NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY
Across the country on January 9th each year, citizens take the lead to show support on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
Law Enforcement Officers of every rank and file have chosen a profession that puts their life on the line every day for their communities. They’ve answered a call to public service that is demanding and often unappreciated.
From local, state and federal, their duties command dedication. The jobs are often thankless and take them away from their families for long hours. Rarely do they know what their days have in store for them. Often law enforcement are the only paid emergency resource a community has. More often they work in coordination with other local, state, and federal organizations to make communities safer.
On National Law Enforcement Day, we have an opportunity to thank them for their service and offer a token of respect.
HOW TO OBSERVE #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay
There are several ways to show your support. Send a note of thanks to your local, county or state police agency. Wear blue, turn your social media channels blue or shine a blue porch light to show your support. Find more ideas at Concerns of Police Survivors and share your support using #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY
Several organizations came together to create National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in 2015 to thank officers across the country for all the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. Some of the organizations supporting the observance include:
- Concerns of Police Survivors
- FBI National Academy Associates
- Fraternal Order of Police
- International Association of Chief of Police
- Officer Down Memorial Page
- Law Enforcement United
- National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
- International Conference of Police Chaplains
- National Troopers Coalition
Since then the inaugural celebration, nationwide many more organizations have joined forces to support National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.) to spread encouragement and respect to these dedicated men and women.
NATIONAL STATIC ELECTRICITY DAY
It may be a little shocking, but National Static Electricity Day is January 9. The observance explores static electricity and even how we may cause it.
Static electricity is different from the electrical current carried by wires through a building or transmitted by the electric companies. Static electricity is produced when the positive and negative charges of an atom are out of balance.
The atoms of some materials hold their electrons tightly. These materials, such as plastic, cloth, or glass, are insulators. While electrons of these substances do not move very freely, the electrons of other materials, such as metal, move more freely and are called conductors.
By rubbing two insulators together, we transfer electrons, causing positive and negative charges. Opposites do attract. Atoms with a positive charge become attracted to atoms with a negative charge. We can see the evidence if we rub a balloon head. When we pull the balloon away, the hair clings to the balloon.
Remove the balloon, and the hair may stand on end. In this circumstance, the hair has the same charge (either positive or negative). Items with the same charge repel each other.
At some point, these charges need to be put back in balance, and the static electricity is discharged. The release or the resulting shock occurs when an insulator comes in contact with a conductor, such as a piece of metal.
How to Avoid the Shock of Static Electricity
- The drier air of winter months is a better insulator than the more humid air of summer. To help prevent static electricity, use a humidifier to put moister back into the air in your home during the winter months.
- Our skin is drier in the winter months, too. Putting on moisturizer before getting dressed is recommended.
- Synthetic fabrics are better insulators than natural fibers. Wearing materials made from natural fibers such as cotton will help reduce the amount of static electricity that’s stirred up.
- While walking around the house, at work, or shopping, holding a key or a metal pen in your hand will help discharge the build-up of static electricity painlessly.
- Switching to leather-soled shoes versus rubber-soled shoes will help reduce the amount of static that is built up.
HOW TO OBSERVE #StaticElectricityDay
Learn how static electricity affects us. Explore the ways you come into contact with static electricity and how you create it, too. Run an experiment and share your results.
Use #StaticElectricityDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for useful information you can use in your classroom.
NATIONAL STATIC ELECTRICITY DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar staff is shocked that we’ve not discovered the origins of this day! But we’ll keep searching.
NATIONAL APRICOT DAY
Apricot lovers from all over the United States observe National Apricot Day every year on January 9th.
Related to the peach, the apricot’s velvety flesh is quite similar. However, the texture of the golden-orange fruit is firmer, and the flavor more tart than its cousin’s. Since we easily preserve the apricot, we enjoy this versatile fruit all year long – fresh, canned, and dried.
Apricots are found the world over but originated in northeastern China near the Russian border in ancient times. Later, the fruit was introduced to Europe and Armenia. The apricot found its way to North America when English colonists settled in Virginia. Apricots traveled further west when Spanish explorers and missionaries brought them on expeditions. This migration caused apricots to be grown commercially today.
The apricot tree can grow to 45 feet if left unpruned. It produces white, pink, or red blossoms and is a winter-hardy tree. However, early frosts can damage the fruit.
Fresh apricots pack in the nutrients. A 1 cup serving of apricot halves contains 60% of the daily allowance of Vitamin A, and 26% of the daily allowance for Vitamin C. Other vitamins in this low-calorie snack include Vitamin B-6, Magnesium, Iron and Calcium and is also an excellent source of fiber.
With its unique flavor, the apricot is a versatile ingredient lending itself to both sweet and savory dishes. Perfect for snacking, apricots are best fresh off the tree but are also found in markets the year-round. Dried, they are delicious in healthy granola or a salad.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalApricotDay
The best way to celebrate is by eating an apricot. Whether you enjoy preserves or bake up your favorite recipes, be sure to invite someone to enjoy it with you. We’ve even supplied delicious recipes for you to try.
Consider planting an apricot tree in the spring or exploring and learning about apricot growers in your area. Buying local, when possible, supports the growers in your area.
Have some apricots and use #NationalApricotDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL APRICOT DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to explore the source of this fresh and naturally delicious holiday which has been observed since at least 2003.
Recipe of the Day
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total Prep: 55 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
2 slices deli ham
2 slices Swiss cheese
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
Preheat oven to 350°.
Using a meat tenderizer, flatten chicken breast to 1/4 inch.
Top a slice of ham and cheese on each.
Roll up the chicken halves and tuck the ends, securing with toothpicks.
Melt the butter in a shallow bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix bread crumbs, salt, and paprika.
Dip the chicken in the butter and then roll in the crumb mixture.
Place chicken in a greased 8-inch baking dish.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink inside.
In the Classroom
- National Folic Acid Awareness Week – Second Week in January
- National Pizza Week – 7 Days starting 2nd Sunday
- Universal Letter Writing Week – Starts second Sunday every January
- Home Office Safety and Security Week – Falls second week of January each year.
- Cuckoo Dancing Week – Observed annually for 7 days starting on every January 11.
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