Category: March

  • NATIONAL I AM DAY | Second Sunday in March

    The second Sunday in March celebrates National I AM Day as a reminder to set time aside for daily positive affirmation and self-care.

    #NATIONALIAMDAY

    There is power in words. When we can believe what we speak in our own lives, we can impact the lives of others through our positive outlook on life. 

    I AM are two powerful words you can say that will change the way you think and feel about yourself. Also known as daily positive affirmations, the words I AM can help you overcome fear, self-doubt, and reduce self-sabotage. In fact, saying daily I AM affirmations will help you believe in yourself so you can achieve becoming your highest self. National I AM Day encourages everyone to reach their full potential through self-empowerment, self-motivation, and self-encouragement. Starting with I AM.

    10 Reasons to Why I AM Affirmations Work

    1. Helps you focus to achieve goals.
    2. Changes negative thinking patterns.
    3. Improves mental health.
    4. Restores self-esteem.
    5. Reduces stress.
    6. Provides relaxation alternatives during stressful moments.
    7. Improves your daily self-care routine.
    8. Boosts confidence.
    9. Replaces negative thoughts through positive reinforcement.
    10. Sets a reminder that things are temporary.

    Saying daily positive affirmations using I AM will reprogram your brain by replacing any negative thoughts, images, or ideas you may have of yourself. When you begin saying daily positive affirmations, your brain shifts away from the things that weigh you down. In fact, you will begin seeing yourself in a different light. Your brain begins to grow by increasing the power of creating an amazing life for you and those around you. Having positive thoughts every day is a powerful tool for you to use as you tackle everyday stresses and life altering experiences. Daily I AM affirmations are a positive reinforcement within your brain that will lead you to a healthier, happier life.

    How do I start saying positive affirmations? Starting daily positive affirmations begins with a small commitment to yourself. Your life is your journey. Only you know when you need to make small changes to improve your personal perception of life. By inserting the phrase I AM into your self-care routine, you will begin shifting your mindset and eventually create a more positive outlook on your life.

    National I AM Day Tips

    • Always practice affirmations using the present tense.
    • Avoid using words that give a negative intention.
    • Set aside time when you wake up or are ready for bed to say your affirmations.
    • Say your affirmations out loud and listen to your voice speak your affirmation phrases.
    • Find and use affirmations that have meaning to you, your life, and experiences.
    • Create your own affirmations based on areas you feel need change.

    Daily affirmations are not a cure for problems that resonate in your life. Affirmations will not solve your problems, but they will help how you react to your problems. Daily practice brings the best results, and it may take time to see results from your new self-care routine. Give yourself time to see the positive effects from your daily positive affirmation routine and experience your life changing.

    I AM. . .

    • I AM beautiful and unique.
    • I AM strong and independent.
    • I AM grateful for a new day.
    • I AM thankful for the life I have.
    • I AM an amazing human being.
    • I AM resilient and brave.
    • I AM more than enough. I AM enough.
    • I AM learning to become the best version of myself.

    FOUNDER OF NATIONAL I AM DAY

    In January 2023, National Day Calendar formed a collaboration with S.H.E Inc 501c3 Sisters Helping Each-Other and the She ROCKS It organization to create National I AM Day. This new celebration encourages everyone to set daily positive affirmations for themselves as a way to practice self-care.

    About

    The She ROCKS It organization mission provides a platform where women can come together and celebrate each other. Their goal is to help women network, inspire and empower, while encouraging them to be motivated. The organization supports and acknowledges the success of women by using their platform and putting them in the spotlight. They believe in promoting lifelong learning by hosting educational events, promoting positive relationships, and lifting one another up.

    For years I witnessed successful everyday women going above and beyond their daily jobs to do things that impacted and changed the lives of others. These women didn’t serve and give to receive recognition, they gave and served because it was their purpose and passion in life. They saw this as a way of fulfilling their life purpose.

    Joyce Dawkins, Founder, She Rocks It Organization

    She ROCKS It is dedicated to creating events that give women an unforgettable experience. Their events are created with today’s woman in mind, empowering women to live their best life by showing the world who SHE is.

  • INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY – March 31

    INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY

    International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31st raises awareness about transgender rights. The day also recognizes the accomplishments of transgender and non-binary people and highlights the work that still needs to be done to achieve equality.

    Transgender and non-binary people are those who identify with a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth. In recent years, the transgender community has faced discrimination in various areas, including school, employment, and housing. The day encourages people to share their trans and non-binary stories and to support the trans community in their commitment to equality and acceptance.

    The observance also recognizes those who’ve advocated for change and supported the trans community. It’s an opportunity to break down barriers and improve relationships among all genders.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #TransgenderDayOfVisibility

    • Learn about what it means to be transgender.
    • Help break down barriers with education and understanding.
    • Share your stories and explore the history of gender identity.
    • Read about transgender history in books like Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman by Leslie Feinberg.
    • Watch The Trans List featuring stories about celebrities and public figures who are trans and non-binary.
    • Visit GLAAD for information and resources.
    • Use #TransgenderDayOfVisibility to join the conversation on social media.

    INTERNATIONAL TRANSGENDER DAY OF VISIBILITY

    Activists first observed Transgender Day of Visibility in 2014. The following year a social media campaign increased support for the day. President Joe Biden proclaimed International Transgender Day of Visibility in 2021 to be observed on March 31st.

     

  • CLASSROOM – Crayon

    CLASSROOM – Crayon

    National Crayon Day inspires this week’s classroom and why not? Crayons are an essential tool for every student. Even high school students find coloring relaxing and a creative outlet. When was the last time you colored? Yesterday? This morning? We never grow too old to color.

    HOW TO OBSERVE CLASSROOM – Crayon

    Break out the crayons. Color. Create art. Sort. Collect. Use every color in the box!

    Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

    1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
    2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
    3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
    4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
    5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
    6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

    Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS

    Check out this week’s dot-to-dot and then head over to our long list of coloring pages. We have many to choose from. You can also complete the Celebration Challenge.

    There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day® with National Day Calendar®!

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  • GLOBAL RECYCLING DAY – March 18

    GLOBAL RECYCLING DAY

    Every year on March 18th, Global Recycling Day invites everyone to look at their trash in a different way. The initiative serves as a reminder that much of our trash is reusable, recyclable or not really trash at all.

    Worldwide we dump an astonishing 2.12 billion tons of waste. That number includes food, electronics, paper waste, and much more. Eventually, there will be no place to put it all if we don’t develop creative solutions to eliminate and reduce waste.

    Communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals promote recycling, reusing, and repurposing items. They also host competitions inspiring a wealth of recycling know-how. It’s an opportunity to develop new ways to use old things and make it a regular habit.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GlobalRecyclingDay

    • Host an event in your community.
    • Develop new ways to reuse, recycle and repurpose what we already have.
    • Start composting fruit and vegetable scraps.
    • Learn food preservation.
    • Start recycling cans, paper, and plastic.
    • Encourage your community leaders to implement and support recycling.
    • Examine your trash. How can you change what you throw to reduce your waste’s impact on the Earth?
    • Visit the Bureau of International Recycling for more information.
    • Share your experiences using #GlobalRecyclingDay.

    GLOBAL RECYCLING DAY HISTORY

    The Bureau of International Recycling established Global Recycling Day in 2018. That same year, the United Nation Industrial Development Organization recognized the event. Since then, organizations around the world have joined the observance by supporting events that increase awareness and encourage international cooperation that will help to reduce the amount of waste we produce.

     

  • CLASSROOM – Goof Off

    CLASSROOM – Goof Off

    We don’t usually goof off in the classroom. However, sometimes goofing off is a good thing, even in the classroom. We can goof off for a few minutes to clear our minds and get ready for the next project, lesson or subject. There are many ways to goof off. We can play games, sing songs, or just be silly. And then, it’s time to get back to work, fresh and alert.

    HOW TO OBSERVE CLASSROOM – Goof Off

    Take a break and get goofy.

    Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

    1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
    2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
    3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
    4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
    5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
    6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

    Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS

    There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day® with National Day Calendar®!

  • INTERNATIONAL CLIENT’S DAY – March 19

    INTERNATIONAL CLIENT’S DAY – March 19

    Every year on March 19th, International Client’s Day provides an opportunity for company owners and managers to celebrate their clients. It’s also a day to recognize the importance of retaining loyal clients.

    Did you know that there are over 213 million companies in the world? While the types of companies are quite diverse, they have one thing in common. Most of these companies depend upon clients and customers in order to succeed. The best-run companies treat their clients well. They do this by:

    • Listening to their clients.
    • Apologizing when something goes wrong.
    • Staying calm during difficult situations.
    • Identifying and anticipating their client’s needs.
    • Suggesting solutions and providing remedies to problems.
    • Being available and providing excellent customer service.

    Companies that do all of these things well are treating their clients with the dignity and respect they deserve. These companies are also retaining customers, which is very important in such a competitive market.

    Customer loyalty is also important because it helps create new customers. In fact, 68 percent of new customers come from current customers. It’s also much easier to sell services to an existing customer. The probability of selling to an existing customer is up to 70 percent, compared to only 5 to 20 percent for new customers. One more reason it’s important to retain clients is they are 50 percent more likely to buy new products.

    For all of these reasons, it’s of utmost importance for company owners and managers to recognize and celebrate their clients.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalClientsDay

    • Send thank you cards to clients and customers.
    • Donate money to a charity in each client’s honor.
    • Offer a discounted or free service.
    • Give a client or customer an unexpected upgrade.
    • Don’t forget online visitors and shoppers.
    • Post a shout-out to clients on social media.
    • You can also spread awareness for this day on social media with #InternationalClientsDay.

    INTERNATIONAL CLIENT’S DAY HISTORY

    In 2010, a company in Klaipėda, Lithuania wanted to come up with a way to celebrate its foundation. They came up with the idea of acknowledging their clients, who are the foundation of every business. The first event was held on March 19, 2010. In the following years, several international companies began celebrating their clients on this day as well.

     

  • WORLD OBESITY DAY – March 4

    WORLD OBESITY DAY

    Every year on March 4th, World Obesity Day encourages people across the globe to respond to the obesity crisis. It’s also a day to increase obesity awareness, encourage advocacy, improve policies, and share experiences.

    According to the Worldwide Health Organization (WHO), obesity affected over 650 million adults in 2016. Today, that number is closer to 800 million. This number has tripled since 1975. Adults that have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more are considered obese. Poor health is one of the many consequences of obesity. Here are some health issues associated with obesity:

    • Premature death
    • High blood pressure
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Coronary heart disease
    • Sleep apnea
    • Chronic pain
    • Certain kinds of cancers

    Obesity also takes a toll on one’s mental health as well. It’s not uncommon for those who are obese to suffer with anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders.

    Some people mistakenly think that overeating is the sole cause of obesity. This may be true in some cases, but not all. There are other causes of obesity. Some of the root causes of obesity include genetics, lack of sleep, poor mental health, certain medications, and a lack of access to proper healthcare. Some people also lack an education on basic nutrition.

    Those who struggle with obesity often experience weight bias. This means that people have a negative attitude about them because of their weight. When this occurs, those who are obese can be discriminated against in the workplace or education setting.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldObesityDay

    • World Obesity Federation encourages people living with obesity to share their stories.
    • People can also show their support for the youth-led Act4Food Act4Change campaign.
    • Many health care organizations host educational seminars about the health issues associated with obesity.
    • Learn more about how obesity plays a role in poorer mental health and reduced quality of life.
    • Find ways to support people in your life that are struggling with obesity.
    • Make it a mission to understand the roots of obesity and do your part to stop the stigma.
    • Educate yourself about the obesity crisis by reading, A Big Fat Crisis by Deborah A. Cohen, MD, or Planet Obesity: How We’re Eating Ourselves and the Planet to Death by Garry Egger and Boyd Swinburn.
    • Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldObesityDay.

    WORLD OBESITY DAY HISTORY

    Over the past couple of decades, various obesity awareness days have been held throughout the world. One of the first was European Obesity Day, established in 2010. To increase further awareness, the World Obesity Federation launched World Obesity Day in 2015. Since then, several organizations across the globe have come together on this day to respond to the obesity crisis.

     

  • CLASSROOM – Johnny Appleseed

    CLASSROOM – Johnny Appleseed

    Spring is the perfect time to talk about planting in the classroom and Johnny Appleseed in the inspiring legend of a real man who is also part myth. This week in the classroom we offer a couple of projects to use in the classroom for National Johnny Appleseed Day.

    HOW TO OBSERVE CLASSROOM – Johnny Appleseed

    Explore the story of Johnny Appleseed. What do your students think about how he lived and what parts of his story are reality and what is myth?

    Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

    1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
    2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
    3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
    4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
    5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
    6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

    Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS

    There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day® with National Day Calendar®!

  • DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH – March

    DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH

    Each year in March, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month focuses increased awareness on the needs of those with developmental disabilities. The observance also highlights their potential in schools, work, and home.

    A developmental disability is a condition usually diagnosed during a child’s development and before adulthood. Developmental disabilities impair several areas of development such as physical, learning, language, or behavior.

    A variety of conditions fall into the category of developmental disabilities. However, early diagnosis is one of the keys to limiting the impact of a disability on a child’s long-term development. Developmental milestones such as language, response to sounds, walking, and following simple instructions are just a few milestones in a child’s development. Families and physicians monitor these milestones to identify possible delays.

    Screenings also help to identify developmental disabilities. Before and after birth, a mother’s OB-GYN and the pediatrician screen and monitor a child’s progress.

    The month also highlights programs and tools that assist those with developmental disabilities to reach their fullest potential. Organizations specializing in the needs of those with developmental disabilities are constantly improving access to resources and increasing the general public’s awareness.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #DevelopmentalDisabilitiesAwarenessMonth

    • Learn about the different types of disabilities.
    • Read first-hand stories by people with developmental disabilities. We suggest:
      • Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century by Alice Wong
      • Look Me In the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robinson
      • How Can I Talk If My Lips Don’t Move: Inside My Autistic Mind by Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay
      • The Year My Son and I Were Born: A Story of Down Syndrome, Motherhood, and Self-Discovery by Kathryn Lynard Soper
    • Share your stories.
    • Seek support from local organizations.
    • Help raise awareness by sharing this day on social media.
    • Use #DevelopmentalDisabilitiesAwarenessMonth on social media.

    NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH HISTORY

    In 1987, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

  • CLASSROOM – Farming

    CLASSROOM – Farming

    National Farm Rescuer Day inspires this week’s topic in the Classroom. Farming is a vital industry that feeds not only you and me but the entire world. We also introduce a new Celebration Challenge format that can be used as often as you like.

    HOW TO OBSERVE CLASSROOM – Farming

    Discuss how farming impacts our lives. From the farmer who sows a grain of wheat to the baker who makes the bread to the grocery store employee who stocks the shelves to the meal we will eat tonight, farmers touch everyone’s lives many times over.

    Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

    1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
    2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
    3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
    4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
    5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
    6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

    Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS

    Download and print this week’s projects.

    There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day® with National Day Calendar®!