Monday, May 6, 2013

Tuesday is National Teachers Day

We've already told you that this is National Nurses Week. It's also National Teacher Appreciation Week, and the Tuesday of National Teacher Appreciation Week is National Teacher Day. The National PTA offers a number of suggestions about how to let teachers know they're appreciated. Among these, the PTA suggests that you "[w]rite letters and cards of appreciation to your students’ teachers throughout the week and ask you students’ teachers how you can support them throughout the year" and "[s]how your support for the tremendous work teachers do by volunteering in your students’ classrooms."

We're going to speculate that your kids' teachers may not be overly impressed if you volunteer to help out only now, in the waning days of the academic year. But file that advice about volunteering away for the Fall (when you can be in time for World Teachers' Day on October 5.

Tuesday is also World Asthma Day, "organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) in collaboration with health care groups and asthma educators to raise awareness about asthma and improve asthma care throughout the world." The theme of this year's World Asthma Day is "You Can Control Your Asthma."

May 7 is also National Tourism Day and the birthday of the City of New Orleans (founded May 7, 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville). The linked Wikipedia article also credits Bienville with founding the City of Biloxi, Mississippi and co-founding the City of Mobile, Alabama.

May 7 may be a musical day. Not only is it the birthday of the City of New Orleans, it is also the birthday of Johnannes Brahms (born May 7, 1833) and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (born May 7, 1840). On the other hand, Gary Cooper was born on May 7, 1901. Yup.

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