Readshaw resolutions call attention to hunger/homelessness, education, children’s grief

HARRISBURG, Oct. 29 – By a unanimous vote, the House recently adopted several resolutions introduced by state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, to raise public awareness on issues such as hunger, homelessness, education and children’s grief.

House Resolution 1121 recognizes the week of Nov. 10-18 as “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania. The resolution – which parallels a national program the same week – seeks to educate the public about the reasons people are hungry and homeless, including the lack of affordable housing for very-low-income families in the commonwealth. The resolution also seeks to mobilize community support.

“Hunger and homelessness are still very serious problems in the commonwealth,” Readshaw said. “Raising public awareness can bring more hands to the fight and remind residents how they can make a difference by contributing to food and supplies banks.”

Readshaw said he introduced H.R. 1123, designating the week of Nov. 12-16, 2018, as “American Education Week” in Pennsylvania to highlight the critical role education plays in readying Pennsylvania’s youth for future success.

“Our children are not only our most precious resource – they hold the key to the commonwealth’s economic future,” Readshaw said. “This resolution celebrates the importance of our state’s strong educational system and honors those educators and school workers who dedicate their lives to teaching and inspiring our kids.”

A third Readshaw resolution – H.R. 1124 – designates Nov. 15, 2018, as “Children’s Grief Awareness Day” in the state.

“Grief is such a heavy human emotion, we don’t like to think of it as affecting children,” Readshaw said. “Sadly, loss touches people of all ages, and the youngest among us are often the least able to understand it.”

Readshaw noted that “Children’s Grief Awareness Day” was started in 2008 by the Highmark Caring Place – which operates four centers throughout the state for grieving children, adolescents and their families – to help others understand the impact of death on children and their need for support. He added that people can show their support by wearing blue on Nov. 15.