WASHINGTON (Feb. 26, 2014)—National Geographic today awarded four key congressional leaders with Geography Legislator of the Year Awards for their commitment to quality geography education for all K-12 students. Recognized for their dedication to preparing young Americans for success were Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.).
National Geographic Society Chairman Emeritus Gil Grosvenor presented the awards — framed National Geographic photos of each member of Congress’s home state or district — at a morning reception at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Washington, D.C. Reps. Aderholt and DeLauro and Sen. Boozman were on hand to accept their awards and delivered remarks before a gathering of educators from across the country. Sen. Shaheen was presented with her award at a weekly constituent coffee held in her Washington office.
“The Geography Legislator of the Year Awards enable National Geographic to honor those members of Congress who are working to support geographic literacy and to foster a well-rounded geo-education in American schoolchildren,” said Daniel Edelson, National Geographic’s vice president of Education. “Throughout its 126-year history, National Geographic has worked tirelessly to educate people about the planet. The lawmakers recognized today have shown that they share our dedication to this mission, working to ensure that future generations have access to geographic education that prepares them to succeed in an increasingly global world.”
The presentation was made in conjunction with the National Geographic Education Foundation’s annual Speak Up for Geography Day, during which representatives from Geographic Alliances in each state visit Washington, D.C., to meet with their congressional representatives. This year, more than 100 alliance members visited Capitol Hill to urge their members of Congress to support geography education in U.S. schools through the Teaching Geography is Fundamental (TGIF) Act. They were joined by colleagues from the National Council for Geographic Education, the National Council for the Social Studies and the Association of American Geographers.
About National Geographic Education Programs
National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP), the educational outreach arm of the National Geographic Society, draws on the resources of National Geographic to create learning materials and educational experiences for young people and the adults who teach them. NGEP also works to enhance the education young people receive about their interconnected world through materials development, teacher professional development, grant making and community-building activities. Information about NGEP, its materials and its programs is available at NatGeoEd.org.
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