Category: April Weeks



    The last full week in April celebrates Administrative Professionals Week and is set aside to celebrate the administrative professionals and secretaries who keep businesses going worldwide. In the United States, it’s estimated that there are more than 4.5 million administrative professionals.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics says New York Has the most administrative assistants at 87,400. Their average annual pay in New York is $77,220. Nationally, the average annual wage is $37,870.

    Administrative professionals are the heart of an office setting. They’re the coordinators, schedulers, organizers, and traffic controllers. They have their finger on the pulse of activity in the office and make sure everything runs smoothly. They are an office’s central nervous system. A good administrative professional is efficient, knowledgeable, and flexible.

    That’s why Administrative Professionals Week recognizes these reliable employees who step up to the task every day.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #AdminstrativeProfessionalsWeek

    • Send flowers to the administrative assistant at your organization.
    • If you’re in the position, arrange for tickets to an arts event after their dinner.
    • Ask members of your company or team to contribute a time when the administrative professional went above and beyond or helped them out of a jam.
    • Use #AdministrativeProfessionalsWeek to follow on social media.


    Since 1952, Internationational Administrative Assistant Provisionals has honored office workers by sponsoring a week originally called National Secretaries Week. The organization moved National Secretaries Week in 1955 to the last full week of April, with Wednesday designated as Administrative Professionals’ Day. A name change was announced in 1981 when the observance became Professional Secretaries Week. Finally, in 2000, Administrative Professionals Week settled into its current title.


  • EVERY KID HEALTHY WEEK – Last Week In April


    Every Kid Healthy™ Week is observed the last week of April every year. It celebrates school health and wellness achievements. The week spotlights efforts schools make to improve the health and wellness of their students and the link between nutrition, physical activity, and learning. Healthy kids are better prepared to learn.

    Health and education go hand in hand. Anyone who has skipped a meal knows it’s difficult to concentrate. And when growing bodies skip a meal it’s even worse. Eating the right things is just as important as eating regular meals. The right nutrition fuels us for our day ahead. The week also provides opportunities for educators and families to discuss physical activity, mindfulness, and emotional health. Teachers and parents come together to share goals and achievements in these areas while setting new goals for continued improvement.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #EveryKidHealthyWeek

    • Do a healthy food taste test with kids to find foods they like that are also healthy.
    • Take your kids on a smell safari at a produce store to see what healthy foods they can identify by smell.
    • For younger kids, use grapes, blueberries, or a fruit/veggie of your choice to help your child count their way through homework.
    • Work on developing healthy habits like taking walks and routine teeth brushing.
    • Use #Act4HlthyKids, #EveryKidHealthyWeek to follow on social media.


    The group called “Action for Healthy Kids” started Every Kid Healthy Week in 2013 as a celebration of school health.


  • NATIONAL COIN WEEK – Third Week in April


    The third week in April is National Coin Week, and it celebrates the popular hobby of collecting coins, paper money, and other numismatic objects. The fascination with numismatics is linked to culture, history, art, and science for millions of people who enjoy collecting coins and paper money.

    The word numismatics comes from the adjective numismatic, meaning “of coins.”

    Numismatics is called the “Hobby of Kings,” due to its most esteemed founders. Professional societies were organized in the 19th century. The Royal Numismatic Society was founded in 1836 and immediately began publishing the journal that became the Numismatic Chronicle.

    Numismatics is the study or collection of currency, including coins, tokens, paper money, and related objects.
    While mediums of exchange have existed for all time, the first coins, as we know them, were struck under King Ardys, (652-615 B.C.) ruler of Lydia; located in modern-day Turkey. The coins were struck from electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver that was found in quantity in the mountains and streams of the country.

    Ptolemy I (323-285B.C.) of Egypt was the first ruler to place his own image on the coins issued under his authority, a practice that continues to the present day.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCoinWeek

    • Join your local coin club.
    • Design your own coin.
    • Visit the coin collector site American Numismatic Association.
    • Follow on Social Media #NationalCoinWeek and #GreatAmericanCoinHunt


    National Coin Week is sponsored by the American Numismatic Association. The first National Coin Week was held Feb. 9-16, 1924. National Coin Week began in 1923 when American Numismatic Association Governor Julius Guttag suggested that a week-long event should be established “to attract the general public to our hobby and consequently increase our membership, and aid in our science.” That December, the first announcement of a “Coin Week” was made in The Numismatist and scheduled for the week of February 9-16, 1924. In 1942 the observance was moved to the third full week of April, where it has remained ever since.


  • SKY AWARENESS WEEK – Last Full Week in April


    The last full week of April is National Sky Awareness Week (SAW). The goal is to get people to look up and notice sky conditions, variant colors, the clouds, and how they’re moving.

    Have you ever studied the sky? It’s ever-changing and offers clues to what’s happening in the atmosphere. By day, we can examine the clouds, color of the sky, jet trails, and search for rainbows, sun rays, and the moon. By night, stars and planets glitter the inky expanse fascinating and mesmerizing us.

    Every day the sky tells us a different story. It reveals hints at the amount of moisture in the air. Drifting clouds tell us the direction of the wind. It reflects the light of the sun and forecasts the weather for the day.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SkyAwarenessWeek

    • Get outside and practice nephelococcygia – the art of finding shapes in the clouds.
    • See how meteorology, astronomy, geology, oceanography, and hydrology blend with other sciences to create the environment. Go to the source of Sky Awareness Week:
    • Learn how to read the sky
    • Answer questions like, “Why is the sky blue?”
    • Follow on Facebook.
    • Follow on social media #skyawarenessweek.


    Meteorologist H. Michael Mogil and educator Barbara Levine of How the Weather Works founded Sky Awareness Week. The organization is a weather education and forensic services company.


  • GATHERING OF NATIONS – Fourth Weekend in April

    Michael Baker – New Town


    The Gathering of Nations is the largest pow-wow in North America. It is always the fourth weekend in April every year, on the Powwow Grounds at Expo NM, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More than 565 tribes from around the United States and 220 from Canada travel to Albuquerque to participate.

    The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow is a two-day event for all people (Indian and Non-Indian) to come see colorful Native American Pow Wow dancing, to hear the songs and become enlightened with emotional happiness!

    With over 3,000+ indigenous/Native American/Indian dancers and singers representing more than 500+ tribes from Canada and the United States come to the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow annually to participate socially and competitively.

    It has been said by many that the Gathering of Nations PowWow is the Mecca of Indian Country; while others have said “There is a magic about the “Gathering.”

    Many people from around the world have made the Gathering of Nations Powwow their travel destination. The Gathering of Nations has grown to become more than just a “Powwow“, it’s an experience! While the Miss Indian World Pageant has become the largest and most prestigious Cultural Pageant for young Native/Indigenous women over the years.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GatheringOfNations

    • Visit the Gathering of Nations website.
    • Join the conversation on social media with: #GatheringOfNations and #MissIndianWorldPageant
    • Follow on Facebook 
    • Follow on Twitter


    The Gathering of Nations began “unofficially” in 1983 at the University of Albuquerque, in ABQ, NM.  In 1984, the event took on the name Gathering of Nations Powwow, which was held on the NM Fair Grounds in the small Horse Arena, for two challenging years. After two years at the Horse Arena, GON knew it had to move to a larger venue.


  • PRESERVATION WEEK – Last Week in April


    Photos, documents, letters, stories, books, and more are the focus of Preservation Week at the end of April each year. The national campaign raises awareness about collecting and preserving family and community history. These bits of history give us glimpses into a community’s relationships, families, and heritage. The day connects the general public to preservation information and expertise. It’s also an opportunity to explore public collections and support their efforts at preservation.

    Private and public collections can be explored in many ways. From local to national, libraries, museums, preservation societies, and more carefully collect and archive massive collections of historical items for future generations to explore and learn from. At home, family historians record and organize photos, letters, journals, art and objects of every shape and size.

    The American Library Association encourages libraries and other institutions to use Preservation Week to highlight efforts, individually and together, to preserve personal and shared collections.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #PreservationWeek

    • Visit the Preservation Week website to learn how to preserve family collections.
    • Invite a speaker to talk about a preservation topic.
    • Attend a public book repair or conservation treatment.
    • Join a local heritage society.
    • Volunteer to help with preservation efforts in your area.
    • Follow on social media with #PreservationWeek #alcts (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services).


    The American Library Association organized the first Preservation Week in 2010 to highlight the importance of preserving cultural heritage materials.

    Society of American Archivists, the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and many other cultural heritage organizations promote the observance of Preservation Week.

    In 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that U.S. institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. Libraries alone hold 3 billion items (63 percent of the whole). A treasure trove of uncounted additional items is held by individuals, families, and communities. These collections include books, manuscripts, photographs, prints and drawings, and objects such as maps, textiles, paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and furniture, to give just a sample. They include moving images and sound recordings that capture performing arts, oral history, and other records of our creativity and history. Digital collections are growing fast, and their formats quickly become obsolescent, if not obsolete.




    National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) is an annual celebration of the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care. NMLPW, takes place the last full week in April each year. It is coordinated by a collaborative committee with representatives from 17 national clinical laboratory organizations.

    Medical laboratory professionals are vital members of the medical community. Their work assists doctors in diagnosing and treating illnesses. They also help to document progress assisting doctors to determine whether treatments are working or not. The laboratory also lets us know when we are doing things right and maintaining our optimum health.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #MedicalLaboratoryProfessionalsWeek

    • Watch for an open house that a local clinic or hospital may sponsor.
    • Take your children to inspire them to become a laboratory professional.
    • Invite a laboratory professional to give a slide show presentation of the clinical laboratory at civic club meetings, in hospital lobbies, or in schools.
    • Use #LaboratoryProfessionalsWeek, #lab4life #labweek to share on social media.


    Medical Laboratory Professionals Week originated in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week, or NMLW, under the auspices of the American Society for Medical Technology, now called the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). In subsequent years, other organizations have served as cosponsors and campaign supporters. In 2005, National Medical Laboratory Week was changed to National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week to emphasize the person whose expertise is needed in the performance of laboratory testing

    Beginning with the 2013 celebration the word “National” was dropped from the title for brevity, and it became Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.



    National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrating the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. NIIW is observed during the last week of April. The exact timing varies slightly from year to year as we attempt to avoid potential holiday schedule conflicts.

    NIIW is recognized as part of World Immunization Week (WIW), an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO). During WIW, all six WHO regions, including more than 180 Member States, territories, and areas, will simultaneously promote immunization, advance equity in the use of vaccines and universal access to vaccination services, and enable cooperation on cross-border immunization activities.

    NIIW provides an opportunity to:

    • Highlight the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases, especially to infants and young children, and the importance and benefits of childhood immunization
    • Educate parents and caregivers about the importance of vaccination in protecting their children from birth against vaccine-preventable diseases
    • Focus attention on immunization achievements and celebrate the accomplishments made possible through successful collaboration
    • Step up efforts to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases and thereby give them a healthy start in life
    • Encourage better communication between parents and healthcare professionals.
    • Remind parents and caregivers of the importance of making and keeping needed immunization appointments.
    • Provide help to parents and caregivers to locate a healthcare professional who participates in the Vaccines for Children’s program, a federally funded program that provides vaccinations at no cost to children whose parents cannot afford to pay for them.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InfantImmunizationWeek

    • Visit the Center for Disease Control immunization website.
    • Do online research to see what most recent research says about immunization.
    • Work with a service club or church to set up a program for people who need transportation to health clinics or doctors’ offices.
    • Follow on social media #NationalInfantImmunizationWeek #ivax2protect , #ivax2protect
    • Follow the CDC on Facebook.


    Since 1994, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure that infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases, including influenza.


  • NATIONAL PET ID WEEK – Begins April 17


    National Pet ID Week is always for seven days starting April 17. It gives pet owners an excellent opportunity to review the steps they can take to ensure their pet has the best chance of being recovered should the animal become lost.

    An estimated one in three pets will go missing at some point. Data also suggests that about 5 million animals enter shelters each year. Of those shelter animals, 40 to 60 percent are lost pets. Getting those pets back home can reduce shelter crowding and free up valuable resources and kennel space for truly homeless animals.

    Dog collars with identifying features are historic. Ancient kings, queens, and pharaohs used dog collars to show the status of dogs. Even though it is believed that dog collars with identifying features originated in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece gave dog collars their practical purpose. While the Egyptians used dog collars for decorative and possibly even identification purposes, Ancient Greeks used dog collars for more than identifying the dog and its owner. Farmers created spiked dog collars to protect their dogs’ throats from being ripped out by wolves.

    Vets recommend every pet owner prepare for a lost pet. They say pet identification is a crucial step to keeping pets safe. Even the most well-behaved cats and dogs can get lost, runoff unexpectedly, or get separated from their owners. Two popular ways to I-D your pet are to use a microchip and a dog collar and tag. Collar tags are historically the most common. Pet owners can get personalized tags are available at pet stores or online.

    Tag Info

    Make sure the tag has the most important piece of information:

    • Your cell phone number. Inspect your pet’s collar and tags.
    • Are they in good repair?
    • Are the tags readable? Or scratched and worn?
    • Is the contact information up to date? (Contact info should include your cell phone number and your address.)

    Microchips for pets began in the mid-1990s. Global Positioning Systems were developed to become “bionics capable” of being read by satellites using Radio Frequency Identification of RFID. They could be tracked within inches of their location anywhere on the planet.

    Not only are pets microchipped, but a Washington Times story from 1995 wrote that the United Kingdom’s Prince William, was electronically ‘tagged’ for security reasons.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPetIDWeek

    • Follow on Social Media #NationalPetIDWeek, #PetIdWeek
    • Add identification to your pet’s collar.
    • Consider getting a microchip. If your pet is already microchipped, make sure your address and phone number are up to date with the manufacturer.
    • Keep the microchip brand, the 1-800 number of the company, and the microchip number of your pet in an easily accessible place.
    • Keep current photos of your animals.


    We were unable to identify the source of National Pet ID Week.


  • NEURODIAGNOSTIC WEEK – Third Week in April


    The third week in April is Neurodiagnostic Week. The purpose of the week is to acknowledge the year-round efforts of the Neurodiagnostic professionals around the world. It is an opportunity to educate others, recruit new students into the profession, and to promote neurodiagnostic awareness in the community. It is also a great time to celebrate the individual accomplishments of neurodiagnostic technologists everywhere.

    Neurodiagnostic Technologists work in the fields of:

    • Electroencephalography (EEG)
    • Evoked Potentials (EP)
    • Intraoperative Monitoring (IONM)
    • Long Term Monitoring/Epilepsy (LTM)
    • Continuous EEG in the Intensive Care Units (cEEG/ICU)
    • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
    • Polysomnography/Sleep Studies (PSG)

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NeurodiagnosticWeek

    • Follow on social media #NDWeek.
    • Invite an EEG tech to speak to your group, your school, your brown-bag lunch.
    • Watch a video about becoming a Neurodiagnostics tech.


    1929: Mapping brain activity started in German with the first the electroencephalogram (EEG).
    In the 1950s, EEGs were performed in major medical centers and filtered into private practices.

    1959, ASET – The Neurodiagnostic Society is organized. It is the largest national professional association for individuals involved in the study and recording of electrical activity in the brain and nervous system. ASET’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and professional excellence for our members, creating greater awareness of the profession and establishing standards and best practices to ensure quality patient care.

    1984: ASET, the American Society of Electroencephalographic Technologists sponsors the first National EEG Awareness Week.

    1986: Digital instruments for all-night sleep recordings and long-term monitoring appear.

    Neurodiagnostic Techs record and study the electrical activity of the brain and nervous system in a variety of ways. They work with patients who have diagnoses of epilepsy, coma, sleep disorders, tumors, strokes, and countless more diseases, injuries, and conditions of the central and peripheral nervous systems.