Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Be careful what you say to your child. It is important to remember that abuse comes in many forms. One of the most harmful and life changing is berating, name calling and harsh put-downs. In a childs mind, if mommy or daddy says it, it must be so.
Alcohol Awareness Month. April 1–30. To raise awareness about the problem of underage drinking. For more information, browse www.ncadd.org.
Child Abuse Prevention Month. April 1–30. To raise awareness about the problem of child abuse and to provide prevention education. For more information, browse www.preventchildabuse.com.
National Donate Life Month. To encourage Americans to consider organ and tissue donation and to sign donor cards when getting a driver’s license. For more information, browse www.organdonor.gov.
National Kite Month. April 1–30. Celebrates kiting with more than 600 events throughout the United States. For more information, browse www.nationalkitemonth.org.
National Parkinson’s Awareness Month. April 1–30. To raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease. For more information, browse www.parkinsons.org.
National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. April 1–30. To raise awareness of the problem of sexual assault, promote legislation to address sexual assault and promote resources for victims. For more information, browse www.rainn.org.
Workplace Conflict Awareness Month. April 1–30. To raise awareness that trying to avoid conflict is useless and that it must be dealt with and managed. For more information, browse www.chacocanyon.com.
Medication Safety Week. April 1–7. To raise awareness about medication safety and to offer strategies to reduce risk. For more information, browse www.womensheart.org.
National Week of the Ocean. April 3–9. To focus on humanity’s great interdependence with the ocean. To ask people to appreciate the ocean, protect it and use it wisely. For more information, browse www.national-week-of-the-ocean.org.
National Wildlife Week. April 17–23. A celebration to alert the public to the needs of wildlife and efforts to preserve habitats. For more information, browse www.nwf.org.
April Fools’ Day. April 1. A tradition that began in France in 1564. April 1 used to be New Year’s Day, but it was changed to Jan. 1 that year. People who insisted on celebrating the old New Year date became known as April fools, and it became common to play jokes and tricks on them.
Reconciliation Day. April 2. Columnist Ann Landers suggested in 1989 that this day be set aside for writing that letter or making that phone call to mend a broken relationship.
National Workplace Napping Day. April 4. A day for employees to lie down and be counted in support of napping in the workplace. For more information, browse www.napping.com.
Earth Day. April 22. First observed in 1970, Earth Day was an attempt to accelerate the transition to renewable energy worldwide. The efforts continue. For more information, browse www.earthday.net.
Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day. April 28. A national public education campaign sponsored by the Ms. Foundation in which children from ages 8 to 12 go to work with adult hosts. For more information, browse www.daughtersandsonstowork.org.
National Arbor Day. A day to honor plants and trees. For more information, browse www.arborday.org.
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