special days and events for classroom celebrations - July

Special Days and Events for Classroom Celebrations — July – #readilearn

As we step into the second half of 2020, I hope you continue to stay well and happy. So many changes occurred during the first half of the year and life has not yet returned, if it ever will, to how it once was. In some areas where change is required, that’s perhaps a good thing, but many of us mourn the freedoms and security we once enjoyed.

In this post, I list some days and events you may wish to celebrate with your children, whether at home or at school, hopeful that some may inspire you and renew your resolve to work towards a better future.

International Plastic Bag Free Day on 3 July is a great way to start the month focusing on the environment and making small steps towards a positive future. The aim of the day is to increase awareness of the harmful effects of plastic waste upon the environment, especially the marine environment, and encourage everyone to reduce their use of plastics.

Some things to think about and discuss:

  • More than 500 billion plastic bags are used around the world each year, about one million every minute.
  • Each plastic bag is used on average for less than half an hour.
  • Plastic bags remain in the environment for up to 500 years. Plastic pollution doesn’t just affect those of us alive today. It affects generations for hundreds of years to come.

If we can all reduce our use of plastics, especially single-use plastics, it will have a positive impact upon Earth’s future and the future of all its inhabitants, including plants, animals and humans.

What can you do?

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15 thoughts on “Special Days and Events for Classroom Celebrations — July – #readilearn

  1. Jules

    I haven’t quite finished yet but I am making a plarn (plastic yarn mat). I might keep it – as a guide for if and when I make more. I think I read it takes over 500 plastic bags to make a standard 3 by 6 foot mat (if I remembered the dimensions correctly). I know folks who have made sacks and even hats out of plarn. I do have a good supply of cloth bags, some I’ve had so long that I’ve repaired them with embroidery thread. 🙂

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  2. Miriam Hurdle

    Second half of the year already? I can’t believe it. Oh no, the second half usually goes by faster with all the holidays and celebrations.

    This is an excellent post, Norah. I wish every day is plastic bag free day!

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  3. petespringerauthor

    2020 has been a year I certainly won’t ever forget. Let’s hope that the second half is a bit calmer. I always found that elementary children loved to get involved in environmental causes.

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