MAY 1, 2020 | SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ DAY | NATIONAL SPACE DAY | MAY DAY | SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY | NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY | NATIONAL LOYALTY DAY | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY | SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY | LAW 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. Whether they lead an elementary, middle, or high school, a principal shows leadership skills while being approachable. Many students see their principals as role models.
Principals guide the academic success and set the tone for an entire school. In most settings, they are a visible leader, one the students and teachers see daily.
Teachers rely on principals to ensure the schools provide the necessary equipment and resources. They also rely on principals to counsel and discipline students when needed. A principal represents the school at community events and meets with superintendents and community members, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SchoolPrincipalsDay
This day celebrates school principals, both past and present. 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. Give a shout out to a school principal who influenced you during your school career. Break out the yearbook and share a photo and let them know how important they were to you!
While you’re at it, be sure to volunteer at your school. By supporting your school’s extracurricular activities such as band, choir, speech, and athletics, you’re also supporting your principals in their endeavors.
Use #SchoolPrincipalsDay to share on social media.
SCHOOL PRINCIPALS’ DAY HISTORY
Janet Dellaria of Trout Creek, Michigan, founded School Principals’ Day to recognize all the dedicated leaders in schools from elementary through high school.
NATIONAL SPACE DAY
National Space Day, dedicates the first Friday in May, to the extraordinary achievements, benefits, and opportunities in the exploration and use of space. The goal of the observance is to promote math, science, technology, and engineering education in young people, The hope is to inspire them to pursue a career in science, especially a career in space-related jobs.
Careers in space involve a wide range of specialties. Going to space requires many working parts, and that’s not just the parts that go into space. All kinds of engineers build the equipment, computers and make the computations.
Accountants and public relations manage the books and the press. Meteorologists, chemists, physicists, and biologists analyze data and doctors monitor the health of the astronauts. As preparations are underway, photographers and writers record the events.
While we’ve only been exploring space for less than 60 years, we continue to learn so much. Imagine all the roles in space you can fill. While we’ve named a few here, how many more careers can you name? Do you know which one is yours?
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSpaceDay
Teachers, students, space-related organizations, groups, and agencies hold celebrations, demonstrations, and educational programs each year. The day has grown so fast in recent years and is celebrated worldwide as International Space Day. Join an event near you. Other ways to celebrate include:
- Build a model rocket and launch it.
- Watch your favorite launch. Is it the Hubble Space Telescope, Apollo 11, or SpaceX Falcon 9?
- Look for the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth.
Get involved by sharing your knowledge and skills, too! Host an event and share your experiences. Share your favorite space pictures using #NationalSpaceDay
NATIONAL SPACE DAY HISTORY
In 1997, Lockheed Martin Corporation created National Space Day as a one-day event. In 2001, due to its extreme popularity, former astronaut and senator John Glenn expanded Space Day to International Space Day.
On May 1st, May Day ushers in a traditional celebration of flowers and spring. In many ancient calendars, May 1st welcomed the first day of summer. This was truly 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 running 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, the observance is celebrated by crowning a May Queen and dancing around a maypole. The Finnish recognize a carnival-type celebration in the streets that includes a special type of lemonade made with lemons, brown sugar, and yeast. In France, it is correct to give people either dogwood or lily of the valley while Italians celebrate with a seasonal feast in honor of the arrival of spring.
HOW TO OBSERVE #MayDay
While there are several ways to celebrate the day, don’t limit yourself to just one! Choose several of these spring options:
- Dance! Either dance around a May Pole or just dance with someone near to you.
- Plant flowers. Make a point of planting wildflowers and you will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
- Make a flower crown. When you’ve finished, wear it or put it on the queen in your life.
- Fill a basket with flowers. Then, deliver it to your neighbor, ring the bell, and run!
- You can also deliver flower bulbs that your friends and neighbors can plant in their yards.
- Make a May Basket. Download this design to make and fill it with flowers to share.
Use #MayDay when posting on Social Media.
NATIONA MAY DAY HISTORY
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SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY
The first Friday in May is School Lunch Hero Day, dedicated to those men and women who make the cafeterias and the schools a better place to be! What was your favorite school lunch? Do you remember the smiling face who served it to you?
For many children, the cafeteria is the first place they enter on a school day. From the first time through the cafeteria line, the lunch hero has more than nutrition on their minds. The well-being of every child is important to them. Keeping them safe, happy, and providing them with good and delicious food is also a priority.
Often they see entire families grow up, and sometimes, they are family. The celebration provides students and communities an opportunity to create ways to recognize their school heroes.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SchoolLunchHeroDay
Organize a lunch for your lunch hero! Make a card or bring a flower. Decorate a banner telling your heroes all the ways they are super! Tell your hero, thank you. Visit www.schoollunchheroday.com for more great ideas and use #SchoolLunchHeroDay to share on social media.
SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY HISTORY
Inspired by children’s author and illustrator, Jarrett Krosoczka created School Lunch Hero Day to honor the foodservice employees after returning to his old school, and finding his childhood lunch lady remained and remembered him.
NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY
National Mother Goose Day on May 1st each year honors Mother Goose and the imaginary author of a collection of fairy tales and nursery rhymes we loved as children. Mother Goose is often illustrated as an elderly countrywoman 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 #NationalMotherGooseDay
In honor of the day, revisit those wonderful childhood stories with your children. Share your favorite Mother Goose story using #NationalMotherGooseDay on social media.
Download the Mother Goose coloring page. Which rhymes are these images related to?
NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY HISTORY
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.
In 1987, Gloria T. Delamar in tandem with the publication of her book, Mother Goose; From Nursery to Literature founded Mother Goose Day. For more information on National Mother Goose Day visit The Official Home of the Mother Goose Society.
NATIONAL LOYALTY DAY
On May 1st, National Loyalty Day recognizes American freedom and is set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.
Every U.S. President since 1955 has set the day for May 1st. Whether they call for Americans to raise the flags, pray, or reflect on their heritage, each of them recognizes an inherent need for the country to be united in our basic ideals. Their messages speak of loyalty and freedom in equal measure, especially those who serve in the military. And while the messages may stray some in agreement on other topics, the central messages remain the same.
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it. ~ Mark Twain
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLoyaltyDay
You can participate in the day in several ways.
- Participate in civic events
- Take part in the political process
- Educate yourself on local, state and national issues
- Exercise your right to vote
- Attend veteran events and memorial ceremonies
- Learn about your heritage
- Organize an event
Use #NationalLoyaltyDay to show your loyalty to American freedom.
NATIONAL LOYALTY DAY HISTORY
First observed in 1921 as Americanization Day, the holiday counterbalanced the Communist celebration of Labor Day on May Day. On July 18, 1958, U.S. Congress (Public Law 85-529) made the day an official holiday. President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1959, the first official observance of Loyalty Day. Each year since its inception as a legal holiday in 1958, every President has recognized the day with an official proclamation.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY
With layers of sweetness, May 1st ushers in 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.
While the day focuses on the chocolate parfait, that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with other fresh flavors. Fruit and cream go quite well with chocolate. And don’t forget ingredients such as pretzels or cookie bits. The options are only limited by your imaginations.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateParfaitDay
Enjoy your version of a chocolate parfait today with family and friends! Create a chocolate parfait bar and let the creating begin. Be sure to share your creations using #ChocolateParfaitDay on social media to share your love for this delicious food holiday!
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator of this fun food holiday. Our research did find this scrumptious dessert dates back to 1894 and seems to have originated in France.
SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY
Every May 1st, Americans honor the sacrifices of the combat wounded, ill, and dying service members on Silver Star Service Banner Day. The day also recognizes service members awarded the Silver Star Medal.
Across all branches of The United States military, the Silver Star Service Banner and Flag honors Silver Star families for their services and gallantry. On May 1st, the observance encourages us to honor military heroes and their families across the country.
For those who serve in the U.S. military, 1/10th suffer a serious injury. And most of those injuries are combat-related.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SilverStarServiceBannerDay
Local veteran organizations and military bases host events honoring Silver Star personnel and families. Volunteer for an event or organization. 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.
SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY HISTORY
The Blue and Gold Service Banners made their debuts in 1918 during World War II. Over time, the United States formally adopted and made official the Blue and Gold Star Service Banners. However, the Silver Star Service Banner was overlooked. Silver Star Service Flag and Banner were designed and quickly accepted. 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 1st Silver Star Service Banner Day.
Dating back to 1818, the Citation Star was awarded for “Gallantry in Action.” The Silver Star Medal replaced the Citation Star and was first officially awarded in 1942. The Silver Star is awarded to military personnel for specific actions in combat. Between 100,000 and 150,000 Silver Star Medals have been awarded.
The United States observes Law Day annually on May 1st. This day encourages all Americans to reflect on the personal rights and liberties which are enjoyed and exercised daily.
The laws and courts uphold these same rights and freedoms daily. The observance promotes reflection on the role of law in the foundation of the country and recognizes 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 #LawDay
The American Bar Association organizes events for students and local citizens. Participate in essay writing contests, webinars, theater productions, Teen Court programs, scholarship fundraisers, and award presentations to name a few. While you’re celebrating the day, explore upcoming bills and the current year’s theme. Take part in online webinars or events and challenge yourself to learn more about how a specific law applies to you.
Expand your awareness of the justice system and how it works. Learn how laws are developed.
Use #lawday to share on social media.
LAW DAY HISTORY
The American Bar Association presented the idea for Law Day in 1957. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 proclaimed the day to be observed on May 1st annually. Its observance was later codified by Public Law 87-20 on April 7, 1961.
Each year, the American Bar Association selects a theme for the celebration. Past Themes include:
- Generations of Justice – 1990
- E Pluribus Unum – 1995
- Celebrate Our Freedom: Democracy and Diversity – 2000
- The American Jury: We the People in Action – 2005
- Law Day in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges – 2010
- Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom – 2018
- Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment – 2020
- National Truffle Day
- National Life Insurance Day
- Kentucky Derby – First Saturday in May
- National Fitness Day – First Saturday in May
- National Scrapbook Day – First Saturday in May
- National Homebrew Day – First Saturday in May
- Join Hands Day – First Saturday in May
- National Bombshells’ Day – First Saturday in May
- National Start Seeing Monarchs Day – First Saturday in May
- Free Comic Book Day – First Saturday in May
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.
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