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Calendar of Events
February 2018

African American History Month

Black History Month is officially celebrated in the month of February. However, throughout history, in every month, generations of African Americans struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. The credible resources on this page will help teachers and students learn more about this rich history. Decades of not treating people with equality and respect spawned the civil rights movement. The Civil War ended in 1865. Yet it took black Americans many decades and a long difficult fight to get what Abraham Lincoln had intended them to have: equality. Learn more with the informational texts referenced.


Teen Dating Violence Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. According to the website LoveisRespect, “Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.”


Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. “Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called ‘Washington’s Birthday’ by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.” Although some states honor the birthday of Lincoln, it was never a federal holiday. (Sources: The History Channel and Encyclopedia Britannica)

January 2018

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime. Florida is one of top three Human Trafficking Destinations in U.S.


January 15: MLK Day and the Day of Service

Signed into law in January 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday is a celebration of Dr. King’s contribution to the United States and to humankind. This American federal holiday is observed on the third Monday of each January, which is near King’s birthday, January 15, 1929.


Literacy Week: January 22- January 26

The goal of this year’s Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is to promote literacy and excellent reading habits in the students of Florida. This year, our Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! 2018 theme is Find Yourself in a Book!

December 2017

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day takes place on December 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

November 2017

Veterans Day Resources


Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

Please join us at the free 2017 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Saturday, Nov. 11! This year’s event features an amazing lineup of children’s authors, including Kate Dicamillo, Renee Garrison, Shannon Hitchcock, Fred Koehler, Greg Neri, Ridley Pearson, Sharon Robinson, Rob Sanders and Augusta Scattergood, as well as adult authors including Tim Dorsey, Michael Connelly and Janis Ian.

The winners of the 2016-2017 Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Award, an annual writing contest for Tampa Bay area high school students, will be honored at a special presentation at the Festival of Reading. The presentation will feature a reading by the grand prize winner. Please join us to recognize Tampa Bay’s brightest up-and-coming authors!

Learn more about the Times NIE writing contest and read the winning student story by visiting the Fantastical Times Writing Contest web site.

Visit The Times Festival of Reading website for the festival schedule, map, complete list of authors and more!


National Diabetes Month

Each November communities across the country observe National Diabetes Month to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. NIE has print and digital resources focusing on health and nutrition. Go to our Digital Resources: Health and Physical Education page for resources.

Newspaper in Education print publications:

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Fit4AllKids


National Novel Writing Month

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.


America Recycles Day – Nov. 15

America Recycles Day is November 15. Learn about the many recycling facilities, programs and events available to Tampa Bay residents with these NIE publications.

October 2017

Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October is Substance Abuse Prevention Month. NIE has some great print and digital resources for your classroom. Go to our Digital Resources: Health and Physical Education page for resources.

NOPE Candlelight Vigil hosted by ASAPPasco Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention
October 26, 5:30 -8 p.m.
Verizon Event Center
8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey 34653


Domestic Violence Awareness Month


National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second-most common kind of cancer in American women. About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer. Go to our Digital Resources: Health and Physical Education page for resources.