April is the fourth month of the year. Ancient Romans called the month Aprilis. This Roman name may have come from a word meaning “to open,” a reference to plants and flowers opening in spring. Some people believe the month was named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. April’s special flowers are the daisy and the sweet pea. The birthstone is the diamond.
Keep America Beautiful Month reminds Americans to take responsibility for America’s environment. Children can visit a website at: http://www.kab.org.
Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month not only focuses on the roles of mathematics and statistics in education and society, but it also helps people know about the changes in mathematics education. This year’s theme is “The Future of Prediction.” Children can visit a website at: http://www.mathstatmonth.org/mathstatmonth/msamhome.
National Library Week helps make Americans aware of all the services available to the public in the libraries. This year the week is April 9-15, and the theme is “Libraries Transform.” Children can visit a website at: http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek.
Passover begins at sundown on April 10 and ends at sundown on April 18. Easter and Orthodox Easter are April 16.
Earth Day is April 22. This year’s theme is “Environmental and Climate Literacy.”
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is the fourth Thursday in April. This year that date is April 27.