Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Holidays and Observances for May 7 2014

Bike To School Day

The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists' National Bike Month. Almost 1,000 local events in 49 states and the District of Columbia joined together to encourage children to safely bicycle or walk to school.

The event builds on the popularity of Walk to School Day, which is celebrated across the country – and the world – each October. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together to celebrate and to build off of the energy of National Bike Month.

Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.  In 2000, the event became international when the UK and Canada (both of which had already been promoting walking to school) and the USA joined together for the first International Walk to School Day. Growing interest in participation all over the world led the International Walk to School Committee to shifts its promotion to International Walk to School Month for the entire month of October.

In the USA and Canada, International Walk to School Day galvanizes visibility for walking and bicycling to school. Over time, this event has been part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation - each October. Today, thousands of schools across America and in more than 40 countries worldwide celebrate walking to school every October.

The success of Walk to School Day, as well as continued interest in bicycling to school, created a desire for a national event focused on bicycling to school. This goal became reality in 2012, when the first National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month.

Although Walk to School Day is focused more on walking and Bike to School Day is focused more on bicycling, both days welcome and encourage all forms of active transportation to school.

Quick Facts: The History of Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day:
  • The Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago in 1997, modeled after the United Kingdom’s walk to school events, and  communities around the United States have been celebrating Walk to School Day ever since.
  • The event was established as “International” in 2000, when Canada and the U.K. joined with the U.S. to celebrate. Around the globe, International Walk to School Month brings together more than 40 countries in recognition of the common interest in walking to school.
  • In August 2005, federal legislation established a National Safe Routes to School Program that provided $612 million towards Safe Routes to School from 2005 to 2010. In July 2012, transportation legislation, MAP-21, was enacted that no longer provides dedicated funding for SRTS but instead places SRTS under a program called the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). However, many states still have dedicated SRTS funds.
  • More than 14,800 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have been awarded federal funds for Safe Routes to School activities.
  • More than half of Walk to School events are part of ongoing activities to promote walking and bicycling throughout the year.
  • In 2006, world-wide interest led the International Walk to School Committee to establish International Walk to School Month – countries choose a day, week or use the entire month of October to promote walking to school.
  • Participation in Walk to School Day 2013 reached a record high, with more than 4,400 events registered from all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Many more communities held events but did not register.
  • The first-ever National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, 2012, as part of National Bike Month. 950 local events in 49 states across the U.S. encouraged children to safely bicycle or walk to school. Many communities and schools have been holding spring walk and bicycle to school events for years. National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to join together and to build on the energy of National Bike Month. In 2013, more than 1,700 schools participated in National Bike to School Day on May 8.

Great American Grump Out

The 13th Grump Out is May 7, 2014 Will YOU meet the challenge??  

The 12th Great American Grump Out was May 1, 2013

So, just how nice did we have to be? Nice, nice, or just a little less vicious than usual? 

Beth Teitell (Boston Herald) says, "Maybe we should set realistic goals. Instead of cutting off another driver and giving him the finger, just cut the jerk off and leave it at that. Or tailgate aggressively, but don't honk at the same time. 

If you're talking to a friend from New York, don't say, "Yankees suck." Just bring it down a notch: "Yankees stink." 

If you're at the supermarket and the shopper in front of you unloads 13 items in a 12-items-or-fewer line, glare, don't assault her. 

Grumpiness is something everyone has felt or been subjected to at one time or another. Everyone succumbs to the "grouchies" now and then. If we weren't grumpy we'd probably explode. 

However, some people always seem to get up on the wrong side of the bed. The Curmudgeons. You may recognize some of our classic Curmudgeons. They are grumpy, but they are good-humored, too. They also have character. And, the truth be told, many are just loveable old softies when you break through the crust.
  • Andy Rooney – 60 Minutes
  • Grumpy of the Seven Dwarfs
  • Oscar the Grouch – Sesame Street
  • Archie Bunker – All in the Family
  • Oscar Madison – The Odd Couple
Just the thought of a Grump Out is enough to put them in a bad mood.

 Q & A

Q: What is the Great American Grump Out?
A: For those of you learning about the Grump Out for the first time, the Grump Out urges people to go for just 24 hours without being grumpy, crabby or rude.

Q: Is there any vital information I need to be aware of before I stop being grumpy for 24 hours?
A: Yes. Choosing to be un-grumpy could result in strengthening your immune system, diminishing tension in your central nervous system, relaxing your body, improving circulation, reducing your stress hormones and, possibly, making new friends.

Q: Is there anything that can help me through those 24 hours?
A: Yes. Wearing any type of smile. Secondly, carry a banana around with you. Not only is the banana the Grump Out's official fruit, but the banana provides a nutritional smile. [Hold it just right and it is a smile] If you begin to experience any withdrawal discomfort, simply turn that smiley banana upside down. It becomes a frown. Stare at it for a moment when no one is looking.

EVERYONE is invited to participate in the next Great American Grump Out. Even the crankiest of curmudgeons – those who like to sneer and jeer at the Grump Out – can participate.

National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

Today is National Roast Leg of Lamb Day! People have been eating lamb for more than 10,000 years. During the Middle Ages, farmers learned that sheep were the most productive livestock. These animals supplied wool for clothing, skins for parchment, milk for butter and cheese, and hearty flavorful meat.

You can cook lamb a variety of different ways, but roasting is one of the most popular methods. This dish pairs beautifully with seasonings like rosemary, oregano, thyme, or lemon zest. For something extra special, make a stuffed leg of lamb or prepare a succulent sauce to serve on top!

To celebrate National Roast Leg of Lamb Day, cook up a traditional roast dinner tonight with lamb as the main course. Bon app├ętit!

National Tourism Day

National Tourism Day is a day for municipalities and tourism sites around the country to promote their area or region. Municipalities and entertainment venues big and small, use today to let people know about activities and events in their areas. They will often do so in a big way.

A great way to promote your area is to hold activities and events on this day. Ideally, make it a weekend, or a week-long celebration. Along with advertisements, offering discounts and other promotions will work well.

If you are a tourist venue, use this day to really spread the word on what you are all about. As a tourist, use today in search of a new, exciting, and interesting place to go. And, look for deals that may be offered today. Don't just browse and dream. Book your travel plans today!

Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day

Each and every day, men and women from around the world return home from work to their families injury and illness free thanks to occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professionals, who have dedicated their careers to protecting people, property and the environment.

SH&E professionals work behind the scenes identifying and eliminating potential hazards in workplaces around the world, and their efforts are often achieved with little or no fanfare.

In an effort to recognize and to celebrate the lifesaving efforts of the thousands of SH&E professionals in the U.S. today, the American Society of Safety Engineers established Occupational Safety and Health Professional (OSHP) Day in 2006 to give these unsung heroes some much deserved recognition for the difference they make in the lives of every working man and woman.

Held every year during North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH, May 4th-10th, 2014) Week during the first full week of May, OSHP Day will take place this year on May 7th. On this day we encourage employers, co-workers, and the general public to say “thank you” to those who spend work around the clock making sure that every day spent on the job is a safe one.

OSHP Day was also established to raise awareness and pride in the SH&E profession, and to salute the years of education, training and practical experience and skills that it takes to be qualified to identify workplace hazards, and to develop methods of prevention of on-the-job injuries, illness and property damage. Throughout the world, the SH&E profession has earned a reputation as being one of the most challenging and rewarding careers today!

National Paste Up Day

Celebrated each year on May 7, it is National Paste Up Day.  This day is about remembering those times before desktop publishing and computerized digital imaging when newspapers, magazines and catalogs were compiled by hand and those that worked so tediously in their positions.

Paste up refers to “a method of creating or laying out publication pages”.

A paste up artist was also known as a layout artist, mechanical artist, production artist or compositor.  

Part of the daily duties of the paste up artist would be to cut the type into sections and arrange it carefully across multiple columns.  Headline and other typographic elements were often created and supplied separately by the typesetter, leaving it to the paste up artist to determine their final position on the page.

National School Nurse Day

More than a century after Lina Rogers Struthers became the first school nurse in the United States there now are about 76,000 school nurses caring for students nationwide.

Those professionals will be recognized May 9 during National School Nurse Day, an annual observance that recognizes the vital work of school nurses and promotes increased understanding of their role.

It’s also an opportunity for school nurses to pause to take pride in their careers and their contributions.

“Healthy children learn better is a simple truth, and school nurses help remove barriers to academic success,” Linda Davis-Alldritt, president of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), said in a statement.

National School Nurse Day was established in 1972 and is celebrated on the Wednesday during National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6 to 12. The theme of this year’s observance is “Advocacy, Access, Achievement: Making the Connection.”

A Brief History of School Nursing
In October 1902, Lina Rogers Struthers began working in the New York City school system as part of a month-long experiment to reduce health-related absenteeism. Promising results quickly followed and the city extended Struthers’ appointment and she later was appointed superintendent of school nurses.

Spurred by the progress in New York, other cities followed suit in quick succession and hired school nurses, including Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago.

The need for school nurses remains just as acute, Davis-Alldritt said, with children facing “more challenging issues today than in past decades.”

“School nurses reduce absenteeism, provide better attendance rates and care for students in school so parents have to come pick up their children much less often,” Davis-Alldritt said. 

The Role of a School Nurse
For some children, the school nurse may be the only primary care provider they see on a regular basis. Nurses must deal with a wide range of illnesses and conditions, including seizures, diabetes, asthma and life-threatening allergies.

In addition, a school nurse’s duties and responsibilities may include:
  • Reporting to public health officials to help identify and prevent epidemics and disease outbreaks
  • Functioning as a first responder to incidents on campus
  • Administering medication, monitoring respiratory status and blood glucose levels and observing for infectious diseases and physical and sexual abuse
  • Identifying and seeking to eliminate health threats in the school environment, such as allergens, unsafe equipment and facilities and lack of clean water
  • Providing screening and referral to encourage early intervention for vision and hearing problems
  • Serving as a liaison among healthcare providers, school personnel and families.
School nurses strive to provide these vital services even as budget cuts in many school districts lead to staffing shortages and fewer resources.

The lives of many children can be enriched and transformed because of the competence and commitment of a school nurse who manages complex health issues with specialized knowledge, skills and compassion.
“It is absolutely essential that the entire school community work with the school nurse to stay informed on public health issues, the latest research, and policy that affects the health, well-being and safety of our students,” said Davis-Alldritt, the NASN president.
National Barrier Awareness Day

 Proclamation 5472, signed by United States President Ronald Reagan, was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on May 8, 1986 declaring May 7 of 1986 as National Barrier Awareness Day.  Since that day, many people across the country have continued to observe National Barrier Awareness Day each year on May 7.
“Today some 36 million Americans suffer from some form of handicap. Eighty percent of Americans will experience some disability in their lifetime. That makes it necessary for all of us to understand and appreciate both the barriers they must surmount and the contributions that they can make to our society.

Many disabled people face financial, cultural, and physical barriers because of a lack of public understanding of their needs. We must become more aware of the barriers that prevent or inhibit so many of our fellow Americans from participating fully in the life of our society, and how much more they could contribute if those obstacles were removed….”