It is only the third month of 2022 and so many amazing things have already occurred.
There have been some holidays, fun Focus Foundation happenings, and interesting national days. Which of these events did you celebrate or participate in?
International Women’s Day
March 8, 2022
International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8th. The Focus Foundation wants you to imagine a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias. Celebrate women’s achievements. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. Support and learn more at internationalwomensday.com
Dr. Seuss Day
March 2, 2022
Dr. Seuss Day was on March 2nd. There were so many fun Dr. Seuss inspired activities and crafts for kids of all ages to celebrate the beloved children’s author’s birthday that we decided to share a list.
1. Make a Dr. Seuss hat from a paper bag. Just fold up the top of the bag and paint it red and white stripped. Add yarn around the folded part to help it stay on the childs head.
2. Read a different Dr. Suess book each day and combine activities from that particular book.
3. The Foot Book Activity: Toe painting. Take off your socks and shoes, and draw faces on each other’s toes!
4. One Fish, Two Fish Activity: Fish snacks like goldfish crackers or fish gummies are fun to eat while reading.
5. Cat in the Hat Activity: Make Cat in the Hat hats out of paper plate (cut out middle and use as the rim of the hat)and construction paper (white paper with cut out red stripes).
Rare Disease Day
February 28, 2022
The Focus Foundation celebrated #RareDiseaseDay2022 to bring attention to rare diagnoses that are unknown and require more research and access to available treatment. Did you know there are more than 7,000 rare diseases that impact over 300 million people globally that we still have much to learn about?
First celebrated in 2009, the goal of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness among the public and decision-makers about the challenges faced by the 300 million people impacted by rare diseases globally, as well as those still without a diagnosis. February 28th has grown into an essential annual celebration to engage the community, elevate the stories of patients and families, and drive donations, the creation of new critical resources, and innovative research in the rare disease space. To learn more and find ways to get involved, visit www.rarediseaseday.us.
National Acts of Kindness Day
February 17, 2022
National Acts of Kindness Day fell on February 17th, 2022. The Focus foundation shared some ideas to help spread joy.
1. Donate money to a charity. Please go to:
thefocusfoundation.org/donate if you would like to make a donation to The Focus Foundation.
2. Do some volunteer work.
3. Pay it forward, for example, by paying for the person’s meal behind you in a drive-thru.
4. Reach out to a friend or family member and let them know how much you care about them.
Acts of kindness can be both big and small. They can also be done on any day of the year!
National Opposite Day
January 25, 2022
National Opposite Day was on January 25th! It was the perfect reason to break free from the daily routine and spread some silliness! The Focus Foundation shared some of their favorite ideas for how to celebrate Opposite Day.
1. Breakfast for dinner – pancakes, bacon, and eggs are the clear choice for dinner on opposite day.
2. Engage in silly conversation -Set the tone for the party by making a rule that “yes” responses are “no” and “no” responses are “yes.”
3. Eat dessert first – it is such a fun surprise for this crazy holiday.
4. Lefty Righty – try eating dinner with your non-dominate hand.
5. Cup swap – Let the kids drink out of your favorite coffee mug or buy (plastic) wine glasses. In turn, you can drink from their kiddie cup or favorite water bottle.
6. Frozen hot chocolate – instead of drinking the classic cup of hot cocoa, why not switch stuff up and go the opposite route?
7. Bedtime story swap – let the kids read the bedtime stories and put you to bed!
Which of these ideas did you try or will you try next year?
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