I THINK OF education the same way I think of the spring season. In that time of year, out of season and lifeless-looking trees begin to bloom and become like new. The new nutrients, new water, and new sunlight create new opportunities. They drop seeds, give us food to eat, and give a place to call home for squirrels and birds. When all of these things come together perfectly, these plants—that seemed like they had nothing left to offer—in fact were hiding beautiful colors, growth, petals, and leaves. The brownish grays and mossy splinters turn into pinks, whites, and greens. The snow and frozen limbs are exchanged for new growth and sunlight.
Education does the same thing. It is like having a new lease on your future. It can change us for the better, and when we pass this education on and carry the torch, we change the lives of those around us. Education expands our lives. The classroom is like a greenhouse, and we’re the ones who get to soak in the nutrients, the sun’s rays, and the pure water. This issue of Good News celebrates the educators in our lives that help us bloom. We thank you for your hard work and endless compassion. You give students in our communities the opportunity to bloom. GN