May 1, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 82 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
HONORING BIRTH-DAY; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 82
(Extensions of Remarks - May 01, 2020)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E412] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING BIRTH-DAY ______ HON. GREG WALDEN of oregon in the house of representatives Friday, May 1, 2020 Mr. WALDEN. Madam Speaker, I invite my colleagues to join me and members of Concerned Families in Southern Oregon in recognizing ``Birth-Day'' on the first day of every May. Since 2012, the Birth-Day Project has motivated concerned adults to make an impact on their local public and private schools by visiting students and celebrating all their birthdays with ice cream sundaes and recreational activities. Nearly 10,000 Americans celebrated Birth-Day last year, including several of the inaugural members in Grants Pass, OR who first recognized Birth-Day as 4th graders nine years ago. In fact, the Birth- Day Project has been so significant for students and their communities that a similar group in the State of New York, Young Life Manhattan, now celebrates Birth-Day in schools throughout the Bronx. However, this May students that would be wrapping up their school year or graduating at school, are instead learning from home and practicing social distancing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many students and adults may feel disheartened at missing this year's Birth-Day celebration while at school, I ask that they keep in mind the sentiment of honoring the birth and life of their fellow community members. As the Coronavirus continues to impact our daily lives, we must turn to our American values to reinvigorate our fortitude as well as own faith in each other during this crisis. The Birth-Day Project seeks to bring out the best in us by valuing compassion, community, and service to others. Once again, l hope my colleagues will join me today, Friday, May 1st in building community connectedness all over our great country and celebrating the birthdays of young Americans who deserve some cheer and support during these trying times. I would personally like to wish a happy Birth-Day to all the Oregon students who cannot celebrate at school this year. We are all in this together. ____________________