NATIONAL BACK TO SCHOOL MONTH
Back to School Month in August gears up parents, teachers, schools, and students for a season of education.
With shorter days, it’s time to dust off the backpacks, fill them up, and plan for a new school year. Preparing children for the new year includes everything from supplies, clothes, checkups, planning schedules, and making new friends. Teachers develop their lesson plans and ready their classrooms for the new, smiling faces.
Despite all the excitement, the expense of going back to school can put a damper on going back to school. Fill-the-bus events, backpack programs, and teacher supply initiatives help to fill the gaps. Organizations around the country pull together to make the first day of school fun every year.
How to observe
Check your supply list, tour your new school, learn your schedule. Volunteer to show a new student around your stomping grounds. Have some fun before summer is over, too! How do you get ready for back to school? Share on social media using #NationalBackToSchoolMonth.
National Back to School Month has been observed since the 1960s.
The school year has traditionally begun in the fall and ended in late spring allowing the children of farmers in our agricultural society to help with planting and harvesting. Though today most families have moved to a more urban and suburban lifestyle, most schools in the United States still function on this system. However, a trend toward a year-round school year is gaining steam.
GLUTEN-FREE PIKELETS RECIPE
- 1 cup gluten-free plain flour
- 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg (lightly beaten)
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tbs butter
1- Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add sugar, mix and make a well in the centre. Slowly add egg and enough milk to make a thick batter. Beat well until smooth.
2- Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat, melt ½ teaspoon butter and drop heaped tablespoonfuls of mixture into the pan. I cooked about 5 at a time. When bubbles appear on the surface, flip the pikelets and allow to brown on the second side.
Transfer pikelets onto a plate and cover with a cloth while you finish cooking the remainder.
3- Serve plain, with butter, jam, honey or maple syrup. Yum.
- Of course, if you don’t need to be gluten-free, substitute the gluten-free flour with plain flour. Or use self-raising flour and omit the baking powder.
- Recipe created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot.
AUGUST IS BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS MONTH
Goals Of Breastfeeding Awareness Month
Breastfeeding Awareness Month began in 2011, when World Breastfeeding Week was extended to include the whole month of August!
National Breastfeeding month is sponsored by the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), which has many goals for the month, including the promotion of:
- Breastfeeding as the norm for feeding babies and young children
- Breast milk as the preferred source of nutrition for babies and the best source of overall nutrition
- Breastfeeding as protection for babies and children against diseases in childhood and throughout life
- Breastfeeding as the means for parents and children forming a strong emotional bond
- Breastfeeding as a safe, renewable food source in natural disasters and emergencies
National Breastfeeding Month also seeks to encourage workplaces to support lactating parents, and urges medical authorities to recommend that babies be exclusively breastfed for at least six months, and that babies continue to receive breast milk for their first year of life.
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