National School Backpack Awareness Day, on September 18, strives to make sure students wear backpacks safely. Improper use can lead to back pain or injury, and can certainly impact learning. On this day, teachers, students, and parents come together to make sure families are aware of the risks — and that backpacks are being worn properly.
National School Backpack Awareness Day - History
The first National Backpack Awareness Day
The American Occupational Therapy Association launched the country's first ever event dedicated to backpacks and safety.
Lightweight nylon backpacks introduced
This expanded the use of backpacks to students across the country. This is also the year JanSport, the world's largest backpack maker, went into business, .
Gerry Outdoors invents the modern backpack
It's still mostly still a tool for outdoor recreation — used on hiking, fishing, and camping trips.
How to Observe National School Backpack Awareness Day
Attend an event
Experts can provide instructions on how to manage backpacks. Find out just how heavy they can get!
Share it on social
Everyone knows either a parent or student on Facebook or Twitter. Get social, and remind friends and family about this day.
Write down tips
Use a visual printout or bullet-point list to remind everyone about the basics of backpack safety.
3 Tips For Wearing A Backpack Safely
Use both straps
Slinging your backpack on one shoulder can lead to bad posture, and injury or pain.
Adjust the height
Backpacks should be worn high on your back; they should sit an inch or two above your hips.
Use the waist and chest strap
The horizontal straps help distribute the weight and keep your load stable as you move.
Why National School Backpack Awareness Day is Important
It keeps students safe
Backpacks worn incorrectly can lead to pain or injury. That's why it's so important to check the weight and use them properly.
It brings the community together
National Backpack Awareness Day brings everyone together to learn about backpack safety. It is an opportunity to reach parents and caretakers, along with students themselves.
It helps kids
Not only is this a chance to highlight backpack safety, it is also a chance for the community to learn about the challenges their students are facing.