Monthly Trivia: August

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Ready to embrace the new month? Before parents and kids get a headstart on new semester preparations, tickle your fact bones with these interesting August facts and trivia:
  • August’s birthstones are the peridot and the sardonyx while the month’s flowers are the gladiolus and poppy.
  • August was the 55th most common name given to a baby boy in Sweden in 2014.
  • Celebrity birthdays for this month Include Martha Stewart (August 3), Charlize Theron (August 7), Anna Kendrick (August 9), Chris Hemsworth (August 11), Steve Carell (August 16), and Andrew Garfield (August 20)
  • Labor Day is the considered the unofficial end of summer and the start of back to school season.
  • In 2010, 56 million students were projected to enroll in grades K-12, increasing the curriculum and expanding school studies and work.
  • For every 4 students in elementary and secondary classes across the US, 1 computer is shared. That makes a total of 14.2 million computers all over.
  • The oldest public school in the United States is the Boston Latin School. Founded in 1635, five of the Declaration of Independence signers attended the school, including Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams and William Hopper.
  • It wasn't until the late 1800’s that school could become accessible to those aside from the wealthy.
  • High school education didn’t exist till the 1930’s. Due to lack of honest work during the Great Depression, people decided to keep teenagers in school and away from work so that more adults with families could land jobs.
  • Approximately 480,000 school buses bring children back and forth to school each day in the U.S. alone.
  • Why are school buses yellow? Because the color attracts more attention than any other, making it easy to spot and differentiate for kids and adults alike.
  • An average pencil can be sharpened 17 times and write around 45,000 words!
  • It was common for people to erase pencil using crumbs from white bread when rubber erasers were not invented.
  • Originally, teachers did not approve of pencils having erasers. This was believed to encourage children to make mistakes.
  • 4% of children worldwide fear going to school. This fear is called Didaskaleinophobia.
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