future success of West Virginia and that the understanding of geography is essential for our continued leadership in world politics and commerce.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed legislation establishing the third week in November as Geography Awareness Week in 1987.

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PHOTO: Governor Joe Manchin’s proclamation recognizing this week as Geography Awareness Week