NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY (DR. SEUSS DAY)
Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The annual event is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading creative by the National Education Association. Since the event is designed to encourage reading in children and is fostered through the schools, when March 2nd lands on a weekend, the day is observed on the closest school day.
This motivational and awareness day calls all children and youth in every community across the United States to celebrate reading. It encourages them to read where ever they are. Great ways to inspire reading in children include:
- Keep books everywhere you spend time. Put them in the car, in every room of the house, and tuck them in backpacks and purses. Make them easily accessible.
- Visit the library often. Knowing how to use the library and learning the benefits of a library fosters a love of reading as well as genuine respect for the services libraries provide.
- Get caught reading. Children imitate what they see the adults around them do. Whether they see you read a magazine, newspaper, or novel, let them know reading is the cool thing to do.
- Read to your children. No matter their age, reading aloud strengthens their vocabulary and language skills. It also opens up opportunities for discussion.
- Have your children read to you, too. You never know what you might learn!
HOW TO OBSERVE #ReadAcrossAmericaDay #DrSeussDay
There are so many ways to participate in this day.
- Pick up an interesting book and read it.
- More importantly, read with a child.
- Join your library.
- Read a book you’ve been meaning to read.
- Read a book you’ve read before. You may discover that it has new meaning to you since you last read it.
- Try reading aloud, even if it is just to yourself. It will make great practice for reading to children. (Hint, hint.)
Use #ReadAcrossAmericaDay or #DrSeussDay to post on social media.
Parents and educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for ways to incorporate National Read Across America Day into your classroom.
For adults, here are a couple of recommendations for books:
- The 3-Minute Rule by Brant Pinvidic.
- Open Secrets of Success: The Gary Tharaldson Story by Patrick McCloskey
NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY HISTORY
The first National Read Across America Day was held on March 2, 1998.
WORLD TEEN MENTAL WELLNESS DAY
On March 2nd, World Teen Mental Wellness Day aims to normalize conversations and dismantle stigmas around teen mental health issues.
According to the American Psychological Association, Gen Z has the worst mental health of any generation. However, teens are dedicated to making a difference. According to YPulse, 64 percent of teens say they want to achieve a healthier lifestyle for overall happiness, including a stronger self-care routine. Also, 94 percent consider mental health very important to their well-being. Ultimately, raising awareness about mental health and the importance of self-care can help improve an entire generation’s mental wellness.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldTeenMentalWellnessDay
Hollister encourages teens around the world to use March 2nd as an opportunity to practice self-care, be kind to themselves and remember that, while social media might portray a different story, it’s okay to not be okay. To help disrupt the teen mental wellness stigma, share your story or how you’re recharging on Instagram and Twitter with #WorldTeenMentalWellnessDay.
WORLD TEEN MENTAL WELLNESS DAY HISTORY
In 2020, Hollister founded World Teen Mental Wellness Day––the first day dedicated to observing teen mental wellness. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on March 2nd, annually.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on March 2nd, annually.
About the Hollister Confidence Project
The Hollister Confidence Project is a 365-days-a-year people-powered initiative dedicated to helping all teens worldwide feel their most confident, comfortable and capable. The Hollister Confidence Fund gives grants to nonprofit groups and projects focused on areas including teen mental health, equity for young Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC), safety & inclusion for LGBTQ+ youth, anti-bullying efforts & sustainability. To learn more, visit www.hollisterconfidenceproject.com
NATIONAL OLD STUFF DAY
Always observed on March 2nd, National Old Stuff Day gives notice to all that old stuff and encourages you to try something new. Well, maybe not ALL the old stuff, but some of it. It’s a day to break out of the old routines and experience new ones.
We have all heard the saying, “same old, same old.” Well, this is the day to do things differently. There is no limit to how you can change up your day. Take a moment to recognize the things that you do each day. Is there a better, more efficient way? Examine the route you take to work. Evaluate how you fold laundry. Perhaps there’s an improved way of cleaning windows.
Maybe it’s just a way to brighten your day or someone else’s day. Whatever it is, strive to make the day new, not the same old day it was yesterday.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOldStuffDay
Approach the day with a new attitude. Consider alternatives to each of the choices you make each day. Is there a better or equal alternative? Try making a new choice when available.
Some other suggestions for ridding yourself of some old stuff and ways include:
- use an old item for a new use
- look at things from a new perspective
- throw out all you know about something and relearn it all anew
- take something old and freshen it up – clean it, paint it, fix it, give it a hair cut
- order a small instead of a large
Use #NationalOldStuffDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL OLD STUFF DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Old Stuff Day.
NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY
The calendar loves pie days and National Banana Cream Pie Day is no exception! On March 2nd, be sure to get your slice of one of America’s all-time favorite creampies.
Remember, bananas are loaded with potassium!
The traditional custard pie was modified into a recipe that resulted in the appetizing and flavorful banana cream pie. Dating back to the 19th century, banana cream pie found its way into recipe books. Today, recipes fill cookbooks and flood the internet for this yummy pie. In the 1950s, soldiers of the United States Armed Services ranked the banana cream pie as one of their favorites.
Banana and cream complement so many other flavors that bakers enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. Both chocolate and peanut butter pair well with bananas. Many other ingredients do as well. It should come as no surprise when exploring recipes when you discover the sheer number and variety to choose from. It’s a testament to just how much the banana cream pie is enjoyed and loved.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BananaCreamPieDay
Spend a little time in your kitchen whipping up a delicious banana cream pie to share with your family and friends.
A banana cream pie can be made as simple as:
- 1 box instant banana pudding – 1 pkg cream cheese (softened) – 2 large bananas – 1 container whipped topping – graham cracker crust
- Mix pudding with 1 1/2 cups milk, cool in fridge until thickened. With mixer, combine pudding and cream cheese until blended. Slice bananas into graham cracker crust. Spoon pudding mixture over bananas and top with whipped topping. Chill for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!!
Use #BananaCreamPieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this sweet holiday.
March 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Carnegie Steel Company and Federal Steel Company merge creating United States Steel Corporation.
King Kong premieres in New York City at the Radio City Music Hall. Directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, it starred Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot.
ABC broadcasts the Academy Awards ceremonies for the first time. Viewers tuned in to see their favorite movie stars receive their Oscars, including host Jack Benny, Jennifer Jones for Best Actress in The Song of Bernadette, and Paul Lukas for Best Actor in Watch on the Rhine.
Sony and Phillips introduced the compact disc to the United States for the first time.
Recipe of the Day
Spicy Black Bean Soup with Coconut Avocado “Cream”
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total Prep: 60 minutes
Coconut Avocado “Cream”
1 tbsp Virgin Coconut Oil
1 tsp lime juice
Pinch salt and pepper
2 tbsp water
¼ tsp chopped cilantro (optional)
Black Bean Soup:
1 tbsp Liquid Coconut Oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
225g mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp cumin
3 cans (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed well
1 chipotle, finely chopped with 1 tsp adobo sauce (add more for a spicier soup)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 14.5oz diced tomatoes
3 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable stock
1 tsp lime juice
salt and pepper, to taste
Coconut Avocado “Cream”
Combine all ingredients for the Coconut Avocado “Cream” in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and put in the fridge.
Black Bean Soup:
Heat oil on medium heat in a large stockpot.
Add the onion and garlic and cook, occasionally stirring, until the onions are translucent.
Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until the mushrooms have released their liquid and reduced in size, about 6 minutes.
Stir in cumin and continue to cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add black beans, chipotle, adobo sauce, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover and continue cooking for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add in lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste.
Transfer about half the soup to a blender and puree.
Combine the puree with the remaining soup.
Serve immediately with a generous dollop of Coconut Avocado “Cream.”
INSPIRATION FROM The Coconut Coalition of the Americas.
March 2nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Susanna Salter – 1860
On April 4, 1887, the people of Argonia, Kansas, elected Susanna Salter as their mayor. She was the first woman elected as mayor in the United States and had more than just a little understanding of politics.
Theodor Geisel – 1904
The American children’s author wrote and illustrated books under the name Dr. Seuss. Some of his popular books include The Sneeches and Other Stories, The Cat and the Hat, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Desi Arnaz – 1917
The Cuban-born American actor is best known for producing the I Love Lucy television show alongside his wife Lucille Ball. The successful series broke several television taboos during its six years and garnered a record viewership, too.
Mikhail Gorbachev – 1931
The Russian Soviet politician was instrumental in ending the Cold War. In 1990, he received the Nobel Peace Prize.
Simon Estes – 1938
The American baritone opera singer has performed around the world. His roles have included Carter Jones in Gunther Schuller’s The Visitation, Ramfis in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, and the Dutchman in The Flying Dutchman.
John Irving – 1942
The best-selling American author knows how to add a plot twist to his novels. He’s been doing it since The Water-Method Man, but critics first took notice when he published The World According to Garp.
Karen Carpenter – 1950
The talented Grammy-winning artist is known for the song “(They Long to Be) Close to You” and her tragically short life.
John Francis Bongiovi Jr. – 1962
Known as Jon Bon Jovi, he formed the band Bon Jovi in 1983. Their hit albums have included Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, and These Days.
Jennifer Jones – 1919
Mark Dean – 1957
Daniel Craig – 1968
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