MARCH 2, 2018 | NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY (DR. SEUSS DAY) | NATIONAL EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL OLD STUFF DAY | NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY | NATIONAL DRESS IN BLUE DAY | NATIONAL SPEECH AND DEBATE EDUCATION DAY
NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY (DR. SEUSS DAY)
National Read Across America Day is an annual event that is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading that was created by the National Education Association.
Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. However, if it falls on a weekend, it is observed in the school systems on the school day closest to March 2nd. This day is a motivational and awareness day, calling all children and youth in every community across the United States to celebrate reading.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Pick up an interesting book and read it. More importantly, read with a child. Use #ReadAcrossAmericaDay or #DrSeussDay to post on social media.
The first National Read Across America Day was held on March 2, 1998.
NATIONAL EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION DAY
National Employee Appreciation Day is observed annually on the first Friday in March. This day was created as a way of focusing the attention of all the employers in all industries on employee recognition. Businesses and organizations plan celebrations across the country recognizing the achievements and contributions of their employees.
Employees are one of a company’s greatest assets. Recognition and appreciation are known as one of the key motivational factors in the workplace.
An employer may show their gratitude for an employee’s efforts and contributions to the goals of the company in a variety of ways from rewards to verbal interactions. Expressing employee appreciation increases employee job satisfaction.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Great Ways To Show Your Employees Some Appreciation
- Be Flexible – Flexibility goes a long way in this virtual reality world. If possible with your industry, allowing a little flexibility can reap huge benefits when you need last minute work done.
- A Thank You Note – When a job has been done well, a heartfelt, hand-written thank you means more than a slap on the back or an e-mail sent off at the end of the day.
- Team Effort Celebration – If the team pulled together and made it happen, reward them with an office pizza party, casual dress day or even close the office early so they can spend some well-earned time with family.
- Get Caught – Make sure the employee hears you telling someone else you thought they did a great job.
- Create a Culture of Encouragement – Employees who expand their horizons bring new skills to your workforce and will encourage others to do so too. Praise their achievements and encourage others to pursue their goals.
If you have employees, be sure to show them some appreciation and use #EmployeeAppreciationDay to post on social media.
National Employee Appreciation Day was created in 1995 by Bob Nelson, a founding Recognition Professional International board member, together with his publishing company, Workman Publishing.
Always observed on March 2nd, National Old Stuff Day is a day to give notice to all that old stuff and try something new. Well, maybe not ALL the old stuff, but some of it. It’s a day to break out of the old routines and try something new.
We have all heard the saying, “same old, same old.” Well, this is the day to do things differently. There is no limit to how you can change up your day. Take a moment to recognize the things that you do each day. Is there a better way, more efficient way? Is there a better route to work? Is there a less stressful approach to a task?
Maybe it’s just a way to brighten your day or someone else’s day. Whatever it is, strive to make the day new, not the same old day it was yesterday.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Approach the day with a new attitude. Consider alternatives to each of the choices you make each day. Is there a better or equal alternative? Try making a new choice when available. Use #NationalOldStuffDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Old Stuff Day.
NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY
National Banana Cream Pie Day is recognized annually on March 2nd. Celebrated throughout the United States, pie lovers enjoy this day as they get to indulge in one of America’s most popular creampies.
Remember, bananas are loaded with potassium!
The process from the traditional custard pie was modified into a recipe for the appetizing and flavorful banana cream pie. Now there are many variations in thousands of recipes for this yummy pie and recipes for banana cream pie can be found in recipe books dating back to the 19th century.
The banana cream pie was ranked the number one favorite dessert among the soldiers of the United States Armed Services in the 1950s.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Spend a little time in your kitchen whipping up a delicious banana cream pie to share with your family and friends.
A banana cream pie can be made as simple as:
- 1 box instant banana pudding – 1 pkg cream cheese (softened) – 2 large bananas – 1 container whipped topping – graham cracker crust
- Mix pudding with 1 1/2 cups milk, cool in fridge until thickened. With mixer, combine pudding and cream cheese until blended. Slice bananas into graham cracker crust. Spoon pudding mixture over bananas and top with whipped topping. Chill for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!!
Use #BananaCreamPieDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Banana Cream Pie Day.
NATIONAL DRESS IN BLUE DAY
In an effort to knock out one of the top cancers causing death, Dress in Blue Day on the first Friday in March encourages everyone to learn about the causes of colon cancer and raise awareness by wearing blue.
Much like the pink ribbon represents those lost to breast cancer, a blue star honors the memory of those lost to colon cancer. Continuing the blue theme on Dress in Blue Day, awareness efforts provide support through fundraising for screening, research and awareness education.
Screenings are vital. Colon cancer often has no symptoms until its advanced stages placing its victims at higher risk if they wait until symptoms appear. Screenings are recommended beginning at age 50 and younger if you are high risk.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Check your closet and wear something blue. Find out more about your risk factors. Schedule a screening if you are due. Donate. Visit www.supportccalliance.org to find out more. Spread the word. Use #DressInBlueDay to share on social media.
In 2006, Anita Mitchell, a stage IV colon cancer survivor, founder of Colon Cancer Stars helped organize a day in her child’s school to raise colon cancer awareness called Wear Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness Day after losing her father and a friend to the disease. National Dress in Blue Day’s success as a local school program encouraged Anita to bring the idea to the Colon Cancer Alliance in 2009. From there, this outstanding fundraiser developed into a nationwide program.
NATIONAL SPEECH AND DEBATE EDUCATION DAY
On March 2, employers, schools and students across the country recognize the value of competitive public speaking on National Speech and Debate Education Day.
Speech and Debate Education prepare students to do more than speaking publicly. Through the support of coaches and teachers, students learn the skills vital to success in future careers and everyday decision making. The ability to conduct thorough research, construct intelligent arguments and receive constructive criticism produces assured citizens able to collaborate and communicate their ideas in effective, even eloquent ways.
National Speech and Debate Education Day encourages communities to show the coaches and teachers support for their hard work and dedication. They spend long hours preparing and helping the students after the school day has ended. These sessions often occur after their work day has ended and before they have even been home to their families. Speech and Debate coaches spend as much time as athletic coaches preparing, studying rules, reviewing speeches, pairing teams, making changes, students work, traveling, judges and hosting events.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Find out more about National Speech and Debate Education Day. Explore the opportunities for Speech and Debate in your school. Students who participate in Speech and Debate inspire others to confidently present their ideas. Motivate and support each other to engage in a contest of words and thoughts. They won’t regret it! Support your local school’s Speech and Debate teams and use #SpeechAndDebateEducationDay to share on social media.
The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) founded National Speech and Debate Education Day to recognize and celebrate the positive impact speech and debate activities have on schools, students, organizations and their communities. In 2016, the United States Senate passed a resolution declaring March 15, 2016, to be National Speech and Debate Education Day. In 2017, the Senate passed the resolution declaring the day to March 3, 2017. Both resolutions were co-sponsored by Senator Charles Grassley and Senator Chris Coons. In 2018, the date was set for Friday, March 2nd.
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