Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The First Day of Spring

March 20, 2012 – The first day of Spring

Today, March 20, 2012 is the first day of Spring. The first day of Spring is also called the vernal equinox. The date changes each year and is based on the amount of sunlight in the day. The word equinox derives from the Latin words that mean, “equal night.” On the first day of Spring, there are approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. The sun rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.

Gardening with Ms. Druch
In celebration of today, the first day of Spring, I’d like to spotlight one of the dedicated StarShine teachers, Sheila Druch. Sheila has been a teacher at StarShine for a number of years, first as a junior high teacher and then as our science/gardening teacher. Most days when I arrive at school, I see her bent over one of the flower or vegetable gardens, pulling weeds, instructing students or planting new vegetables and flowers. Sheila not only works with the students to teach science through our school garden, she also maintains the gardens. So – thank you Sheila for your dedication to the StarShine students.

StarShine Teacher, Sheila Druch

“God Almighty first planted a garden; and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.”
Francis Bacon

If you enjoyed this inspirational story about dedicated teachers, you’ll want to read: