• NATIONAL GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY – July 15

    National Give Something Away Day | July 15
    National Give Something Away Day | July 15

    NATIONAL GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY | JULY 15

    Most of us have the benefit of having more than we need to live. National Give Something Away Day on July 15th offers us an opportunity to share some of our bounties.  

    #GiveSomethingAwayDay

    In the United States, giving is on the rise. According to Giving USA, giving rose in all nine major categories in 2016.

    • Religion
    • Education
    • Human services
    • Giving to foundations
    • Health, public-society benefit
    • Arts
    • Culture and humanities
    • International affairs
    • Environment and animals.

    Giving benefits us all, too. It improves our community and puts much-needed services and assistance within the reach of those who need it most. The giver also benefits. Giving not only makes us feel good but it teaches gratitude, too. Whether we give financially or by offering our skills and services, we lift others up. Our words can be a gift, too. Showing empathy, encouragement, and compassion to someone during a time of need may make us feel vulnerable, but it empowers those we offer it to as well. You can also share your time with others by volunteering. 

    While you may not think you have something to give away, you might be surprised. Tangible items like clothing, money, and food aren’t always what’s needed, though they may be the most common. On this day, broaden your goals and organize a give something away fundraiser. Also, look around your community, and identify the places that need you the most. Focus your energies there. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY

    In the spirit of the occasion, consider paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line. Many other ways benefit others, too.

    • Clean out your closet or garage and make a donation.
    • Donate to the local food pantry or little library.
    • Volunteer your time or skills. Teaching someone gives them the opportunity to pay it forward.
    • Create gift baskets for shelters.
    • Start a fundraiser for your favorite charity. 
    • Help a neighbor in a time of need.

    While you’re giving, be sure to post on social media using #GiveSomethingAwayDay.

    NATIONAL GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY HISTORY

    Linda Eaton Hall-Fulcher founded National Give Something Away Day in 2015 to encourage generosity in a variety of forms.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the observance to be observed on July 15th, annually. 

    MEDIA CONTACTS:

    Linda Eaton Hall-Fulcher 562-429-9657

     

  • MEDIA ALERT | NEW DAY PROCLAMATION | NATIONAL BARCODE DAY – June 26

    MEDIA ALERT | NEW DAY PROCLAMATION | NATIONAL BARCODE DAY – June 26

    National Barcode Day - June 26

    NATIONAL BARCODE DAY

    National Barcode Day commemorates more than 40 years of efficiency and accuracy that began on June 26, 1974, when a clerk scanned a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum at a Marsh supermarket in Troy, OH. On that day, the barcode system invented by George Lauer, an IBM engineer, began to change the world.

    Since then, barcodes have been revolutionizing industries all over the world. Barcodes, also known as UPC, 1 Dimensional (1D) codes, contain data that help businesses and organizations do their jobs more easily. A more modern version of the barcode is called a QR code, or a 2 dimensional (2D) code. The QR code contains even more data than the 1D code.

    Barcodes contain a wealth of information, including pricing, product, dates, manufacturer, and shipping. They are ideal for tracking inventory and sales, but they do so much more than that. Almost every industry uses barcodes, and they likely make your life easier without you even knowing it. Where can you find barcodes besides retail products?

    • VINs – Tracking a car’s history became easier when a barcode was added to the VIN.
    • Libraries – Barcodes track books, videos, periodicals, resources in and out of the library.
    • Logistics – Every major shipper uses barcodes to track shipments and deliver your orders.
    • Healthcare – Barcodes help keep patient care more streamlined and records at the provider’s fingertips.
    • Agriculture – Farmers use barcodes to track harvests and livestock.

    Imagine how different our lives would be without these unobtrusive black and white bars and that satisfying beep every time we scan a product, delivery, or file. It is certainly a technology that will be around for a long time, simplifying our lives. That’s another reason to celebrate National Barcode Day!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBarcodeDay

    Can you imagine getting through your day without using a barcode? Would you want to? Celebrate the barcode’s birthday! National Barcode Day encourages you to take notice of the barcodes that make your life easier. Host a barcode birthday party and include everyone all along your supply chain and in every industry. When you celebrate, share the history, design, and progress of the barcode, too.

    Follow the celebration using #NationalBarcodeDay on social media.

    NATIONAL BARCODE DAY HISTORY

    Barcoding, Inc., Datalogic, and ScanSource founded National Barcode Day on June 26, 2021, to celebrate the birthday of the barcode, the innovative technology that has been transforming our world over four decades.

    In 2021, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Barcode Day to be observed on June 26th, annually.

    About Barcoding, Inc.

    Barcoding is a supply chain automation and innovation company that helps organizations be more efficient, accurate, and connected. With extensive subject matter expertise in data capture, labeling and printing, and mobile computing, we are trusted to build and manage solutions for some of the best IT and operations teams in the world. Founded in 1998, Barcoding is headquartered in Baltimore, Md., with offices across North America (Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver). For more information, visit www.barcoding.com.

    About Datalogic:Datalogic

    Datalogic is a global technology leader in the automatic data capture and factory automation markets specialized in the designing and production of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors for detection, measurement and safety, RFID, vision, and laser marking systems. Closeness and timely response to every customer requirement, together with continuous innovation and high-quality offering, are the distinctive elements at the base of Datalogic success for over 40 years. Its cutting-edge solutions help to increase the efficiency and quality of processes in the Retail, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics and Healthcare industries. Visit www.datalogic.com to learn more.

    About ScanSource, Inc.

    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is at the center of the technology solution delivery channel, connecting businesses and providing solutions for their complex needs. ScanSource sells through multiple, specialized routes-to-market with digital, physical and services offerings from the world’s leading suppliers of point-of-sale (POS), payments, barcode, physical security, unified communications and collaboration, telecom and cloud services. ScanSource enables its sales partners to create, deliver and manage solutions for end-customers across almost every vertical market. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, ScanSource has been named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for six consecutive years and is on FORTUNE magazine’s 2021 list of World’s Most Admired Companies. ScanSource ranks #654 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, visit www.scansource.com.

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  • NATIONAL BARCODE DAY – June 26

    NATIONAL BARCODE DAY | JUNE 26

    National Barcode Day commemorates more than 40 years of efficiency and accuracy that began on June 26, 1974, when a clerk scanned a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum at a Marsh supermarket in Troy, OH. On that day, the barcode system invented by George Lauer, an IBM engineer, began to change the world.

    #NationalBarcodeDay

    Since then, barcodes have been revolutionizing industries all over the world. Barcodes, also known as UPC, 1 Dimensional (1D) codes, contain data that help businesses and organizations do their jobs more easily. A more modern version of the barcode is called a QR code, or a 2 dimensional (2D) code. The QR code contains even more data than the 1D code.

    Barcodes contain a wealth of information, including pricing, product, dates, manufacturer, and shipping. They are ideal for tracking inventory and sales, but they do so much more than that. Almost every industry uses barcodes, and they likely make your life easier without you even knowing it. Where can you find barcodes besides retail products?

    • VINs – Tracking a car’s history became easier when a barcode was added to the VIN.
    • Libraries – Barcodes track books, videos, periodicals, resources in and out of the library.
    • Logistics – Every major shipper uses barcodes to track shipments and deliver your orders.
    • Healthcare – Barcodes help keep patient care more streamlined and records at the provider’s fingertips.
    • Agriculture – Farmers use barcodes to track harvests and livestock.

    Imagine how different our lives would be without these unobtrusive black and white bars and that satisfying beep every time we scan a product, delivery, or file. It is certainly a technology that will be around for a long time, simplifying our lives. That’s another reason to celebrate National Barcode Day!

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL BARCODE DAY

    Can you imagine getting through your day without using a barcode? Would you want to? Celebrate the barcode’s birthday! National Barcode Day encourages you to take notice of the barcodes that make your life easier. Host a barcode birthday party and include everyone all along your supply chain and in every industry. When you celebrate, share the history, design, and progress of the barcode, too.

    Follow the celebration using #NationalBarcodeDay on social media.

    NATIONAL BARCODE DAY HISTORY

    Barcoding, Inc., Datalogic, and ScanSource founded National Barcode Day on June 26, 2021, to celebrate the birthday of the barcode, the innovative technology that has been transforming our world over four decades.

    In 2021, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Barcode Day to be observed on June 26th, annually.

    About Barcoding, Inc.

    Barcoding is a supply chain automation and innovation company that helps organizations be more efficient, accurate, and connected. With extensive subject matter expertise in data capture, labeling and printing, and mobile computing, we are trusted to build and manage solutions for some of the best IT and operations teams in the world. Founded in 1998, Barcoding is headquartered in Baltimore, Md., with offices across North America (Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver). For more information, visit www.barcoding.com.

    About Datalogic: Datalogic

    Datalogic is a global technology leader in the automatic data capture and factory automation markets specialized in the designing and production of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors for detection, measurement and safety, RFID, vision, and laser marking systems. Closeness and timely response to every customer requirement, together with continuous innovation and high-quality offering, are the distinctive elements at the base of Datalogic success for over 40 years. Its cutting-edge solutions help to increase the efficiency and quality of processes in the Retail, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics and Healthcare industries. Visit www.datalogic.com to learn more.

    About ScanSource, Inc.

    ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is at the center of the technology solution delivery channel, connecting businesses and providing solutions for their complex needs. ScanSource sells through multiple, specialized routes-to-market with digital, physical and services offerings from the world’s leading suppliers of point-of-sale (POS), payments, barcode, physical security, unified communications and collaboration, telecom and cloud services. ScanSource enables its sales partners to create, deliver and manage solutions for end-customers across almost every vertical market. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, ScanSource has been named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for six consecutive years and is on FORTUNE magazine’s 2021 list of World’s Most Admired Companies. ScanSource ranks #654 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, visit www.scansource.com.

     

  • CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK – First Full Week in May and November

    CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK

    The annual event promotes literacy and encourages us to attend events at schools, libraries and bookstores. We can even host an event in our homes. However we can encourage a young reader to open a book and discover the world of reading, Children’s Book Week encourages you to do it.

    Books are a gateway to adventure, education, knowledge, and other worlds. They open our imagination and introduce us to language we might not have otherwise been exposed. Our ability to read is one of those tools that no one can ever take away from us and giving the skill to someone else, especially a child, empowers them to direct their own future.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ChildrensBookWeek

    Give a child the gift of a book. There are many ways you can do this. This writer personally has a list of favorite children’s books she gives away on special occasions. Children’s Book Week is another special occasion for giving away those favorite books. Other ways to participate include:

    • Taking children to the bookstore or library to select books to read or purchase.
    • Read to a child. Children who are read to want to learn to read.
    • Teach a child to read. Whether they learn sight words or begin with a basic book, children who read have more opportunities.
    • Donate books to a school, shelter, or veterans’ clinic. Children will read the books left there.
    • Support your local bookstores. They often schedule children’s reading times with local authors. The more young readers are exposed to a variety of authors, the more their interests grow, too!
    • Visit www.childrensbookweek.net for resources and downloadable posters.

    CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK HISTORY

    Every Child A Reader, a 501 (c)(3) literacy organization, administers Children’s Book Week. The observance was established in 1919 and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the United States.

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  • Santa Margherita USA

    Santa Margherita USA founded National Chianti Day to honor our Chianti Classico Riserva, a wine that embodies the traditions of Tuscany and the Chianti Classico region. Our Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva is from a single vineyard called Salcentino located just outside of the town of Panzano. Dry, rich, and rewarding, the wine has complex aromas of red cherries and plums with a palate that unfolds to berry fruits and licorice, framed by light toasty notes of oak and finishes with a firm structure.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Chianti Day to be observed on the first Friday in September, annually.

    About Santa Margherita USA

    Santa Margherita USA is a fine wine import company representing premium and ultra-premium wine estates from Italy. Since our founding in 1935, Count Gaetano Marzotto dedicated his life to establishing Santa Margherita and its estates as one of the leading ambassadors of Italian wine excellence around the world. With the establishment of Santa Margherita USA in 2016, we proudly carry on his vision in the United States.

  • Hudson’s Bay

    Hudson’s Bay founded National Red Mitten Day to encourage Canadians to show their support for Canadian athletes and share their national pride through the tradition of wearing the company’s Red Mittens. Their goal on November 21st is to sell 25,000 Red Mittens to support Canadian Athletes in pursuing their dreams.

    Since its launch ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Hudson’s Bay’s Red Mittens have become the nation’s most iconic symbol of Canadian Olympic pride. From every sale of a pair of Red Mittens, $3.90 goes to support Canadian athletes. To date, the Red Mittens alone have raised more than $30 million for the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Red Mitten Day to be observed annually beginning November 21, 2017.

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    For more information, please contact:

    Michelle Veilleux
    Public Relations Director
    Hudson’s Bay
    416-256-5182
    Michelle.Veilleux@hbc.com

  • Hasbro

    Hasbro established National Power Rangers Day on August 28, 2018, to help celebrate the Power Rangers 25th anniversary!

    Celebrating the Anniversary

    Throughout its history, Power Rangers pioneered diversity, inclusivity, and teamwork. They exemplify these values through every episode. When the show premiered in 1993, it featured a cast diverse beyond compare. Since then, the show has continued to lead the way proving that all are equal and anyone can be super. In fact, the recent 2017 feature film included one of the first Rangers/superheroes on the Autism spectrum!

    Although it began as a children’s show, the Power Rangers’ influence is multi-generational. Nostalgia is at an all-time high. For some, it’s discovering the SupeNinjaua Steel for the first time. For others, who have been fans for decades, the brand’s positive messages and main characters resonate with people around the world. Why? Because everyone can see themselves in these inspiring teenage heroes.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Power Rangers Day to be observed annually on August 28th.

    About Power Rangers

    It’s one of the most recognizable franchises in the world. And the series created by Haim Saban has one of the most popular taglines in history, “It’s Morphin Time!” The TV series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” (MMPR) launched on August 28, 1993. Power Rangers quickly became the #1 kids action brand and a global phenomenon. With its current 25th season, “Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel,” the show is now the second longest-running non-soap opera scripted program on American TV after “The Simpsons.” There are also over 830+ episodes in its library. Currently, Power Rangers is seen in more than 150 markets around the world. It’s also translated into numerous languages and a favorite on many indispensable children’s programming blocks around the world. Go Go Power Rangers on 8.28!

  • WORLD BOOK NIGHT – April 23

    WORLD BOOK NIGHT

    Every year on April 23rd, World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together to celebrate books and reading. It’s also a time to encourage adults to take the time and read at night.

    What do you do with your free time? According to a recent survey, most people around the world spend their free time sleeping. Others use their free time to complete household chores or go shopping. Some use it to volunteer. Many people also spend their free time hanging out with friends, listening to the radio, watching television, or looking at social media.
    Sadly, not very many people spend this time reading. In some countries like the UK, only 69 percent of adults read during their free time. In the United States, individuals between the ages of 15 to 44 read an average of 10 minutes a day. What these people don’t realize is the benefits they are missing out on.

    Reading includes many surprising benefits, too:

    • Reading increases empathy, which helps to improve relationships with others.
    • It makes people feel more connected to a wider community.
    • Reading books reduces symptoms of depression and increases a sense of wellbeing.
    • It helps provide insight into the worldview of others.
    • It helps students to enlarge their vocabularies and perform better academically.
    • Reading provides a better understanding of one’s own identity as well as the identity of others.

    For those who love to read or want to read more, the good news is, there are so many great books from which to choose! Even better than that is you don’t even have to buy a book. Simply check out books from the library. There are also many websites, such as Open Library, that allow you to download free e-books.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldBookNight

    During the evening, many libraries, bookstores, and public squares hold live book readings. Also, on this day, organizations that promote reading donate books to prisons, libraries, hospitals, and homeless shelters. This is the perfect time to spend your leisure time in the evening reading a book. You can also read a book to your children. Other ways to participate in this day include starting a book club with friends or donating your used books to those in need.

    WORLD BOOK NIGHT HISTORY

    An English publisher named Jamie Byng came up with the idea of a World Book Night. The event was conceived in 2010 during a round table discussion at the Book Industry Conference. The purpose would be to get more adults to read. The first World Book Night was held in the UK and Ireland on March 5, 2011. In 2012, the date was moved to April 23rd. This date coincided with UNESCO’s International Day of the Book. April 23rd is also believed to be the birthdate of William Shakespeare. At one time, the United States also celebrated World Book Night. Unfortunately, the U.S. called it quits due to the high cost of distributing free books and a lack of funding.

  • NATIONAL VANILLA ICE CREAM DAY – July 23

    NATIONAL VANILLA ICE CREAM DAY | JULY 23

    Vanilla Ice Cream Day on July 23rd tips its hat at the second most popular flavor in America. Take a bow, vanilla. I scream, you scream, we all scream for…VANILLA ICE CREAM!! Of course, the day is part of  National Ice Cream Month and not too far behind National Ice Cream Day.

    #VanillaIceCreamDay

    Since Americans love vanilla ice cream so much, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that vanilla is the most common flavoring in North America for ice cream. In fact, many people consider vanilla ice cream to be the default flavor. 

    Many may be familiar with Thomas Jefferson’s vanilla ice cream recipe. The third president of the United States may have discovered a love for the vanilla flavor while visiting France. While he wouldn’t have been the first to savor the delicious taste of vanilla ice cream, Jefferson enjoyed jotting down recipes. The same applied to ice cream. He also produced a handwritten copy of a vanilla ice cream recipe in the 1780s. Only ten copies remain. In fact, the Library of Congress houses one copy that has a cookie recipe on the flip side. Today, the ice cream parlor at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota serves the same recipe so that anyone can have a taste.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL VANILLA ICE CREAM DAY

    Make your own with this old fashioned homemade vanilla ice cream recipe for you to enjoy!  While you’re at it, invite some friends to enjoy it with you. Maybe, go out for some vanilla ice cream. Scoop up a dish full from the ice cream in your freezer. Will you add chocolate syrup or caramel? Oh, and don’t forget the sprinkles! Post a photo on social media using #VanillaIceCreamDay to encourage others to do the same.

    NATIONAL VANILLA ICE CREAM DAY HISTORY

    We were unable to find the creator and origin of National Vanilla Ice Cream Day.

     

  • CLASSROOM – Small Business

    CLASSROOM – Small Business

    Small Business and the classroom go hand in hand. Many of them support our classrooms in many ways. So it shouldn’t surprise us that some of our students grow up to be small business owners, either. What better way to celebrate them than to create a project that challenges our students to think like business owners. We did just that. We also encourage you to participate fully in any programs your small businesses support in your classroom. These presentations encourage entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity, and self-starters. Challenge your students to immerse themselves and take full advantage of the opportunities your local leaders have to offer. Their mentorship is priceless!

    HOW TO OBSERVE CLASSROOM – Small Business

    Download and print this week’s project and give your students the opportunity to explore the national days in their own way. It might surprise you what they discover! We’re often surprised by our own discoveries!

    Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

    1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
    2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
    3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
    4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
    5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
    6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

    Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.

    THIS WEEK’S PROJECTS

    When it comes to showing children what it’s like to run a small business, educators and families can try this project at home or in the classroom. How? Designate separate areas of the classroom or house as a small business.

    At home, here are several examples:
    • Kitchen = grocery or diner
    • Livingroom = theater or arcade
    • Bedroom = inn, clothing store
    • Playroom = bookstore, toystore, daycare
    • Laundry room = laundry, dry cleaner
    In the classroom, try this:
    • IT = Assign someone the responsibility/job of repairing, maintaining the classroom computers. If someone needs to do research online, they get paid.
    • Plumbing = Who maintains the water and flushing in the school? Every time someone goes the bathroom, they get paid. 
    • Baker = Does someone have a birthday? You know what to do. Even if the cupcakes are imaginary, they will likely be delicious!
    • Music shop = This person rents musical instruments to the school. 
    • Bookstore = How many books do you want to read this summer? A local bookstore will have new and used books. You can also borrow from your library for free. 

    Break out the Monopoly money and divide it up between the kids. Download and print the ledger we created and have your children create their own business. Now, everyone in the house is also a customer. Spend the day being business owners AND customers in your own home. The businesses you decide to create will require each person to make purchases to use them. As you divide your home into businesses, be sure to think about your home as a community and how it all works together. 

    We also offer another challenge. Check it out!

    Week 4 Challenge

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