National Child's Day, 2002
the President of the United States of America
Children bring joy and challenge to the lives they touch. And as our next
generation of leaders, they carry with them the hope of our Nation. From the
excitement of watching a toddler take a first step to the satisfaction of seeing
them mature into adulthood, we are blessed to share our lives and experiences
with children. Their thoughts, ideas, and unique perspectives renew our
appreciation for life.
National Child's Day is a time to affirm our commitment as parents, teachers,
and citizens to the health, well-being, and success of our children. Our goal
must be to make sure that all children have the opportunity to learn and
succeed. To achieve this, we must use the resources of our families,
communities, schools, and government to ensure that no child is left behind.
My Administration is strongly committed to helping boys and girls grow up in
secure families that help them reach their full potential. Families forge values
where children can find fulfillment and love. And children who are surrounded by
love, support, and encouragement can develop self-esteem and have a strong
foundation for life.
We are working to implement programs and initiatives that help families stay
strong and intact; that support adoption efforts and mentoring programs; that
protect children from abuse and neglect; and that encourage alcohol, drug, and
sexual abstinence. We also are making great progress in helping all schools
become places where every student is able and expected to learn.
While government can provide much to support children, it cannot provide the
love a child needs. I encourage all community leaders, educators, faith-based
organizations, and citizens to seek opportunities to mentor, encourage, and
listen to our children. As we observe National Child's Day, we should also
communicate to young people that their dreams, aspirations, happiness, and
well-being are important to us and to our future.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America,
by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the
United States, do hereby proclaim June 9, 2002, as National Child's Day. I urge
all Americans to work within their communities to appreciate, love, and protect
all of America's children. I also call upon citizens to observe this day with
appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of June, in
the year of our Lord two thousand two, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and twenty-sixth.
GEORGE W. BUSH