Weekly Highlights: 05/09/2014
Teacher Appreciation and Mothers Day
This week marks the recognition of two types of people important in our lives: teachers and mothers. The Library of Congress has related resources that might be of interest to you and your students:
As Henry Brooks Adams observed ďA teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.Ē Congress has often recognized this fact with various resolutions, such as this one: S. Res. 126 Ė A resolution recognizing the teachers of the United States for their contributions to the development and progress of our country.
To find more resolutions, visit CONGRESS.GOV, a Library of Congress site that offers a powerful search engine and tools for finding just about anything legislative you can think of. Follow a bill in real time -- from the day it is introduced to when it passes into law. There are a series of videos about the legislative process, biographies of all members of Congress as well as their voting records.
Hereís a question for your students: when was the first Mothersí Day? The answer: May 9, 1914. Hereís the story: Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia wanted to remember her own mother along with all mothers. Annaís mother had been active in working to improve the health and the wellbeing of people in her community, organizing a Motherís Friendship event to bring confederate and union soldiers together for a peaceful celebration. Many other women such as Julia Ward Howe, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Elizabeth Smith also fought for peace and encouraged mothers to speak out. Anna Jarvis convinced her motherís church to celebrate Motherís Day on the anniversary of her motherís death, and campaigned for a national day honoring mothers. Because of Jarvisís hard work, Woodrow Wilson chose that date for the national holiday.