PROCLAMATION

 

A PROCLAMATION DECLARING THE FOURTH MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER AS

FAMILY DAY IN FAUQUIER COUNTY

 

WHEREAS, the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol and nicotine constitute the greatest threats to the well-being of America's children; and

 

WHEREAS, surveys conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University have consistently found that the more often children and teenagers eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink and use illegal drugs; and

 

WHEREAS, teenagers who virtually never eat dinner with their families are 72 percent more likely than the average teenager to use illegal drugs, alcohol and cigarettes; and

 

WHEREAS, teenagers who almost always eat dinner with their families are 31 percent less likely than the average teenager to use illegal drugs, alcohol and cigarettes; and

 

WHEREAS, the correlation between family dinners and reduced risk for teen substance abuse are well documented; and

 

WHEREAS, parental influence is known to be one of the most crucial factors in determining the likelihood of substance abuse by teenagers; and

 

WHEREAS, family dinners have long constituted a substantial pillar of family life in America; now, therefore, be it

 

PROCLAIMED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 11th day of August 2005, that the fourth Monday in September is hereby declared Family Day in Fauquier County, a day to eat dinner with your children; and, be it

 

PROCLAIMED FURTHER that the Board urges all citizens to recognize and participate in its observance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raymond E. Graham

Chairman of the Board