NATIONAL SUPERHERO DAY
Each year on April 28th, National Superhero Day honors superheroes, both real and fictional.
Batman, Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Hulk, and Spiderman are just some of the superheroes whose names we recognize. Even though they are fictional, these superheroes are great role models for our children. They serve and protect while fighting evil.
Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary. ~ Gerard Way
Our real-life superheroes may not have superpowers or wear capes, but they are also great role models who serve and protect while fighting evil. Military personnel, police officers, firefighters, and teachers are just a few of the heroes who protect us on a daily basis.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSuperheroDay
Take your favorite superhero to lunch and say thank you for all they do. Let them know that you appreciate them. Share what you think makes a hero. Take a picture with your favorite hero. Post photos on social media using #NationalSuperheroDay.
Educators and families, check out the National Day Classroom for projects to #CelebrateEveryDay!
NATIONAL SUPERHERO DAY HISTORY
In 1995, Marvel Comics‘ employees created National Superhero Day.
NATIONAL BRAVEHEARTS DAY
National BraveHearts Day on April 28th each year honors the bravery of families dealing with pediatric cancer. It also focuses on the bravery of children suffering from cancer and those who also care so deeply.
The observance offers hope to families struggling with pediatric cancer through a phone app called Spotlight Hope. Find the app on Google Play and in the Apple Store for easy download. The app helps families plug into local resources during their time of pediatric cancer crisis. From financial help to rides to the doctor, the Spotlight Hope App provides information on how to connect to thousands of resources in the United States designed to help families navigate pediatric cancer.
Has pediatric cancer impacted your life in some way? Please download this free app and start connecting to a wonderful community dedicated to making the journey more bearable. Download Spotlight Hope and enjoy all the features.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBraveHeartsDay #SpotlightHope
Celebrate National BraveHearts Day by spreading the word about Spotlight Hope. Use #SpotlightHope, and #NationalBraveHeartsDay to post on social media. If you know a family dealing with Pediatric Cancer, suggest they download the Spotlight Hope App. No family should face cancer alone.
Donations to this amazing organization allow them to continue their work.
NATIONAL BRAVEHEARTS DAY HISTORY
In 2015, the BraveHearts for Kids organization founded National BraveHearts for Kids Day. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on April 28th, annually.
Jeremy and Amy Jacobs founded BraveHearts For Kids in 2008 after their daughter Ava was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma brain tumor at only 13 months old.
BraveHearts for Kids helps save the lives of children. It provides information, hope, guidance, and resources to families dealing with a childhood cancer crisis. They offer their services at no cost. Additionally, 100% of individual contributions go to support programs. These programs also include emergency fundraising and 1-on-1 mentoring. The programs match families with a mentor who has experienced a similar diagnosis and crisis with a child of their own.
NATIONAL GREAT POETRY READING DAY
At the tail end of National Poetry Month, April 28th marks the observance of National Great Poetry Reading Day. This day celebrates distinguished poetry and the notable poets who wrote them.
As an art form, poetry may predate literacy. Epic poetry appears to have been composed in poetic form to aid memorization and oral transmission in prehistoric and ancient societies. It is directly from folk songs that other types of poetry developed.
With so many forms of poetry to choose from, no one is limited. For example, choose from the sonnet, shi, villanelle, tanka, haiku, ode, and ghazal. There are also different genres of poetry including narrative, epic, dramatic, satirical, lyric, elegy, verse fable, prose, and speculative poetry.
Some of the well-known, great poets include William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Robert Frost, Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, and T.S. Eliot.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GreatPoetryReadingDay
Who is your favorite great poet? Share a verse or two. Introduce the great poets to someone you know. Settle back, relax, and read your favorite poetry. Complete the Poetry Month word search to discover more about poetry. Explore the poems of William Blake or John Keats. If you’re unfamiliar with Maya Angelou, discover her poetry now. Perhaps a few lines of E.E. Cummings or Elizabeth Barrett Browning will complete the day. Who are we missing? Silvia Plath? Oscar Wilde? William Carlos Williams? You tell us.
Host a small poetry reading in your living room. Pick your favorite poems and read them aloud. Read them with expression. Take turns with family members and share the limelight.
Use #GreatPoetryReadingDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GREAT POETRY READING DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this poetry holiday. However, we have found it’s been celebrated since at least 1994.
WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY
Each year on April 28th, Workers’ Memorial Day encourages national and international remembrance and action for workers killed, disabled, injured, or made unwell by their work. Also known as International Workers’ Memorial Day or International Commemoration Day (ICD) for Dead and Injured or Day of Mourning, the slogan for the day is Remember the dead – Fight for the living.
The day remembers workers killed in incidents at work or by diseases caused by work. Organizations around the world host events honoring workers lost work-related injuries or illnesses. Some organizations may hold campaigns and workplace awareness events. Other activities such as multi-faith religious services, laying wreaths, planting trees, and unveiling monuments, raise public awareness of issues. One of the most moving is the setting out of shoes to symbolize those who have died at work.
Transporation causes more work-place deaths than any other occupation. The next four most common reasons for workplace deaths are workplace violence (human and animal), slips and falls, contact with equipment and objects, and exposure to harmful substances and environments. However, these four cause more workplace deaths combined than transportation alone. The topmost dangerous occupations are agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting.
This day also highlights the preventable nature of most workplace accidents and ill-health. Additionally, it promotes the fight for improvements in workplace safety.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorkersMemorialDay
Remember employees and coworkers killed due to work-related injury or disease. Attend ceremonies or events raising awareness. Encourage your organization to support workforce safety. Use #WorkersMemorialDay to post on social media.
WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY
OSHA was founded on April 28, 1971. Canadian Union of Public Employees first observed Workers’ Memorial Day in 1984 followed by the United States in 1989. The House introduced Joint Resolution 235 to recognize the observance. Across the country, unions and organizations also recognized the day. For years, events have been organized in Canada and the USA and then worldwide.
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PIE DAY
National Blueberry Pie Day on April 28th each year ushers in blueberry pie-making season. Blueberry harvest begins in April and lasts until September giving us a long season full of blueberry enjoyment.
We’ve been enjoying blueberries in pies since early American settlers arrived. In 1872, the first documented recipe for blueberry pie appeared in the Appledore Cook Book. Blueberries are abundant in Maine, so it’s no surprise that blueberry pie is the state’s official dessert!
This once wild berry became domesticated during the early 1900s thanks to the observations of Elizabeth Coleman White and the research of Dr. Frederick V. Coville. Before their efforts, wild blueberries were never successfully transplanted and raised in any farming operation for personal or commercial production. The only way to enjoy fresh blueberries was to seek them out where they grew naturally.
Through the efforts of White and Coville, today, producers and private gardeners bring to fruition these amazingly delicious berries. From farm to table or farmer to the grocer to you, these vibrant berries pack a punch in vitamins and health benefits. They make a great snack all on their own or enhance a meal, make stellar desserts or sauces. Whatever this berry does, it does with panache!
It’s one of the healthiest fruits on the market, too. Full of antioxidants, this nutrient berry helps inhibit cancer development and helps prevent urinary tract disease. Eating blueberries may assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, and ease symptoms of depression.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BlueberryPieDay
Bake up a blueberry pie. While you’re at it, bake two and give one away. We even have a recipe for you to try.
Use #BlueberryPieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY PIE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this pie holiday.
Recipe of the Day
Spiced Raisin Bars
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total Prep: 35 minutes
Servings: 80 servings
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon rum extract
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 – 1/2 cups golden raisins
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons rum
2 teaspoons water
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Prepare a 15x10x1 jelly roll pan by greasing bottom the bottom and sides.
Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. Sift all ingredients together twice.
Cream together shortening and sugar.
Add molasses, egg, rum extract, water, and vinegar.
Pour batter into baking pan evenly.
Bake 17-20 minutes until bars turn light brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Let cool for 10 minutes.
Turn the pan onto a cooling rack to cool for an additional 10 minutes.
Place on a cutting board.
Combine confectioners’ sugar, rum, and water in a small bowl.
Brush glaze over the bars and allow to harden.
Cut bars into desired serving sizes.
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