NATIONAL CHILD’S DAY
November 20th each year recognizes National Child’s Day and all the potential represented by our children’s ambitions, dreams, and goals. Through educational goals, STEAM projects, and academic missions, educators and families join forces to provide excellence at all levels of education.
Education begins at home, and by providing parents with resources vital to growing minds, we encourage curiosity and brain development. From the day they are born their education begins. Language and social skills are essential building blocks to any child’s early education.
Schools and educators are investing in science, math, and arts programs. As technology becomes a more integral part of our lives, innovation drives education as well as nearly every career in the world. No matter where our children’s interests lie, technology will advance the way we learn, heal, communicate, travel, change, and protect the world. Our children will be the innovators of the future. All we need to do is give them the education and the tools to dream and learn to their fullest potential. National Child’s Day inspires communities, educators, and parents to do just that.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChildsDay
Get involved with your child’s school. Discover your child’s passion. Support extra-curricular activities. Encourage community endeavors that promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math because these areas of focus support the way we live every day, and they are lacking in education today.
- Science – Every day, we use science in nearly every facet of life. From medicine to the development of new products to solutions to socioeconomic issues, science is a necessary tool in the educational toolbox.
- Technology – It’s growing every day. We communicate with people around the world who speak another language. Hundreds of years of compiled science allow us to continue developing new technologies to explore space. New innovations will enable us to cure a disease before babies are even born.
- Engineering – Without engineering, many innovations never happen. Whether we look deep to the ocean floor or miles above the earth, engineers visualize and then create the components that work together. It’s a fusion of science, technology, and design.
- Art – By human nature, we need the arts. Those who have a creative outlet perform better at work. While we’re more likely to be more productive, the arts allow us the opportunity to connect to the human condition. It’s also an ability to understand design and quality. When a product has an aesthetic design, it holds its value longer. Quality products are also a piece of art.
- Math – When it comes to each of the above areas, every one of them relies on math. We wouldn’t have gone to the moon without it. If we want our children to move us with music or with the next greatest automobile, they will need outstanding math skills, too.
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NATIONAL CHILD’S DAY HISTORY
In 1995, Lee Rechter set out to create National Child’s Day. The retired school counselor wanted a day that honored children. In 2001, she succeeded in her mission, and President George W. Bush signed a one-time proclamation for the nation to observe the day on June 3rd. The declaration proposed supporting children in their endeavors from the very beginning. And while it was initiated as a single day observance, it aimed to nurture and uphold the belief that all children deserve to have the same opportunities.
However, Rechter pursued a continuing resolution for the observance. She succeeded, and for the next seven years on a Sunday in early June, the President proclaimed National Child’s Day.
Then, in 2009, when President Barak Obama took office, the observance was changed to November. Each year since National Child’s Day has been observed on November 20th at a time when children are in the midst of their education and surrounded by families.
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November 20th History
New Jersey is the first state to ratify the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – The Bill of Rights.
The United States Patent Office issues a patent for a bandelore to James L. Haven and Charles Hettrick of Cincinnati, OH. Patent No. 59,745 describes a yo-yo.
The United States Patent Office awarded Garret Morgan a patent for a three-way automatic traffic signal. The invention allowed traffic to clear the intersection before allowing it to flow in the other direction.
Wilbur Hardee registers the restaurant chains Hardee’s trademark.
November 20 Birthdays
Chiyono Hasegawa – 1896
She lived to 115 years, 12 days, and was the oldest person living in Japan and Asia at the time of her death. During her lifetime, Japan experienced the Russo-Japanese War. The country launched Hosho, the first Japanese aircraft carrier. During World War II, atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The country hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. They endured the Great Hanshin earthquake and the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Chester Gould – 1900
In 1931, the cartoonist created the comic strip detective, Dick Tracy. Gould would draw and write for the comic strip and its line up of criminal characters until 1977.
Anna Pauline Murray – 1910
Before Rosa Parks, there was Pauli Murray. The co-founder of the National Organization for Women was a pioneering face of racial equality years before the Civil Rights Movement began.
Ann Turner Cook – 1926
Cook was the original face of the Gerber Product Company. Her cherub-like face graced the packages of baby food all over the country.
Dominique Dawes – 1976
In 1996, the gymnast became the first African American to win gold in women’s gymnastics at the Atlanta Summer Olympics.