NATIONAL SPECIAL EDUCATION DAY
On December 2nd, National Special Education Day commemorates the anniversary of the nation’s first federal special education law. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was signed into law on December 2, 1972.
IDEA made education available to all American children and this day honors the progress that has been made in special education. Before IDEA, many individuals with disabilities received little to no education. Schools were not required to make accommodations for children with disabilities. While some states offered special schools, the education and resources were not necessarily equal. Additionally, many parents couldn’t afford to send their children away to a special school.
The law stipulated that children with disabilities had a right to the same free education that every other child had access to. Between the ages of 3 and 21, there are 13 different areas where children may qualify under the IDEA for services. IDEA was instrumental in increasing graduation rates for students with disabilities.
IDEA resulted in many changes beyond bringing students equal education. The integration of students also helps to remove the stigma of disabilities. Another result of IDEA was the stimulation of technology for students with disabilities and for the classrooms. These technologies improved the education of all students.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SpecialEducationDay
Share how IDEA impacted your life or the life of a family member. Use #SpecialEducationDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL SPECIAL EDUCATION DAY HISTORY
Special Education Day was first celebrated in 2005 which was the 30th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. President Gerald Ford sign the law on December 2, 1975.
NATIONAL MUTT DAY
National Mutt Day encourages us to embrace, save and celebrate mixed breed dogs twice a year on July 31st and December 2nd.
Desperately longing for a new home, millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs in shelters wait for someone to come and adopt them. National Mutt Day provides an excellent opportunity to find the perfect canine companion. Despite the name, a mutt learns, obeys and trains much like purebred animals. While their lineage cannot be traced and their features a bit murky, their companionship will be faithful.
According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and often abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home. Whether you know it or not, their potential is limitless. Some of the benefits of adoption are often hidden. Human and canine both enjoy increased physical activity. Another boost is social interaction through daily walks. While humans develop patience, their four-legged companion learns to trust and new limits. For example, as dogs explore the many scents of the human lifestyle, they usually discover shoes are off-limits.
No matter the breed, size or demeanor of the human, er, canine, the shelter will take the time to find the right home for their animals. They schedule visits and have procedures in place to promote healthy adoptions for families and individuals. While some dogs experience injury or illness, the shelters work with veterinarians to heal the animals before making them available for adoption.
Of course, shelters always welcome donations and volunteers. Dogs love walking, playing and being loved even if they haven’t found their forever home. Every moment they spend socializing increases their opportunity for adoption.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMuttDay
Visit a shelter; if you are unable to adopt a dog, you can always volunteer. Post on social media using #NationalMuttDay and encourage others to join in.
NATIONAL MUTT DAY HISTORY
Celebrity Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, founded National Mutt Day in 2005. Celebrate the day on both December 2 and July 31 of each year. Learn more at www.nationalmuttday.com.
Cyber Monday is the Internet’s answer to Black Friday deals. The official observance takes place the Monday after Thanksgiving.
While Internet-based companies traditionally offered their best holiday shopping on Cyber Monday to compete with Black Friday deals in brick and mortar stores, things have been changing. However, in more recent years, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals tend to run together. Some start as early as the week of Thanksgiving and run right through the holiday season. But don’t neglect online deals. There may still be savings to be had.
In 2014, Monday after Thanksgiving online sales continued to trend upward with 15.4% increase in revenue from 2013 sales, making it the biggest, online shopping day in history. In 2014 Americans spent an average of $124 per order on Cyber Monday.
Social media also ramps up advertising opportunities, bringing potential shoppers to retailers’ online stores. Cyber shopping is expected to be up again this year with a predicted 3 billion in sales.
Purchases on mobile devices also have increased, adding to the convenience of Cyber shopping for the holidays. No longer do you have to be strapped to your PC or Mac in order to make an online purchase. Purchases can now be made on the train during a morning commute while waiting for a doctor’s appointment or during a lunch break.
Some of the most popular online purchases are likely to be tech items, especially wearable technology as well as traditional small appliances, clothing, gift cards, and digital media.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CyberMonday
Get your computer out and enjoy those online deals. Use #CyberMonday to post on social media.
CYBER MONDAY HISTORY
On November 28 of 2005, Cyber Monday joined the lexicon thanks to a press release in Shop.org. They announced a marketing revolution with the title “Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year” with astounding online sales increases the Monday following Thanksgiving.
NATIONAL FRITTERS DAY
National Fritters Day on December 2nd allows for no frittering away of the time. Make haste and get them while they are hot!
Fritters come in a variety of forms, from morsels dipped in flavorful batters to bits of dough stuffed or filled with delicious surprises. All of the varieties are deep-fried and served hot with dips, drips or dustings of seasonings, sweets or sauces. Found in cuisines all around the world, fritters are believed to have first been consumed by Ancient Romans. They then introduced them to Europe. Most commonly filled with fruit or cheese, they can also be filled with savory meats, seafood, and vegetables.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFrittersDay
Serve up some fritters with your meal tonight. You can try corn fritters or apple fritters. Another favorite is potato fritters. Try a few different recipes, but be sure to share your favorite. We’ve provided some recipes to enjoy.
Use #NationalFrittersDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL FRITTERS DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this delicious fried food holiday.
On Deck for December 3, 2019
- National Roof Over Your Head Day
- World Trick Shot Day – First Tuesday in December
- National Day of Giving – #GivingTuesday – Usually Follows Cyber Monday
Recipe of the Day
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total Prep: 40 minutes
Servings: 3 dozen
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 12 ounce package chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 375°.
In a medium bowl, combine butter and sugar until creamy.
Add eggs one at a time.
Stir in vanilla.
In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients.
Gradually add to the wet ingredients.
Incorporate the chocolate chips.
Drop by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
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