‘GET LOST IN MAPPING: FIND YOUR PLACE IN THE WORLD’ IS THEME OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK: NOV. 15-21, 2009 National Geographic invites students, teachers and parents to explore the world through mapping during Geography Awareness Week 2009, Nov. 15-21. Continuously celebrated since its founding in 1987 by Congress, this year’s Geography Awareness Week features an online Blog-a-Thon, a series of local and national events and a new Web site (www.GeographyAwarenessWeek.org) that provides a broad range of opportunities for the public to get involved, including downloading a free National Geographic map of the world.To help kick off Geography Awareness Week, National Geographic invited all 100 U.S. Senators to draw a map of their home state from memory and to label at least three important places. Here’s the gallery of maps from the brave Senators who took the challenge. The maps reveal home-state pride, personal history, and even some geographic humor. The Senator’s maps are fun. They do show that we need to return to teaching handwriting in school.¬†http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/12/departments/senator-maps

Al Franken draws a map of the U.S.