Do you know any Leaplings? That is a word to describe folks born on Leap Day.
Leap Day has become a fun and unique day that only revolves around every four years.
Once every four years, people born on Feb. 29 actually get to celebrate their birthday. Leap day and Leap Year is when an extra day is added every fourth year to help fix the problem that while our calendar year is 365 days, the solar year — the amount of time it takes the Earth to circle the sun — is 365.24219 days.
Leap Day was even the subject of a super funny episode of Frasier, during a Leap Year episode in 1996. In this episode, “Look Before You Leap,” Dr. Frazier Crane encourages his family and friends to Leap into a daring new practice in honor of Leap Day.
When Frasier’s turn came to sing an aria at the PBS telethon, he choked! We pass around various versions of this excerpt in the faculty forums at our school. Thought you might get a smile out of this one If you can find the Frasier episode (Season 3/Episode 16) that features Leap Day, it is fun to watch!
Here’s a fun Leap Day math quiz that you may want to take and then share with your students!
Happy Leap Day!
Frasier. (1996). Frasier Season 3 Episode 16 Look Before You Leap.
markapsolon. (2011, September 9). The haunting tape 14 (ghost caught on video) [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nyGCbxD848
As Americans we celebrate Memorial day, each and every year. Some gather at their homes with family and friends, some at cemeteries, and some at national monuments. We, as Americans, honor this day to our fallen service men and women in uniform. This is an important day for America and must not ever be forgotten. Many question the act of war, the death of many and length of some combats. That right is given to each of us, through the dedication and sacrifice of our military and their immediate family. Agree or disagree with all or some of our combats, we all can agree we dedicate today to our lost heroes. Their sacrifice was to ensure our freedom – We must treasure this freedom enough to live up to it. They have ensured a free United States of America.
God Bless America.
Photo by Janet Zepeda
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Happy Independence Day!
July 4th has fallen on a Sunday 34 times since 1776. The first July 4th Sunday was 1779 and the last was 2010, while the next will be 2027. Seward began continuously celebrating on Saturday, July 4th of 1868 and has done so 22 times on a Sunday. The bi-centennial July 4th celebration of 1976 was on a Sunday.
CSPAN rebroadcasted a May 17, 2021 Book Chat with Patrick J. O’Donnell who discussed his book, The Indispensables.
Here is the link: https://www.c-span.org/video/?511872-1/the-indispensables
The Indispensables follows O’Donnell’s previous book, Washington’s Immortals, also an exceptional read of an important period of history.
“We Live in the Wind and the Sand and Our Eyes are on the Stars” ~ WASP Motto
Image Found Here: http://www.robinsonlibrary.com/history/history/worldwar2/wasp.htm
The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), (also Women’s Army Service Pilots or Women’s Auxiliary Service Pilots) were a civilian women pilots’ organization, whose members were United States federal civil service employees. The 1074 members of WASP became trained pilots who tested aircraft, ferried aircraft and trained other pilots. Their purpose was to free male pilots for combat roles during World War II. The WASP museum is located on Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas.
The WASPs flew more than 60 million miles flying planes out of 192 bases. One pilot, Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins Silver was the only Women Airforce Service Pilots’ member to go missing during World War II. On October 26, 1944, Tompkins piloted her plane from a foggy runway on Mines Field, adjacent to the Los Angeles airport, and was not heard from again.
WASPs with PT-19, the first plane usually flown in primary training. Women on far left in dark glasses is Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins, according to Texas Women’s University Libraries WASP Archives.
Mr. Frank Jacobs , a retired aerospace engineer from Manhattan Beach, California has a haunting childhood memory of seeing a plane crash into the Santa Monica bay that day. He still dives to find Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins as poart of the Missing Aircraft Search Team. Read his account at this link from the Deep Explorers’ blog: http://www.deepexplorers.com/history/last-missing-wasp/
In July, 2008, President Obama signed legislation finally granting WASPs the Congressional Gold Medal, in recognition of their service. In honor of Memorial Day, May 27, it is important to remember all who served for the United States.
The 2017 Young Adutl (YA) book Seized by the Sun written by Jim Ure tells the life story of Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins
More more information on the brave WASP pilots, click to the Robinson Library history page.