Events & Celebrations in April
World Autism Awareness Day
April 2, 2018
World autism awareness day puts the spotlight on the hurdles that people with autism, and those who support them, face every day. It also celebrates the quine talents of people with autism while putting the focus on how communities can be welcoming for people with autism. Wear blue on April 2 to support the understanding and acceptance of people with autism. Add the #LightItUpBlue frame to your profile photos on social media.
April 7-8, 2018
See the possibilities with 3000 hands-on exhibits, 30+ stage shows, a STEM Career fair, and meet with scientists to learn more about their work at the 5th annual USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC.
National Robotics Week
April 7-15, 2018
National Robotics Week is designed to inspire youth to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-related fields. Check out the National Robotics Week website to find great activity ideas like robot trading cards from IEEE, STEM Instructables, and contests and locate events in your area. Learn how robotics can help youth develop their engineering skills with the Real-World Application of Skills video-based learning module.
National Encourage a Young Writer Day
April 10, 2018
Do you have children in your program with vivid imaginations, maybe someone who likes to tell stories and reads a lot of books? Use this special day to encourage them to pursue their goals and develop their writing skills. Consider starting a young writers’ club or book club. Look for educators or authors in your community that would like to be part of a young writers’ club. Give your young writes a journal. Encourage them to use it as a place for daily writing - short poems, random thoughts, inspired essays. A writers’ club can help is a place young writers can build community and feel free to stretch their wings.
Purple Up! Day
April 13, 2018
"Purple Up! For Military Kids" is a day to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple symbolizes the combined colors of all branches of the military: Army=green, Coast Guard=blue, Air Force=blue, Marine=red, and Navy=blue.
National Bat Appreciation Day
April 17, 2018
April is the best time of year to observe bats. Bat appreciation day is a great time to learn about the important role bats play in the ecosystem. Cool things to know about bats:
- In one hour, a single bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitos.
- Bats can see in the dark and use their extreme sense of hearing to help navigate.
- There are at least 48 species of bats in the United States.
- The largest urban bat colony in the US is found under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, Texas. It is home to an estimated 1,500,000 Mexican Free-Tailed Bats. The colony eats more than 10,000 pounds of insects each night and attracts about 100,000 tourists each year.
April 22, 2018
This year, Earth Day falls on Sunday, April 22 and the theme is End Plastic Pollution by 2020. Find lesson plans, activities, and other great resources to inform, inspire and engage the youth in your program. Find great resources from Click2SciencePD about turning outdoor field trips into learning experiences. Check out the Getting in the Water video-based learning module about exploring local habitat areas.
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week – Celebrating the heart of afterschool.
April 23-27, 2018
We will celebrate the work of the 850,000 dedicated professionals who work in afterschool programs. Check out National Afterschool Association's ideas for thanking the people who make your program work. Follow #HeartOfAfterschool to see what is happening.
Click2SciencePD is joining with the National AfterSchool Association to celebrate the professionals that are at the heart of afterschool programs during Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week. We believe afterschool professionals make a difference in the life of a child. Join us in thanking the afterschool professionals in your life. Here are some ideas on how you can show your appreciation:
- Declare on social media: "I believe Afterschool professionals make a difference in the life of a child. #heartofafterschool"
- Give a hand-written card from you and/or your child to the afterschool professional in your life.
- Send an email to an afterschool professional's supervisor describing why that person is appreciated.
- Make treats for the staff at your afterschool program. For more resources and information check out www.heartofafterschool.com.
Are you looking for ideas about how to celebrate Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week? Check out these 40 ideas for your praiseworthy staff.
What Else is Happening?
4-H Military Partnership Meeting
April 2-6, 2018
4-H Military Partnerships create opportunities and provide support to military-connected youth whether they live on or near an installation, in our communities, or on overseas installations. 4-H clubs and opportunities provide consistency in belonging and an opportunity to develop life skills through a positive youth development framework.
Network for Youth Success 2018 Conference – School’s Out, Make it Count!
April 13-14, 2018
This week, OST professionals from across New York are gathering in Saratoga Springs to build their skills and sure that all youth have the chance to reach their full potential. Here are a couple of great sessions you don’t want to miss:
- Quality Self-Assessment (QSR): How to Use the Tool Friday 10:15 AM
- Facilitating Inclusive STEM Learning Experiences on Saturday at 9:45 AM
Ready by 21 National Meeting
April 18-20, 2018
This week, the Ready by 21 National Meeting is bringing leaders from around the county together to focus on improving the odds for children and youth through collective impact initiatives, policy alignment and program quality improvement. Everyone’s goal is to ensure that youth develop the skills they need to be ready for college, work and life.
We'd love to hear how you plan to celebrate. Leave us a comment below!