Last week I posted an email I received from Public Agenda, a
non-profit, non-partisan research group. It prompted a meaty
discussion on education reform that brought some new commenters to
So here’s another one, though it’s more fun than anything.
Please, please, please let me know if you particpate in this
(whether you’re a teacher, parent, grandparent, administrator etc.)
This would be an awesome project for people who school their
children at home. I would LOVE to do a feature story on a
local entry on this contest.
HOLD ON TO YOUR OVEN MITTS!
The first Punctuation Baking Contest will highlight the
celebration of the
6th Annual National Punctuation Day (NPD) on September 24,
NPD is celebrated in schools and businesses throughout the world
activities, games, programs, and contests. It has inspired people
attention not only to their p¹s and q¹s, but also their commas,
and ellipses. NPD reminds us of the importance of proper
communicating clearly at home, school, or at work.
NPD has received worldwide media attention since former
Rubin founded the holiday in 2004, with newspaper coverage from
London and from Seoul to Seattle, in addition to broad radio and TV
in the United States ‹ including a short segment on Regis and Kelly
NPD is recognized by Chase¹s Calendar of Events and listed in
publication, The Teacher¹s Calendar, two directories published
RULES FOR THE PUNCTUATION BAKING CONTEST:
- Entrants must send a recipe and a sample of their cookie,
doughnut, or bread baked in the shape of a punctuation mark to
Punctuation Day, 1517 Buckeye Court, Pinole, CA 94564.
- Entrants must send two print photos ‹ one putting the item in an
before baking and the other taking it out when it¹s done. Make sure
see the baked goods clearly.
- First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive a box of
NPD goodies, and all entrants¹ photos and recipes will be published
National Punctuation Day website
- All entries must be received by September 30, 2009.
The NPD website ‹ in addition to highlighting the latest in
and featuring incorrectly punctuated signs from all over the world
as a resource that helps educators teach good writing skills and
students understand the basics of punctuation. Business people
it as a reference guide.
³Casual shortcuts bred by e-mailing and text messaging have no
school papers or professional business writing,² Rubin says. ³In
business world, words have power and help decision-makers form
immediately. Careless punctuation mistakes cost time, money,
³There¹s an epidemic of poor punctuation in the United States,
much like the
Swine flu. It¹s too bad there¹s no vaccine to prevent it.²
HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL PUNCTUATION DAY
What can you do to participate in National Punctuation Day on
1. Go to www.NationalPunctuationDay.com and become familiar with
rules and issues.
2. Organize punctuation activities at your school, library, or
3. Share punctuation peeves with founder Jeff Rubin at
4. Send photos of incorrectly punctuated signage to Jeff Rubin
5. Forward this news as a way to spread the importance of proper
To learn how schools and companies can participate in National
Day, or to schedule an interview with Jeff Rubin, the Punctuation
www.NationalPunctuationDay.com, call Jeff at (877) 588-1212, or