Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed On Monday, Cassville Mayor Bill Shiveley signed a proclamation at Cassville High School in honor of American Education Week. The proclamation describes public schools as "the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation's precious values of freedom, civility and equality." The proclamation also said that by equipping students with practical and intellectual skills, schools give them hope for and access to a productive future. "Education employees, be they substitute educators, custodians, teachers, bus drivers or librarians, work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism," the proclamation stated. "Schools encourage community, bringing together adults and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in a common enterprise." The week of Nov. 11 through Nov. 17 was proclaimed the 91st annual observance of American Education Week. Pictured above, from left, are: Julie Dillow, Cassville Community Teacher Association (CCTA) member; Elissa Griffin; Brittany Cox; Areli Reyes; Shiveley; Sheri Mauk; Brooke Harris; Kylee Cotton; and Patti Daniels, CCTA president.