Calendar of Events
March 2019

Newspaper in Education Week

Newspaper in Education Week is commemorated and celebrated annually during the first full school week in March. Newspaper in Education (NIE) is an international program that encourages the use of the daily newspaper as a “living textbook” for students from primary through adult education levels. The Tampa Bay Times is pleased to commemorate Newspaper in Education Week 2019 and encourage students to read the newspaper daily in school and at home to enhance and enrich their lives.

Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. Women’s History Month began as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women’s History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month." Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

February 2019

Black 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 2019

National Slavery & Human Trafficking Awareness Month

January 21: 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 28 - February 1, 2019

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! 2019 theme is “Spreading Literacy, One View at a Time.”

December 2018

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, a U.S. naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii, “was the scene of a devastating surprise attack by Japanese forces. Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight battleships, and over 300 airplanes. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan,” posted on the History Channel.

  • Log on to the digital edition of the Tampa Bay Times to see the actual front page from December 7, 1941.
  • Click here to see a PDF of the first three pages of the December 7, 1941 edition of the Times.
  • Click here for a transcript of the speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt declaring war.
  • Discovery Education has a one to two-day lesson plan to teach students about the events at Pearl Harbor in December 1941 which includes an activity giving students an assignment is to write a news story about Pearl Harbor as though they were living at the time.
  • Scholastic also has lesson plans that focus on the events that led to the attack, read the accounts of eyewitnesses, and relive the day Pearl Harbor was bombed.

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 2018

Election Day Resources

Veterans Day Resources

National Native American Heritage Month

Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

Please join us at the 2018 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018!

The winners of the 2018 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! Admission and parking are free.

Learn more about the Times NIE writing contest and read past winning stories at

Visit the Festival of Reading website for the festival schedule, map and complete list of authors.

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 2018

National Newspaper Week

Observance of National Newspaper Week will be take place Oct. 7-13. This 78th annual National Newspaper Week is a recognition of the service of newspapers and their employees across North American and is sponsored by Newspaper Association Managers, the consortium of North American trade associations representing the industry on a state and provincial, regional and national basis. This year’s theme is “Journalism matters. NOW more than ever.”

Substance Abuse Prevention Month

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, an annual observance focused on raising the public awareness and encouraging communities to take action and get involved to prevent substance use. Each year families, communities, and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and the importance of investing in prevention. This year’s theme is the "Power of Investing in Prevention".

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.

September 2018

American Founders’ Month and Celebrate Freedom Week 2018

Florida’s observance of American Founders’ Month and Celebrate Freedom Week during September 2018. Section (s.) 683.1455, Florida Statutes (F.S.), designates the month of September as American Founders’ Month and s. 1003.421, F.S., recognizes the last full week of classes in September in public schools as Celebrate Freedom Week. During American Founders’ Month various groups, including public and private educational institutions, are urged to recognize and observe this occasion through appropriate programs, meetings, services or celebrations in which state, county and local governmental officials are invited to participate. Public schools are encouraged to coordinate instruction at all grade levels related to the nation’s founding principles of our nation.

Tampa Bay Times NIE publication: Celebrate Freedom
Tampa Bay Times NIE publication: It’s All About the Benjamins
NIE publication: Time Stone Series of American Heroes Benjamin Franklin & Teacher Guide
Archives of Project Gutenberg: Original text of the Federalist Papers
National Archives: Correspondence and Other Writings of Six Major Shapers of the United States
National Archives: Lesson Plans: Teaching Six Big Ideas in the Constitution
Library of Congress: The American Founders Online: An Annotated Guide to Their Papers and Publications
PBS Learning Media: Alexander Hamilton | Lawyer, Writer, and Founding Father
PBS Learning Media: Benjamin Franklin | Writer, Inventor, and Founding Father
History Channel: Constitution Day Lesson
NEA: Constitution Day, Grades 6-8
PBS News Hour: News for Students and Teacher Resources 7–12 Grade Level Founding Fathers

Learn more about the Founding Fathers:

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Childhood Obesity Is a Major Public Health Problem:

  • Children with obesity are at higher risk for having other chronic health conditions and diseases, such as asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Children with obesity have more risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol than their normal weight peers.
  • Children with obesity can be bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers.
  • Children with obesity are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression and lower self-esteem.
  • Children with obesity are more likely to have obesity as adults. This can lead to lifelong physical and mental health problems.

National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15)

Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12. The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), announced the 2018 Hispanic Heritage Month theme: “Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions.”