Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
September is Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month. I could not find much information concerning this holiday, but do appreciate it. I finally found something of substance and interest on The University of South Carolina School of Journalism site. See below.
College Savings Month. Most families need to plan ahead for the cost of college enrollment. And programs like the "529 Plan"—available in most states—can make it easy and affordable for the average family to save. The College Savings Plans Network sponsors this month to encourage recognition of the importance of a higher education. Get the facts at www.collegesavings.org.
Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer struck 20,095 U.S. women in 2004 and killed 14,716 of them. Just last year, a small national survey of women revealed that only 4 percent of them believed they could recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Hence the importance of educating women about gynecologic cancers—how they can be prevented and detected before they become fatal. Visit www.thegcf.org for more information.
Healthy Aging Month. Part of the Healthy Aging Campaign to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. Visit http://nccam.nih.gov/news/thismonth/sept08.htm
Mold Awareness Month. Indoor mold growth and its impact on human health, especially on children and the elderly, is something only recently understood and widely accepted. http://www.topix.com/business/law/2008/08/national-indoor-toxic-mold-awareness-month-sept-5-oct-5-2008
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The message of this campaign is that recovery from drug and alcohol abuse in all its forms is possible and beneficial. For more information, go to www.recoverymonth.gov.
National Coupon Month. To celebrate the nearly $4 billion Americans save every year by using coupons. Get coupon tips at http://www.couponmonth.com/pages/home.htm
Be Kind to Editors and Writers Month. Originated by writer Lauren Barnett Scharf, use this month to show your appreciation for the writer or editor in your life. I could not find much information concerning this holiday, but do appreciate it. For a little journalism humor, visit http://www.jour.sc.edu/news/csj/CSJOct04.html
Balance Awareness Week. Sept. 14-20. The Vestibular Disorders Association established this event to develop public awareness of balance disorders, which are difficult to diagnose and often misunderstood because of their "invisibility". For further information, go to www.vestibular.org.
Deaf Awareness Week. Sept. 21-27. Nationwide celebration to promote understanding of the culture, language, and heritage of the deaf. For more information, visit www.nad.org.
National Adult Immunization Awareness Week. Sept. 21-27. Vaccines aren't just for children. Adults can assess their need for vaccinations at www.cdc.gov/vaccines; additional information may be found at www.nfid.org.
Labor Day Sept. 1. Although it is now a day for picnics and cookouts without much thought of the thousands of laborers for whom this holiday was created. For more information visit http://www.dol.gov/OPA/ABOUTDOL/LABORDAY.HTM
Patriot Day Sept. 11 To read President George W. Bush's Resolution visit http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=107_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ089.107
American Business Women's Day Sept 22. Proclamation #5532 for American Business Women's Day, was signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
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National Punctuation Day. Sept. 24. "A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotes, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis." Visit www.nationalpunctuationday.com
Rosh Hashanah Sept. 29. "Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year." Source: http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday2.htm