Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
Autism is not new, but awareness of it is. Please read information the Autism Society shares with the public.
International Customer Loyalty Month. Where would stores be without their customers? If you have a customer-driven service, thank a customer this month.
National Autism Awareness Month. “In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s.” For more information go to http://www.autism-society.org/site/PageServer?pagename=research_awareness
Keep America Beautiful Month. The KAB organization is dedicated to keeping America clean and litter-free. Litter affect everyone directly or indirectly, decreased property values and health issues are among these issues. Do your part by keeping your neighborhood clean of litter. For more information go to http://www.kab.org
National Poetry Month. Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996. Around the country, poets, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and schools celebrate poetry and its importance in American culture. For more information go to http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41
National Financial Literacy Month. "MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are planning to buy a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401k, the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you do it better. Throughout the site, you will find important information from 20 federal agencies government wide." For more information to http://www.mymoney.gov/
National Public Health Week, April 5-11. “A Healthier America: One Community at a Time” promotes good health in American communities. For more information go to http://www.nphw.org/nphw10/home1.htm
National Library Week, April 11-17. A week to raise appreciation and support for libraries, and to promote the practice and pleasure of reading. For more information go to http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/pio/natlibraryweek/nlw.cfm
National Park Week, April 17-25. America’s national parks are examples of our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks provide recreation, exercise, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge. Take time this month to visit a national park near you. For more information go to http://www.nps.gov/npweek/
Astronomy Week, April 19-25. Conceived to bring sstronomy to the people. Astronomy clubs, science museums, observatories, universities, planetariums, laboratories, libraries, and nature centers host special events and activities to acquaint peopl with local astronomical resources and facilities. Check with a nearby museum or your local library to see if they are having special programs and events.
April Fools’ Day,April 1.
Easter, April 4. Always on Sunday. A Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion, generally considered to have occurred between A.D. 26 and A.D. 33.
World Parkinson’s Disease Day, April 11. The birthday of Dr. James Parkinson (1755-1824), who first described the disease in his paper, “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy.” Parkinson’s Disease is a disabling neurological disorder that can dramatically affect a patient’s ability to walk, talk, write, and swallow.
Earth Day, April 22. A landmark event to cherish the earth and all of its wonders. “This Earth Day, EPA asks YOU to join in protecting our planet, ensuring clean air and water for all people and for our children.” For more information go to http://www.epa.gov/earthday/
Take Our Daughters And Sons to Work Day, April 22*. Exposing children to what their parents or mentors do all day shows them the value of education, helps them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and provides them with an opportunity to share how they see their future. *When I originally wrote an article about this day a few years back, this important day was April 24. I did some searching and found a site showing April 29 as Take Our Daughters And Sons to Work Day. Despite the range of dates, this is an excellent idea that has become widely accepted and grown to include taking our sons to work. http://www.daughtersandsonstowork.org/