Official Lost and Found Day
the second Friday in December (since 2012)
Lance Morgan on December 14th, 2012
Official Lost and Found Day is a day set aside for people to recall things they have lost, and then to possibly make the effort to look for them. After recalling an item and reflecting on it, it may be apparent that the item is forever lost. But if it is determined that something can still be done, then this is the day when people take action to retrieve it. The concept of lost and found has been around for millennia; in ancient Greece and Rome, advertizing for lost items appeared on papyrus. In 1805, Napoleon had his prefect of police establish a lost and found office where objects from the streets of Paris would be brought. In London, the lost property office, which has been in operation since 1934, collects tens of thousands of lost and found items each year from the London transport system. Started by Lance Morgan, a PBIS educator at Chautauqua Elementary School in Vashon, Washington, Official Lost and Found Day was first celebrated at the school on Friday December 14, 2012. In March 2013 the school submitted the day to Chase's Calendar of Events, and it was accepted in 2014.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by trying to recall any things you have lost, and then determine if there is any chance you can get any of those things back. If you think there is, then make the effort to reach out to try to get them back. Make a call or stop at places where you think you left something. There still may be hope. While you are at it, make sure to take the lost and found pledge as well.