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September 25, 2014

Today we celebrate:

National Comic Book Day - This is a day to read a comic book and maybe to share it with someone else who would enjoy reading it.  Don’t put it down and say it’s not a real book just because it has lots of pictures and the words are in bubbles.  It is still reading, so let your kids read some comic books today.

International Ataxia Awareness Day – This is the day to increase awareness of Ataxia. The word “ataxia” means “without coordination”. People with this disease have malfunctioning nervous systems which make it impossible to control their movements and balance. It could affect just a small part of a person’s body, such as fingers, eyes, or speech, or it could affect many parts of the body. It is diagnosed based on family history and an MRI brain scan. Genetic tests can be performed to see if someone carries the Ataxia gene. It can begin causing symptoms in either childhood or adulthood.

Math Story Telling Day – First celebrated in 2009, this is a day to tell math stories. You can make it a joke or an anecdote using numbers or symbols. Be creative about it and the kids will enjoy it much more.

World Maritime Day – Celebrated by different countries on different days during the last week in September, this is a day to stress the importance of safety on the waters for people and marine life.

National One-Hit Wonder Day – Created by Steve Rosen, this is a day to celebrate and remember those artists who had only one big hit in their careers.  That’s still more musical hits than I’ve had, so I’ve got to hand it to them because they’ve all gone farther than I have.

To celebrate everything in one day, write a math story in comic book format that takes place on water and give it to your kids to read one time and only one time. Then go online to spread awareness of Ataxia to all of your Facebook and Twitter friends.

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