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February

If you have any questions or concerns as a parent of a child in the Taylor School District, or if you would like to use any of the resources in the Parent Resource Center, please contact me.

Nannette Kuhn, Title I Parent Facilitator
313-295-5749 ext 12165
Nannette.Kuhn@taylorschools.net

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February is Heart Healthy Month

There are many celebrations associated with the month of February: Black History Month, American Heart Month, National Children's Dental Health Month, & National Grapefruit Month just to name a few.  We celelbrate Valentine's Day, President's Day, and many other bizarre and downright silly days.  Playing on the theme of hearts for Valentine's Day I have found many "Heart Healthy" internet resources.  All you need to do is click on the February is Heart Healthy page to the right.

Below I have listed some fun tips to celebrate some of the other holidays in Februray together as a family.

Bubble Gum Day - Friday, February 3, 2017

Date When Celebrated : first Friday in February

On this day, kids bring 50 cents to school, and donate it to a good cause. In exchange, they can chew bubble gum in school on this day. The school selects in advance, what cause the donations will go to. Ruth Spiro, the creator, wanted to have a day where kids can simply participate in donating, without constantly selling things. She says that since its creation, Bubble Gum Day has become a sweet success!

Bubble Gum Day was originally established for schools. But, libraries, clubs and community groups can and do participate. Even businesses are encouraged to hold a Bubble Gum Day event.

Boy Scout Day - Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Date When Celebrated : Always February 8th

Interesting Scouting Facts:

In 2004, there were 3,145,331 Boys in the scouting program, and 1,173,064 scout leaders. Source: BSA website.

British Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouts in Brittain. In 1907, he published the first scouting manual, titled Scouting for Boys.

Lord Robert Baden-Powell  was born on February 22, 1857.

Lady Olave Baden-Powell, founded Girl Guides. The wife of Lord Baden-Powell, she was also born on February 22 (1889).

The Boy Scout motto is "Be Prepared"

The Boy Scout slogan is "Do a good turn daily".

National Pizza Day - Thursday, February 9, 2017

Date When Celebrated : Always February 9

  • Pepperoni is the most popular, preferred by 36% of the people.
  • Over 3 Billion pizzas are sold n the U.S. each year.
  • More pizzas are sold on Super Bowl Sunday, than any other day of the year.
  • Halloween is the second most popular day for eating pizzas.  
  • Over 17% of restaurants are pizzerias, or serve pizza.
  • The first pizza was sold in Naples Italy in 1738.
  • Pizzas most likely evolved as a variation of flatbreads.
  • Americans consume over 23 pounds of pizza per year.

Valentine's Day - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

When: February 14th.

Valentine's Day is a celebration of love and lovers. The roots of Valentine's Day goes back to ancient times, when people paid honor to the Roman God of Fertility. This was known as the Feast of Lupercalia, and was celebrated even then on February 14th.

The traditions of Valentine's Day are broad and many. It is a time to exchange cards or small gifts. Chocolates, flowers, jewelry, and romantic dinners are the big hits of this holiday.

There are all kinds of traditions that are associated with Valentine's Day, but creating and sharing healthy snacks as a family could become a new one.  Below is a great list of different ideas to get you started.  Pinerest also has a ton of great ideas.

Valentine's Day Fun Loving Healty Snacks PDF Document

Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day

Date When Celebrated : Always on February 20 

On this winter day, people go out at noon, wave their hands over their heads and chant "Hoodie-Hoo".

It is a day to chase away winter blahs, and bring in spring. After all, everyone in the northern hemisphere are sick and tired of winter at this point and a little crazy being cooped up inside all winter and not seeing the sun.