Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
Backpack Safety America Month. Millions of school-age children are straining in pain under backpacks that are too heavy for their growing bodies. To remind students, parents and teachers about the safe and proper ways to choose, pack, lift and carry a backpack. For more information, browse www.backpacksafe.com.
College-Savings Month. Encourages families to plan ahead for the cost of college attendance. College-savings programs make it easy and affordable for the average family to save and are available in most states. For more information, browse www.collegesavings.org.
Library Card Sign-Up Month. To encourage every child to sign up for a library card and use it. For more information, browse www.ala.org. Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit children's literacy organization. For more information, browse www.rif.org/
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. To promote the message that recovery from drug and alcohol use in all its forms is possible. For more information, browse www.recoverymonth.gov.
National Organic Harvest Month. To educate all ages about organic agriculture and products sponsored by the Organic Trade Association. For more information, browse www.theorganicreport.org.
National Suicide Prevention Week. Sept. 9–15. To help the public understand and prevent suicide. For information, browse www.suicidology.org.
National Clean Hands Week. Sept. 16–22. To create and support initiatives to significantly improve health and save lives through clean hands. For more information, browse http://www.cleanhandscoalition.org/nchw.htm
Deaf Awareness Week. Sept. 23–29. To promote deaf culture, American Sign Language and deaf heritage. For more information, browse www.nad.org.
Labor Day. Sept. 3. The first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. For more information browse,
National Grandparents Day. Sept. 9. To honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children and to help children understand the strength, information and guidance older people can offer. For more information browse, http://www.grandparents-day.com
National Good Neighbor Day. Sept. 23. To build a nation and world that care by increasing the appreciation and understanding of our fellow man. For more information, browse www.natgoodneighborday.org.
Family Day. Strong families make a strong America. Responsible, caring, and involved parenting dramatically affects the direction of a child's life and fundamentally influences the well-being of society as a whole. http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010924-18.html