(By Senator Jackson)

Recognizing the contributions of The Education Alliance to West Virginia's educational system.

Whereas, Schools and educators across West Virginia work tirelessly to educate children and ensure their success in school and throughout life; and
Whereas, The quality of education depends greatly upon the involvement of parents and community members in the education of their children; and
Whereas, The Education Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to promote business and community involvement in public schools to enhance student learning opportunity and achievement; and
Whereas, Founded in 1983, first known as the West Virginia Education Fund and currently as The Education Alliance, it is distinguished as the first statewide organization of its kind and has served as a model for the nation and other countries; and
Whereas, The Education Alliance has worked in every county in West Virginia providing grants and awards totaling over 1.2 million dollars, recruiting and supporting school volunteers, establishing business partnerships, cooperating with higher education initiatives and conducting reliable, unbiased research; and
Whereas, As an unbiased, nonpartisan organization, The Education Alliance has produced several important research studies which have advanced the discourse and consideration of important issues facing education in West Virginia, including preparation of high school graduates, factors affecting school effectiveness, and school finance; and
Whereas, Thousands of volunteers have worked and continue to work to help schools and their students through Alliance programs including "Read Aloud West Virginia" and "Tech Corps West Virginia"; and
Whereas, The Education Alliance is beginning to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary of services and work to support West Virginia schools; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate:
That the Senate hereby recognizes the many contributions of The Education Alliance for its support of West Virginia's public school system and its dedication and commitment to our children; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Senate hereby extends its sincere appreciation to The Education Alliance, and the thousands of volunteers who have contributed their time and resources for fifteen years for the betterment of West Virginia's public school students; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the appropriate representatives of The Education Alliance.