Special weeks and months proclaimed

Published 3:30 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2023

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This week – May 8 through 12, 2023 – is National Teacher Appreciation Week and a special day, May 9, is set aside.

At the May 8 meeting of the Dare County Board of Education meeting, school board member David Twiddy reached out to say “thank you to all our staff.” He praised the devotion to students.

Instead of a luncheon, the Board of Education secured selected food trucks for each school. Board Chairman Ron Payne praised the food delivered to one school.

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Other important weeks and events are highlighted at the Dare County Board of Commissioners meetings.

The month of May is tapped for mental health awareness. One in five Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year. Stigma is often a major barrier to getting help for those suffering from mental health disorders. Find resources and more information at BreaktheStigmaOBX.com.

Dare’s commissioners proclaimed Vulnerable Adult and Elder Abuse Awareness Months for 2023. In fiscal year 2022, some 57 reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable and older adults were made to the Dare County Division of Social Services. The month starts on Mother’s Day, May 14 and ends on Father’s Day, June 18, 2023.

Dare’s commissioners proclaimed the week of May 21 through 27, 2023 as Emergency Medical Services Week. This year’s national theme is “EMS: Where Emergency Care Begins.”

And, looking ahead to June, the week of June 11 through 17, 2023, is proclaimed Local Foods Week in Dare County. The proclamation urges citizens “to support local agriculture and purchase more high-quality, locally-produced foods, and learn about the benefits of agriculture and local foods in Dare County.”

On May 1, the Dare commissioners also passed a resolution supporting The Lost Colony. The show has been performed on Roanoke Island for 85 years, interrupted only by World War II and the COVID-19 pandemic. In the resolution, the board “expresses its sincere thanks and appreciation to the Board of Directors of the Roanoke Island Historical Association for its hard, work, and we pledge our continuing support for The Lost Colony.”