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Celebrating Education, Young Readers, and Geography Awareness

Education is something most Americans participate in without thinking, and even take for granted. Yet each year, American Education Week is held during the week before Thanksgiving, and reminds us of the gift education can be. This year, American Education Week starts on November 13 and ends on November 17. It is an opportunity for inspiration — to show thanks and acknowledgement for education received, while also inspiring educators to continue to strive to make a difference in their students’ knowledge and lives. Join us at PSESD as we celebrate the talented educators, staff, and other contributors to the educational system, and as we call on all students, parents, educators, the community to come together in celebration and appreciation!

Geography Awareness Week

Geography” refers to the study of places and the physical features of the Earth around us. Geography Awareness Week also takes place this week, and helps to raise awareness of the importance of geography to our everyday lives, while also encouraging others to think about the importance of maps and knowledge in general. The week was created by National Geographic magazine, and became established in 1987 by presidential proclamation. Why not use this week to talk or write about a place you have always wanted to see?

National Young Readers Week

Reading is essential to learning, growth, and education, and reading one great book as a child can transform their entire future. Young Readers Week also takes place this week, and is the perfect opportunity to introduce children and young readers to the transformative universe of books and reading.

Simply by reading, a child can learn between 4,000 to 12,000 words per year simply through reading and enjoying a book. Young Readers Week raises awareness of the importance of reading and is a terrific time to help kids develop their love for books and spark their passion for reading. Celebrate Young Readers Week with us by introducing your child to a wonderful classic children’s book this week!


Recognizing our Education Support Professionals

When it comes to education support, teachers are often the first people who come to mind, but education support professionals are just as vital in their dedication support, and their work too often goes unacknowledged. To salute these professionals, Education Support Professionals Day takes place on November 15 and gives us all at PSESD the chance to honor all of the incredible education support professionals who help and inspire our children each day.

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Celebrating October as National LGBTQ+ History Month—and National Coming Out Day on October 11!

October is LGBTQ+ History Month! Created in 1994, by a Missouri high school history teacher named Rodney Wilson who believed that a month should explore and celebrate LGBTQ+ history, LGBTQ+ History Month honors the history and courageous achievements across the years of LGBTQ+ people, including a spotlight on National Coming Out Day on October 11. Join us in celebrating our LGBTQ+ staff, students, and community members on this important day, and all month long!

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National School Lunch Week (October 9-13)

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nearly 30 million children every school day, providing the essential basic nutrition that contributes to student success and teacher support, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and fat-free or lowfat milk with every school lunch. President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962 to promote the importance of a healthy school lunch in a child’s life, as well as the impact a simple school lunch can have both inside and outside the classroom, and this year, National School Lunch Week takes place from October 9-13, 2023.

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Honoring and Commemorating Orange Shirt Day on September 30

September 30 is Orange Shirt Day—a day of remembrance honoring the hundreds of thousands of children who attended Canadian residence schools and United States Indigenous Boarding Schools, enduring abuse, neglect, disease, and worse. These schools were deliberately created to strip First Nations children of their culture,  language, and way of life, and their effects are still being felt today by those who survived, as well as their families.

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September is Suicide Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, offering an ideal opportunity to speak out and raise awareness—an awareness that is urgently required, with suicide the tenth leading cause of death among adults in the U.S.—and the second leading cause of death among children and young people aged 10-24. Unfortunately, these rates are increasing, and those who are young, LGBTQ, or BIPOC are especially vulnerable. LGBTQ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide, while transgender adults, meanwhile, are almost 12 times more likely than the general population to attempt suicide.

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