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September 2016

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  • Labor Day Labor Day always occurs on the first Monday in September and was first celebrated in the United States on September 5, 1882 as a trade union holiday. Now Labor Day for most people means the end of summer and the vacation season as well as the beginning of school for many students. The day is often celebrated with picnics, sporting events and reunions.
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  • National Farm Animal Awareness Week Children are fascinated by animals. Is there a farm nearby where you can visit to see them up close, or a local county fair? Preschool age children will enjoy the coloring pages and other activities found here. Farm animals often make the news too – check the newspaper in your area for stories about animals or watch a movie about farm animals making the news like "Charlotte's Web."
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  • Good Manners Month Children usually learn manners by example, but they may need some help. Search this site for ideas on improving manners in your family.
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  • World Peace Day This day commemorates August 6, 1945, when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. More than 50 years ago, a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki, a victim of the bombing at Hiroshima, dreamed of creating 1000 paper cranes to release into the wind as a symbol of peace throughout the world. Unfortunately, she died before she was able to fulfill her dream. Each year at the Hiroshima Peace Park 1000 paper cranes are released into the wind in the hope that death and destruction caused by war will never be repeated. Fold your own cranes by following these simple directions. To get more factual information about the events at Hiroshima, click here.
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  • Fall Begins As the weather cools and the leaves start to change color it is the perfect time (in most parts of the United States) to pick apples.

    Try these simple apple recipes, no matter where you get your apples.

    For fall crafts ideas visit: spoonful.com.
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  • Honey Month Honey is one of nature's delicious foods, but never, never give honey to a child under one year of age. For older children, visit this site to find interesting bee facts, yummy recipes, and the story of how honey is made.
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  • Hispanic Heritage Month Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Visit hispanicheritagemonth.gov to learn more.
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