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The César Chávez Serve and Learn Program instills an ethic of service and civic responsibility in our young people. Chávez Day, a holiday in eight states (AZ, CA, CO, MI, NM, TX, UT, WI) and dozens of cities and counties throughout the nation, is an opportunity for all people to honor the legacy of César Chávez by getting involved in their communities and making the holiday a day on, not a day off.
What is the César Chávez Day of Service and Learning?
César Chávez, Senator Robert F. Kennedy once noted, was “one of the heroic figures of our time.” On and around March 31—César’s birthday—countless Americans throughout the country will honor the life, work, and values of César Chávez by and serving in their communities, making Chávez Day a day on, not a day off. It provides students, teachers, labor, business and community members with the unique opportunity to learn about César and to advance his values and principles by engaging in volunteer, educational, and cultural activities in their communities.

César Chávez Day of Service and Learning is an official holiday in eight states—Wisconsin (enacted in 2005 by Governor Jim Doyle); Utah (enacted in 2004 by Governor Olene Walker); Michigan (enacted in 2003 by Governor Jennifer M. Granola); New Mexico (enacted in 2002 by Governor Gary Johnson); Colorado (enacted in 2001 by Governor Bill Owens); Arizona (enacted in 2000 by Governor Jane Hull); California (enacted in 2000 by Governor Gray Davis); and Texas (enacted in 1999 by Governor George W. Bush)—and dozens of cities and counties throughout the nation.
One of the heroic figures of our time
Roberto F. Kennedy
In studying César’s life, work, and values and in performing service in his honor, students on Chávez Day learn about history, self-determination, service to others, and equality and justice. They develop a sense of what it means to contribute to society and understand how they can make a difference in their own lives and become leaders in their communities. “The end of all education,” César stressed, “should surely be service to others.”

The active involvement of people from all walks of life in Chávez Day reflects the significance of César’s legacy and his special place in American history. Nearly fifteen years after his passing, César’s philosophy of service to others, continues to thrive.
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