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National Teachers’ Day May 3
Teacher Appreciation Week – First week in May

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”
– Mark Van Doren

“They inspire you, they entertain you, and you end up learning a ton even when you don’t know it.”
– Nicholas Sparks

“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.”
– Sidney Hook

“The great teacher is not the man who supplies the most facts, but the one in whose presence we become different people.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cinco de Mayo – May 5

“Cinco de Mayo has come to represent a celebration of the contributions that Mexican Americans and all Hispanics have made to America.”
– Joe Baca

“As we salute our national heroes and celebrate our Mexican heritage today, may the glittering lights of Cinco de Mayo fill our souls with sunshine. Have a wonderful celebration!”
– Unknown

Mother’s Day – May 8

“My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” 
– Jodi Picoult

“Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs since the payment is pure love.”
 –Mildred B. Vermont

“Mom, I love you, even though I’ll never accept your friend request,”
– Unknown

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”  
– Erma Bombeck

National School Nurse Day – May 11

International Nurses Day May 12

“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.”
– Val Saintsbury

 “America’s nurses are the beating heart of our medical system.”
– Barack Obama

“Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy… nurses are rarely short on caring.”
– Sharon Hudacek

L. Frank Baum (author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
born May 15, 1856

“Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t you think?” 
– L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

“Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders.” 
– L. Frank Baum, Rinkitink in Oz

National Police Week third week in May

“Our neighborhoods are safer when there is trust between communities and the police who are in charge of protecting them.”
– Pete Buttigieg

“The pressures are enormous. You must be administrator, financier, social worker, public relations expert, even politician, and still, somehow, always be a cop.”
– Ronald Reagan

“Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.”
– Barack Obama

“You must converse with the multitude, and oversee them, of social services that police captains provide and sheriffs provide for the public, and all the while balance the interests of your department with those of your community, the government, and its citizens.”
– Ronald Reagan

International Museum Day – May 18

“A visit to a museum is a search for beauty, truth, and meaning in our lives. Go to museums as often as you can.”
– Maira Kalman

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” 
– Michelangelo

“A country that has few museums is both materially poor and spiritually poor …
museums, like theatres and libraries, are a means to freedom.”
– Wendy Beckett

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”
– Winston S. Churchill

Armed Forces Day May 21

“Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces.”
– Charlie Dent

“Armed Forces Day on May 21, and the Memorial Day weekend that follows, is a time to honor, remember and recognize those who serve and have served our country, as well as those who have died in service. As we reflect, let’s not forget the many sacrifices made at home as well in support of our men and women in uniform.”
– Chuck Norris

“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
– Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Memorial Day – May 30
“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” 
– Unknown

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”
– Jeff Miller

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.” 
– Eleanor Roosevelt

National Mental Health Month – May

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”
– Glenn Close

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”
– Fred Rogers

“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.”
– Unknown

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