[NOTE: This article was originally posted on the blog of the Durham Association of Educators. Click HERE to read it and view the photographs.]
I’ve never worked in a garden myself, but the people in my life who tend to plants talk about the great satisfaction that comes with watching life evolve over a period of time. There’s a seed buried in the soil, then the tiniest bits of green that sprout up through the surface, and ultimately a full-grown frame bears fruit or blooms flowers for the world to enjoy. None of this, of course, happens without the addition of nutrients from the soil, water from the sky, and light from the sun. The process is both scientifically quantifiable and miraculous at the same time.
I think y’all know where this is going.
As educators, our task is to be the soil, the rain, and the sun, all day every day. We must protect, nurture, and catalyze the growth of the young people in our charge. It is the most challenging and exhausting work on the planet. But it is also the most joyful and rewarding work imaginable. The good folks at Eno Valley Elementary School understand this, and I’m thrilled to share their story with the world.