NATIONAL WORKING MOMS DAY
Every mom is a working mom. On March 12th, National Working Moms Day celebrates the breadwinners and the breadmakers, the educators and the role models, those resilient, inspirational fixtures in our children’s lives.
Ever since the invention of motherhood, mothers have been innovating, creating, and developing. They strategize and organize, never stopping until the work is done. And through each evolution, we know mothers keep pace with the changing world. Working moms invest in our communities because their small businesses thrive there. We can never celebrate them enough, no matter how many cookies they make or how much bread they bring home.
That’s why National Working Moms Day celebrates every mom. Whether you recognize a marvelous working mother in your life or you reflect on your accomplishments as a working mom, join in the celebration!
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorkingMomsDay
Working Moms Day is an opportunity to appreciate a working mom you know.
- Frequent a business owned and operated by a working mom. Supporting a small business means you’re also supporting a working mom’s family and your community.
- Show your appreciation to a working mom with a handwritten note. Thank you notes are one item that can be re-read for encouragement. Also, technology cannot delete handwritten notes.
- Take over meal duties for the evening. Any working parent knows mealtime is one of the most stressful times of the day.
It’s also a day for working moms to take a little time for themselves.
- Practice some mindfulness. Whether it’s 5 minutes of deep breathing or writing in a journal, take some time just for you.
- Take the day off, if possible. Network with other moms and enjoy much-needed time together.
- Register for a course you’ve been wanting to take. Whether it’s to advance your career or lower your stress levels, make the time.
- Join a working moms network like Working Moms of Milwaukee. Organizations like these offer support, resources, and social network for working moms to share experiences.
You can also share your working mom story on social media. When you do, be sure to use #WorkingMomsDay.
NATIONAL WORKING MOMS DAY HISTORY
Working Moms of Milwaukee (WMM) launched National Working Moms Day in 2020 to celebrate working moms everywhere. WMM’s vision is a one-stop-shop for working mothers in Milwaukee to network, socialize, and share experiences. They aim to create a supportive space where moms can connect both online and in-person, get support from moms that just “get it,” access services to make the day-to-day a little easier, and celebrate this crazy life stage together!
On March 11, 2021, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Working Moms Day to be observed on March 12th, annually.
NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY
Spring is just around the corner, and March 12th is the day to participate in National Plant a Flower Day. Each year this day is dedicated to the planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower gardening has become a hobby for many, young and old, and National Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.
Marigolds and Daffodils are the flowers of March.
It’s good to know the zone you live in to determine which flowers grow as perennials (those that grow back every year) in your area and which are considered annuals (those that require planting every year). To find out more, check out the USDA site for Hardiness Zones.
Seeds can be started inside and set in a sunny window. When the weather is nicer, move those plants outside. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and follow the seed package’s instructions for proper germination of the seedling. Those who can’t wait, get out those seed catalogs and start planning your next flower garden.
Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul. ~Luther Burbank, botanist (1849-1926)
Are you in a warmer climate? Then it’s time to get out the trowel and the garden gloves and start turning over some new soil. Sow some new seeds, bulbs, or plants and nurture those blossoms into a brilliant blaze for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PlantAFlowerDay
Tips for Starting a Flower Garden
- Start with a potted garden. If you aren’t ready to tear up a patch of lawn, this is a good way to go. They do require more watering but less care overall.
- Select plants that grow well in your spot. Some plants grow well in the shade, and others prefer the sun. Others love both!
- Did you know gardeners who prefer perennial gardens have to thin their flower beds every couple of years? They also like to share the extra bulbs and seeds with those who are new to gardening, so if you know someone with a green thumb, get to know them better. You might get some free plants, advice, and a budding friendship!
- Local greenhouses stock plants that grow well in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions and shop there frequently.
Let’s all work together by planting a flower and helping make the world a more beautiful place. Use #PlantAFlowerDay to post on social media.
Educators and families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!
NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this spring-friendly holiday. In the meantime, we encourage you to keep planting flowers.
NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY
As part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day on March 12th honors the history and legacy of Girl Scouting in America each year.
Girl Scouting in the United States of America began on this day, March 12, 1912, when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting. At this first troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia, there were 18 girls present. For these girls, Juliette Gordon Low organized enrichment programs, service projects, and outdoor activities and adventures. Since the time of the first meeting, Girl Scouts has grown to over 3.7 million members.
- The organization’s original name was the Girl Guides of America
- By 1920 there were close to 70,000 members
- By 1930 there were over 200,000 members
- In 2005 there were over 3.7 million members
“Do a Good Turn Daily”
“Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.”
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGirlScoutDay
Celebrate all that the Girl Scouts have done to empower girls and what the organization has done for communities across the country.
- Support your local troops.
- Learn more about the Girl Scout organization and its impact on girls and young women.
- Share your experience with girl scouting.
- Volunteer to be a leader.
For more information, see the official website: Girl Scouts of the USA(GSUSA)
Use #NationalGirlScoutDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT DAY HISTORY
National Girl Scout Day commemorates the birthday of the Girl Scouts of USA. While individual troops and regions have celebrated the anniversary of this day, we were not able to identify when it became an annually observed national day.
NATIONAL BAKED SCALLOPS DAY
March 12th celebrates National Baked Scallops Day and a popular delicacy, the scallop.
Scallops are a cosmopolitan family and can be found in all of the world’s oceans. They are one of the most popular shellfish in the world and highly prized as a food source.
There are two fleshy parts of the scallop that are usually sold at the market for human consumption. The adductor muscle is the white medallion of meat which is rich and sweet. This is the piece that is most familiar as the “scallop” we see on a menu.
There is also the coral or the roe which can range in color from pale coral to bright orange. This crescent-shaped piece is usually discarded before the scallop is sold at market because it may contain toxins. However, sometimes it is sold attached to the adductor muscle. It is bitter and some say it cuts the richness of the rest of the scallop.
These meaty mollusks are very low in fat and are deliciously prepared in a variety of ways. Baking them omits much of the butter and fat that otherwise go into cooking this lean, white seafood.
Restaurants serve baked scallops as both an entree and an appetizer. However, if you enjoy them enough, have one as your starter and then an entree, too!
HOW TO OBSERVE #BakedScallopsDay
Scallops can be a little tricky to bake. However, with practice, anyone can master them. And they’re so delicious. Invite friends and family to enjoy them with you. You won’t be disappointed! We even have a recipe for you to try!
Use #BakedScallopsDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BAKED SCALLOPS DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this tasty seafood holiday.
March 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Juliette Gordon Low found the Girl Scouts of America when she organizes the first Girl Scout troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia.
Inventor and radio pioneer Lee De Forest demonstrates synchronized music and film through his invention called Phonofilm for the first time. The film included musicians playing and dancers, though no voice was included with the film.
Following a unanimous confirmation by the Senate on March 11th, Janet Reno is sworn in as the first female Attorney General.
Recipe of the Day
Coconut Walnut Energy Bites
Prep: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
20 Medjool dates, pitted
2 cups walnut pieces
1 teaspoon spirulina
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus 1/4 cup for coating
Place walnuts, dates, hemp seeds, spirulina, and 1/4 cup of coconut into food processor and mix until it becomes sticky and starts to form a ball (around 2 minutes). Take dough from food processor and form 1-inch balls. Roll the balls into the remaining coconut to coat them. Serve immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- World Glaucoma Week – Second Full Week
- Termite Awareness Week – First Full Week Before Spring
- Brain Awareness Week – Changes annually – March 15-21, 2021
- National Surveyors Week – Begins Third Sunday in March
- National Fix a Leak Week – March 15-21, 2021
In the Classroom
March 12th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Clement Studebaker – 1831
As a blacksmith, Clement Studebaker went into business in the mid-1800s with his brother Henry making wagons. By the end of the century, brothers Peter, Jacob, and John would join them to begin making automobiles. Clem would die in 1901 before the first Studebaker car sold in 1902.
Jane Means Pierce – 1806
The 15th First Lady of the United States is one of the more tragic figures of the White House. Despite having left Washington years before and much to her relief, the Democratic party pulled her back when they nominated her husband, Franklin Pierce, for president in 1852. He ran against Whig Winfield Scott, winning 254 electoral votes. On the way to the inauguration, their last surviving son, Benjamin Pierce, died at the age of 11 in a train accident. The couple’s first two sons had died in infancy and at the age of four respectively.
Charles Cunningham Boycott – 1832
When a community in Ireland ostracized Captain Charles Boycott for his role in a land war, his last name came to mean a voluntary avoidance of commercial or social entities as a means of protest.
Hall Johnson – 1888
During the Harlem Renaissance, Hall Johnson was known for composing and arranging African-American spirituals. He also coordinated several choirs.
Jack Kerouac – 1922
The American author is best known for his novel On the Road published in 1957. He wrote several more, including The Town and the City, The Dharma Bums, and Big Sur.
Walter Schirra – 1923
Walter Schirra was selected as one of the original seven astronauts for NASA’s Project Mercury. His first space mission to place on October 3, 1962, when he piloted the space capsule Sigma 7.
Liza Minnelli – 1946
The legendary and award-winning performer followed in her mother’s footsteps with stage and screen stealing performances. Best known for her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Minnelli’s career spans more than sixty years of stellar music and encore performances.
James Taylor – 1948
Since 1970, James Taylor has been producing hit music to popular and critical acclaim. He won his first Grammy Award in 1971 for Best Pop Vocal Performance for his song “You’ve Got A Friend,” and since then has earned four more.
Edward Albee – 1928
Virginia Hamilton – 1936
Frank Welker – 1946
Naomi Shihab Nye – 1952
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