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January

Louis Braille's Birthday- http://www.nationalbraille.org/AboutBraille.htm
The National Braille Association's Web site has information on Braille's life, how he created the code, how it is used and how it has changed throughout the years.

Challenger Space Shuttle Anniversary- http://arlingtoncemetery.com/challengr.htm
On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded killing all passengers aboard. This site contains images of the bronze memorial to the seven astronauts and a recap of the impact the explosion had on the United States.

Martin Luther King Day- http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/mlk
The site, run by The Seattle Times, contains information on King's life and the holiday as well as information on the Civil Rights movement.

February

American Heart Month- http://www.americanheart.org/
This is the official Web site of the American Heart Association. It offers a broad range of information.

Black History Month- http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/bhistory
Scholastic sponsors this site where visitors can learn about the many important contributions made by African Americans. Includes an interactive timeline.

Chinese New Year- http://www.new-year.co.uk/chinese/
This site allows viewers to celebrate in a number of ways.

Presidents' Day- http://www.whitehousehistory.org/
Visit the home of the Presidents: take a White House virtual tour, read the biographies of Presidents and First Ladies, see objects and artwork left by the Presidents, and view a timeline.

March

American Red Cross Month- http://www.redcross.org/
This site presents information from the emergency front as well as a virtual museum of the organization.

History Channel.com: The History of St. Patrick's Day- http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/stpatricksday/
The History Channel presents the history of St. Patrick's Day, March 17. The site also includes brief biographies of some famous Irish personalities. An interactive map gives information on regions of the country.

Infoplease.com: The Ides of March--Just One of a Dozen Ides- http://www.infoplease.com/spot/ides1.html
Visit this site for an explanation of the Ides and links on related topics, such as the Roman and Julian calendars.

National Women's History Project - http://www.nwhp.org/
This site presents resources to celebrate Women's History Month, including biographies.

April

Earth Day Network - http://www.earthday.net/
The Earth Day Network presents information about Earth Day and environmental concerns.

Internal Revenue Service: Tax Interactive - http://www.irs.gov/individuals/page/0,,id%3D15548,00.html
This site has answers to questions about taxes. It includes a tax history section and tax-related events in U.S. history.

TV Turnoff Network - http://www.tvturnoff.org/
This nonprofit organization encourages children and adults to watch less television. TV Turnoff Week, the last week in April, encourages people to be involved in "turning off the TV and turning on life."

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Education- http://www.ushmm.org/education/
Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed in April. This site is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust.

May

Cinco de Mayo- http://www.umkc.edu/imc/cincomay.htm
This site is provided by the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a tribute to the Mexican holiday, May 5, which celebrates the Mexican victory over the French in 1862.

Biography.com: Mother's Day- http://www.biography.com/features/mother/
Biography.com is part of the A&E Web site. It covers the lives of 100 famous mothers.

National Mental Health Association- http://www.nmha.org/
May is Mental Health Month, sponsored by the National Mental Health Association. The site provides information on mental illnesses and treatment strategies as well as positive ways to deal with stress.

President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports- http://www.fitness.gov/
May is Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This site gives information on programs, publications, a balanced diet, and exercise.

June

A Capitol Fourth: Flag History- http://www.pbs.org/capitolfourth/flag.html
June 14 was declared Flag Day in 1949 by President Truman. This site gives information on Flag Day and on the American flag, including guidelines for displaying it.

Cool Kid's Fishin'- http://www.ncfisheries.net/kids/
The first week in June is National Fishing Week. This North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries site gives information on the feeding habits of many fish and shellfish.

NASA: New Science: The First Day of Summer- http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov/news/2001/news-summer.asp
This Web site covers changing seasons, the Earth's rotation, and the summer solstice.

NOVA Online Adventure: Balloon Race Around the World- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ballooon
Here's information that explores early attempts at circumnavigating the globe as well as the 1999 successful trip. It also covers the history of ballooning.

Scholastic: Challenging the Space Frontier- http://teacher.scholastic.com/space/
People and historic flights are featured on this site. Important photos are included.

July

Fact Monster: Feature: The French Fourth- http://www.factmonster.com/spot/99bastilleday.html
The Fact Monster Web site gives visitors a brief overview of  Bastille Day, an important event in the history of the French Revolution.

Happy Birthday America - http://usacitylink.com/usa/
This site provides information about Americaís most celebrated holiday: Independence Day. Visitors will find images, history and other important information about Americaís Birthday.

KidsHealth for Kids: How to Be Safe When Youíre in the Sun- http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/watch/out/summer_safety.html
This site, run by the Nemourís Foundation, gives important information about protection and safety for children and adults under the summer sun.

NASM: Apollo to the Moon- http://www.nasm.si.edu/collections/imagery.cfm
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum provides an interactive look at what have made moon landings and space exploration such a success. From the first steps on the moon to the most recent mission, visitors will see extraordinary images and descriptions of these amazing expeditions.

National Geographic Xpeditions: Geography Standards- http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/standards/09/
July 11 was declared World Population Day by the United Nations. This site gives information on World Population Day including lesson plans and activities on U.S. geography standards.

National Register of Historic Places: Teaching with Historic Places: Independence Day- http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/jul00.htm
The National Register of Historic Places provides lesson plans, information, and resources that focus on teaching the appreciation of U.S. history.

REN: Reef Education Network- http://www.reef.edu.au/
Coral Reefs Awareness Week happens during the third week in July. Australiaís University of Queensland uses this site to offer education and insight into these unique underwater environments.

United States Patent and Trademark Office: Kids Pages- http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/opa/kids/
This site provides information and activities about the first U.S. patent. It also includes information about how children can patent their own ideas.

August

Britannica.com: Roller Coasters- http://search.eb.com/coasters/
The roller coaster was first patented on August 16, 1898. This site provides a more detailed look on roller coasters of the past and roller coasters of the future.

1492: An Ongoing Voyage- http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/1492/
Learn about Christopher Columbus, including his 1492 voyage to the New World, in this exciting online exhibit from the Library of Congress.

IBM Archives- http://www-1.ibm.com/ibm/history/
The personal computer became available to the world on August 12, 1981. This site take will take visitors on a journey into the evolution of the computer from its beginning to the present.

Lemelson-MIT Program: Invention Dimension- http://web.mit.edu/invent/invent-main.html
In August we celebrate National Inventorís Month. This site, developed by the Lemelson-MIT Program, provides information about inventions and inventors. It also includes a step by step look at the invention process.

National Night Out- http://www.nationaltownwatch.org/nno
National Night Out is an annual event. This site offers useful information about what it is, how it began, and what you can do to participate.

NOVA Online: Secrets of Making Money- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/moolah/
Beginning with the very first penny (issued August 2, 1909) this site details the existence of money: where it came from to where it is going.

Women in American History- http://search.eb.com/women/
Encyclopedia Britannica sponsors this Web site to celebrate Womenís Equality Day, August 26 as well as the 19th Amendment, which granted full suffrage to women, and a number of womenís achievements throughout history. 

National Parks Service: Visit Your Parks: Park Guide- http://www.nps.gov/parks.html
This site is dedicated to National Parks Month. Visitors will find a collection of resources with information about national parks including making reservations to visit.

Prevent Blindness America - http://www.preventblindness.org/
This site offers information on eye health and safety and provides visitors with tips on fighting blindness and saving sight.

The 3D Glossary- http://www.vision3d.com/optical/
This site offers visitors information about how to view three-dimensional pictures as well as practice examples of three-dimensional images and other optical illusions.

September  

Benís Guide to U.S. Government for Kids- http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed. This site is designed to give visitors information about the Constitution, branches of the U.S. Government, how laws are made, and additional topics associated with the U.S. Government. This site is can be tailored to studentsí grade level and also provides resources for parents and teachers.

Fact Monster: Feature: Hard Labor- http://www.factmonster.com/spot/labor1.html
Labor Day is celebrated the first Monday in September. This site is run by Lycos Zone Fact Monster and provides visitors with information about labor unions, the history of Labor Day, and other topics associated with Labor Day.

MDA Telethon- http://www.mdausa.org/telethon/
This site provides visitors with information about the Muscular Dystrophy Associationís telethon hosted by Jerry Lewis which takes place every Labor Day to raise money to help find a cure for the disease.

NASA: New Science: A Change of Season- http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/News/2001/News-AutumnalEquinox.asp
On September 23 we celebrate the first day of autumn, also known as the Autumnal Equinox. This is an informative page about why the seasons change as well as information about daylight savings time.

National Grandparents Day- http://www.grandparents-day.com/
This is a site dedicated to the appreciation of grandparents all over the world. It also provides information about nursing home visitation programs.

NFSEM: National Food Safety Education Month- http://www.foodsafety.gov/~fsg/september.html
This site, sponsored by the International Food Safety Council, highlights the importance of safe food handling and reinforces food safety training and education.

SCDAA: Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc.- http://www.sicklecelldisease.org/
September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Visit this site for information on Sickle cell disease.

Scholastic: Teachers: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage- http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hispanic/
September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. This site is a resource for discovering the Hispanic culture, meeting famous Latinos, and learning about Hispanic history.

October

American Philatelic Society- http://www.stamps.org/
This site, run by the American Philatelic Society, gives information and resources on stamp collectors and the art of stamp collecting.

Education World: Lesson Planning Article: All About Words: Dictionary Activities! Ė http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson206.shtml
October 16 is Dictionary Day where we honor the work of Noah Webster. This site, run by Education World, gives visitors an informative look at Websterís standardization of the English language.

History Channel.com: Exhibits: The History of Halloween- http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/halloween/
Visitors at this site will learn about the origin of Halloween and the story behind some of the mainstream traditions.

The Library of Congress: American Memory: Today in History: Columbus Day- http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/oct12.html
October 12 marks the anniversary of the first sight of land aboard the Pinta in Columbusí journey to America. The Library of Congress remembers Columbusí arrival in the New World with this Website devoted to the history of the celebration of Columbus Day.

NCPC: National Crime Prevention Council- http://www.ncpc.org/
The National Crime Prevention Council has created this Web site for visitors to learn more about neighborhood safety and ways to help with crime prevention.

NFPA Online: Fire Prevention Week- http://www.nfpa.org/FPW/index.asp
The first week of October is Fire Prevention Week. This is the official website of the National Fire Prevention Agency.

PBS Kids: Learning Adventures in Citizenship: The Great Depression in New York- http://www.pbs.org/wnet/newyork/laic/episode6/topic1/e6_topic1.html
On October 29, 1929, the stock market crashed. The Learning Adventures in Citizenship Web site provides information and history on New York City during the depression.

USA Weekend: Make a Difference Day- http://usaweekend.com/diffday
This site is devoted to Make a Difference Day which is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of every October. Visitors will find information about neighborhood projects being done in hundreds of cities and towns across the country.

 November

Alzheimerís Association- http://www.alz.org
This is the official Web site of the Alzheimerís Association devoted to research to find a cure for this disease.

Food for the Ancestors- http://www.pbs.org/foodancestors/
This is a PBS Web site filled with information about the week-long Mexican holiday in November called Day of the Dead. Visitors to this site will learn the history, meaning, and other important details of this ancient celebration.

History Channel.com: The History of Thanksgiving- http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/thanksgiving
This History Channel site provides insight into the holiday known as Thanksgiving. This site reveals truths about the first Thanksgiving and puts an end to some long-believed Thanksgiving myths.

McGruff.org- http://www.mcgruff.org
This Web site, run by the National Crime Prevention Council, is filled with games and activities to teach how to stay safe and how to keep families safe.

Native Web- http://www.nativeweb.org
This site is a resource for finding information about Native American culture, history, and modern life.

The PBS Kids Democracy Project- http://www.pbs.org/democracy/kids/
Visitors to this site will be encouraged to learn the importance of voting and democracy. By becoming President for a Day, visitors can get a better understanding of how the entire country is affected by even just one personís decisions.

Quit 4 Life- http://www.quit4life.com
November 20 is when we celebrate The Great American Smokeout, which encourages smokers to quit for that day. This site provides helpful information and strategies for quitting smoking.

VFW: Veterans of Foreign Wars- http://www.vfw.org
This is the official site of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The VFW Web site is a resource for information concerning Veterans Day.

  December  

HistoryChannel.com: Hanukkah- http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/holidays/hanukkah
The History Channel devoted this site to the celebration of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. Visitors to this site will learn the history and traditions of Hanukkah, which is also called the Festival of Lights.

Howstuffworks: How Christmas Works- http://www.howstuffworks.com/christmas.htm
Howstuffworks provides a simple non-denominational explanation of Christmas by a computer scientist as though explaining it to a space alien. There are also links to other Howstuffworks articles.

Infoplease.com: Ramadan: The Month of Fasting- http://www.infoplease.com/spot/ramadan1.html
In the Muslim religion, the sighting of the new moon signifies the beginning of Ramadan. This site is an information resource for this month-long fasting period.

NationalGeographic.com: Remembering Pearl Harbor- http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/
Visitors to this site will learn about the significance of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and its impact on the United States entering World War II. 

The Official Kwanzaa Web Site- http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/
This is the official Web site for the Kwanzaa holiday. Visitors to this site will the history and meaning of Kwanzaa, and how it is celebrated today.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights- http://www.udhr50.org/
In December we celebrate Universal Human Rights month. This site is dedicated to the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, 1948. Visitors will learn the history of this declaration and information about the people who wrote it.

World AIDS Day- http://www.worldaidsday.org/
This site is devoted to awareness of AIDS and the fight against it.