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Will You “Reach As High As You Can” Today? (Video)


National Reach as High as You Can Day is observed annually on April 14th.

We can define “reach” many ways.  Search Guinness World Records for “highest reach” and Guinness gives us 322 results.  We can reach for our dreams or our goals.  Reach for the stars or the sky.  We can even reach for the balloon floating away from us much like the one that carried the Wizard of Oz away from Dorothy.

Of course, records can be set for the oldest or the youngest to reach a particular location, age, height or status.

While this day may not be about setting records, it is certainly about reaching high; higher than we think we can.  We often become complacent.  National Reach as High as You Can Day is just a reminder on the calendar not to let your dreams go adrift. Reach for them.  Reach as high as you can!

How to Celebrate?
  • Start working on that big project you never thought you would start.
  • Try your hand at that thing you thought was impossible; you never know you may succeed. And if you don’t, at least you tried.
  • Take the day literally and spend some time playing on a trampoline. Or take a ride in a hot air balloon. Or start taking flying lessons.

In 2014, former First Lady Michelle Obama, kicked off the “Reach Higher” initiative:

The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady’s effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.

In today’s economy, a high school diploma just isn’t enough. Students have to reach higher, which is why the First Lady is working to rally the country around the President’s “North Star” goal — that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.


National Day Calendar

Obama White House Archives