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MAY 8, 2018 | NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL HAVE A COKE DAY | NATIONAL COCONUT CREAM PIE DAY | NATIONAL STUDENT NURSE DAY

National Teacher Appreciation Day Tuesday of the first full week of May
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NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, is observed on the Tuesday of the first full week in May.  In 2018, National Teacher Day will take place on May 8th.  This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week in May of each year.

The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day  as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”  

Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children: the future leaders of our country.  They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction.  We entrust our children with the teachers, and they affect their lives on a daily basis.

HOW TO OBSERVE

It is time to say Thank You to the exceptional teachers that you know.  Let them know that they are appreciated for all that they do. Use #TeacherAppreciationDay or #NationalTeachersDay to post on social media.  Share this graphic: 

HISTORY

Political and educational leaders began discussions for a day to honor teachers in 1944.  In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day.  Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May.  The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

NATIONAL HAVE A COKE DAY

Each year on May 8, millions of people across the country celebrate National Have a Coke Day.  Coca-Cola, often referred to as Coke, is a carbonated soft drink that is produced by The Coca-Cola Company. Coke is a registered trademark of the Coca-Cola Company in the United States since March 27, 1944.  As of 2013, Coke products can be found in over 200 countries around the world as consumers down more than 1.8 million company beverage servings each day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

The celebration can be done by you and a group of your favorite friends getting together, having some fun and each having a tall glass of ice-cold Coca-Cola (or two). Use #NationalHaveACokeDay to share on social media. 

HISTORY

In the late 19th century, John Pemberton invented Coca-Cola, at Pemberton’s Eagle Drug and Chemical House in Columbus, Georgia, intending it as a patent medicine. It was then bought out by businessman Asa Griggs Candler. Candler’s marketing tactics led Coke to its dominance of the world soft-drink market throughout the 20th century.

1891 – The first bottling of Coco-Cola occurred at the Biedenharn Candy Company in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1894 – The first outdoor wall advertisement that promoted the Coca-Cola drink was painted in Cartersville, Georgia

1914 – The longest running commercial Coca-Cola soda fountain anywhere was Atlanta’s Fleeman’s Pharmacy. The pharmacy closed its doors in 1995 after 81 years.

1944 – July 12, the one-billionth gallon of Coca-Cola syrup was manufactured by the Coca-Cola Company.

1955 – Cans of Coke first appeared.

NATIONAL COCONUT CREAM PIE DAY

National Coconut Cream Pie Day is observed annually on May 8. This day was created in honor of the delicious pie made with a sweet coconut cream filling. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Follow a tried and true recipe for homemade Old Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie or share your recipe using #CoconutCreamPieDay.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or origin of National Coconut Cream Pie Day. 

NATIONAL STUDENT NURSE DAY

As part of National Nurses Week, Student Nurses are honored on May 8.

Nurse Day proposed in 1953 by Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health and while a proclamation never came National Nurse Week was observed the following year.

Student Nurses are at the cutting edge of technology, learning the latest life-saving techniques while at the same time practicing skills in programs that have been built upon medical science.

National Student Nurses Day celebrates these students and their achievements.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalStudentNurseDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

National Student Nurse Day was established by the American Nurses Association to recognizes student nurses in 1998.

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