MAY 1, 2019 | NATIONAL SKILLED TRADES DAY | SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ DAY | MAY DAY | NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY | NATIONAL LOYALTY DAY | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY | LAW DAY | SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY
NATIONAL SKILLED TRADES DAY
The first Wednesday in May educates us about National Skilled Trades Day.
Across the nation, many businesses require highly skilled workers to fill a multitude of trades in the healthcare, construction, manufacturing/industry, and service categories. Learn trades in a variety of fields from machinery and construction to medical and beauty. Whether you’re interested in being a chef or mechanic, working as a medical coder or helping others as an Emergency Medical Technician, a nursing aide or a vet tech, choices are available.
There are more jobs than workers, too! And the trend will continue for the next couple of decades. Therefore, National Skilled Trades Day is important today and in the future. Baby boomers retire faster than companies can fill job openings increasing the demand for skilled workers. Pair the drastic costs of a college degree making education unattainable for many and a skilled trade becomes the smart alternative.
Those in skilled trades often only need a certification to start their career, which means they can begin earning with little to no debt from education. Our society has a hard time accepting the skilled trades route as a valuable career path. National Skilled Trades Day aims to raise awareness and help show America the value in skilled trades. If we are going to create growth in our country, we must celebrate the critical jobs that fall under Skilled Trades.
It’s rewarding to roll up your sleeves and put in an honest day’s work. In the skilled trades, you can have a career that offers excellent pay, benefits, healthcare and more. Whether working in the heating and cooling ventilation industry or cutting hair, skilled trades occupations won’t be replaced by machines or outsourced. They are in higher demand than ever before.
The skilled trades community holds the country together. We call these very people to fix our cars, install new toilets, build our homes, take our blood and make sure our pets are healthy. So, on the first Wednesday of May, celebrate those in the skilled trades – it’s a true labor of love.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Get the word out about the need for skilled trades workers and the benefits of learning a trade. Skilled trades are the college alternative.
Encourage community support for students and parents who are considering going into skilled trades fields. Let them know the value of the benefits and instill a sense of pride for those who chose to lead lives in a skilled trades field. It’s a noble career path with benefits equal to a traditional four-year degree.
- Career and technical centers can host open houses and/or career and job fairs.
- Introduce the trades early. Elementary schools can have a “Dress Up as Your Favorite Skilled Trades Worker” Day.
- Find room in the school budget for shop class.
- Schedule a field trip to a construction site or small business.
- Create classroom projects geared toward skilled trades.
- Get the word out about the need for skilled trades workers and the benefits of learning a trade. Contact local radio and television stations and newspapers. The community needs to hear you are looking for skilled trades workers.
- Host an open house at your place of employment.
- Have breakfast or lunch catered for your employees.
- Highlight your employees on social media: Why did they pick a career in the skilled trades? What life lessons have they learned in their years working in skilled trades?
For those in the Skilled Trades
- Share your trade with someone you know.
- Post about the day on social media.
- Volunteer to speak at a career fair.
- If you see someone in a uniform, be sure to thank them.
- If you own a store or restaurant, consider giving a discount to those who visit in uniform on National Skilled Trades Day.
- Teach your children and grandchildren that skilled trades are the college alternative. Not everyone needs to go to college. Many technical schools provide the science, math and technology training required for any skills required.
Use #NationalSkilledTradesDay to share your experience in your trade, or follow the day on social media at @CMTCompanies on Facebook or Twitter or @NationalDayCalendar on Facebook and @NationalDayCal on Twitter.
For more information and resources, visit www.cmtcompanies.com/national-skilled-trades-day.
City Machine Technologies, Inc. founded National Skilled Trades Day to bring awareness to the skilled trades shortage facing the United States. It is also a day to celebrate those important workers employed as a skilled tradesperson. As a family-owned and operated industrial repair shop in Youngstown, Ohio, City Machine Technologies has experienced a labor shortage and is concerned about the future of their business as well as others in the manufacturing industry. Rather than sit back and wait for the culture to change, CMT decided to spur change and shed a positive light on the skilled trades through awareness and special events like National Skilled Trades Day.
SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ DAY
On May 1, remember to take the time to thank the educational leaders of the school on School Principals’ Day.
Throughout the school year, these educators assume the commitment to lead our young people to a prosperous future. They support and guide quality teachers and staff resulting in productive learning environments for our children.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Organize an event to thank your principal. Bring breakfast, coffee or just a thank card letting them know you appreciate all their time and patience with the kids and parents. Use #SchoolPrincipalsDay to share on social media.
Janet Dellaria of Trout Creek, Michigan founded School Principals’ Day to recognize all the dedicated leaders in schools from elementary through high school.
May Day is observed annually on May 1. In many ancient calendars, May 1 was the first day of summer. This was a cause for celebration. One of the more popular rituals was harvesting flowers and giving them to neighbors and strangers in cone-shaped baskets. These “May Baskets” become more commonly known as “May Day Baskets”. The current tradition is observed by hanging a cone-shaped basket full of flowers or other gifts on the outside doorknob, then knocking or ringing the doorbell and run away.
May Day has been a traditional day of celebration for centuries, with some of the earliest appearing in pre-Christian times. In English tradition, May Day is celebrated by crowning a May Queen and dancing around a maypole. The Finnish tradition is a carnival-type celebration in the streets that includes a special type of lemonade that is made with lemons, brown sugar and yeast. In France, it is correct to give people either dogwood or lily of the valley to celebrate May Day. In Italy, a seasonal feast is held to celebrate the arrival of spring.
While different countries have different ways to celebrate May Day, it is truly a celebration of spring.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #MayDay when posting on Social Media. Participate in the May Day tradition of hanging baskets of flowers on doors.
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NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY
National Mother Goose Day is observed each year on May 1. This day honors Mother Goose, the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes we loved as children. Mother Goose is often illustrated as an elderly country woman in a tall hat and shawl, but she is also sometimes depicted as a goose wearing a bonnet.
Enjoy two different versions of Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater:
(Originally dated in Mother Goose’s Quarto c1825)
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had another, and didn’t love her;
Peter learned to read and spell,
And then he loved her very well.
(Most well-known version)
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he keeps her very well.
HOW TO OBSERVE
In honor of Mother Goose Day, revisit those wonderful childhood stories with your children. Share your favorite Mother Goose story using #NationalMotherGooseDay on social media.
Charles Perrault is believed to be the initiator of the fairy tale genre when he published his fairy tale collection in 1695. His publication marks the first authenticated starting point for the Mother Goose stories. An English version of Perrault’s collection appeared in 1729: Robert Samber’s Histories or Tales of Past Times, Told by Mother Goose. These fairy tales introduced Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Cinderella and others. Mother Goose’s Melody – A book of poems for children was published in 1781 and has been enjoyed by billions since then.
Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987 by Gloria T. Delamar in tandem with the publication of her book, Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature. For more information on National Mother Goose Day visit The Official Home of the Mother Goose Society.
NATIONAL LOYALTY DAY
National Loyalty Day is observed annually on May 1. This day is set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.
HOW TO OBSERVE
The President of the U.S. issues a proclamation annually on May 1 as part of celebratory activities of National Loyalty Day. Communities throughout the country also celebrate this patriotic day with parades and ceremonies. Use #NationalLoyaltyDay to show your loyalty to American freedom.
First observed in 1921 as “Americanization Day,” this holiday was intended to counterbalance the Communist celebration of Labor Day on May Day. On July 18, 1958, it was made an official holiday by the U.S. Congress (Public Law 85-529). President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1959, the first official observance of Loyalty Day. This day has been recognized with an official proclamation every year, by every president, since its inception as a legal holiday in 1958.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY
May 1 recognizes the food holiday National Chocolate Parfait Day.
Enjoying a delicious chocolate parfait would be a perfect way to end your day. Parfait literally means “perfect” in French! There are a couple of ways to make parfaits. The traditional French-style uses sugar syrup, eggs and cream. The American style layers parfait cream, ice cream and flavored gelatin in a tall, clear glass topped with whipped cream, fruit and liqueurs. The parfait has recently taken a wholesome turn using yogurt layered with nuts and fresh fruits, instead of ice cream and sugary syrups.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy your version of a chocolate parfait today with family and friends! Use #ChocolateParfaitDay on social media to share your love for this delicious food holiday!
We were unable to find the creator of National Chocolate Parfait Day. Our research did find this scrumptious dessert dates back to 1894 and seems to have originated in France.
The United States observes Law Day annually on May 1. This day allows all Americans to reflect on the personal rights and liberties which are enjoyed and exercised daily.
These same rights and freedoms are upheld by the laws and courts. Law Day is meant to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the country and to recognize its importance for society.
Law Day asks Americans to focus on every American’s rights as laid out in the fundamental documents of American democracy: the Declaration of Independence and the federal Constitution.
HOW TO OBSERVE
The 2018 Law Day theme is Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom. Visit www.americanbar.org for more information on this year’s theme. Use #lawday to share on social media.
The American Bar Association presented the idea for Law Day in 1957. It was later proclaimed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, and its observance was later codified by Public Law 87-20 on April 7, 1961.
SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY
Every May 1 Americans honor the sacrifices of the combat wounded, ill and dying service members on Silver Star Service Banner Day.
Across all branches of The United States military, Silver Star families are honored for their services with the symbol of the Silver Star Service Banner and Flag. We are encouraged on May 1 to take the opportunity to do the same.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Show gratitude and thank those who have returned from deployment wounded or ill. You can get involved with helping SSFOA members with fundraising and community awareness events in your area. Share your stories or experiences using #SilverStarService.
The history of the service banner dates back to 1917 or 1918, following the suggestions of Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defenses. The use of Blue and Gold Star Service Banners was formally adopted into the United States Code and made official, leaving the Silver Star Service Flag overlooked. A new Silver Star Service Flag and Banner were designed and were quickly accepted widely used throughout the United States. The United States House of Representatives passed H Res. 855, a stand-alone resolution on April 21, 2010, making the SSFOA Silver Star Service Banner official and making May 1 Silver Star Service Banner Day.
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