Across the Nation: May 6

May 6, 2014 5:04 am Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:15 pm

QUOTABLE

“Better than my mom made.

First-grader Ruth Gebregiorgis, first-grader speaking of pasta at Alexandria’s Patrick Henry Elementary. Schools are adapting to new USDA rules for healthier lunches.

 

NOTABLE STAT

$125 Million Over the 2015–2019 Period 

Cost of H.R. 4093 according to the Congressional Budget Office. It’s an act to encourage federal agencies to buy goods and services from small businesses.

 

CELEBRATE

National Teacher Appreciation Day

May 6 is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day in 1953. Use the #ThankaTeacher hashtag.

 

REMEMBER

Maya Lin Wins Design Competition

Yale architecture student Maya Ying Lin was named winner of a competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on May 6, 1981. The monument engraved with the names of Americans who died during the war has become an iconic gathering place in Washington.

 

YIKES!

Big-Headed Ants Invade

California officials are on the hunt for an invasive species of African ant that’s been spotted in an Orange County yard, and they’ll use Spam as bait. The ants love Spam. The ants pose a threat to crops.