DOCTORS INLET – Students, friends and community members gathered on the sunny front lawn of Doctors Inlet Elementary School recently to honor the memory of one of the school’s most prolific …
DOCTORS INLET – Students, friends and community members gathered on the sunny front lawn of Doctors Inlet Elementary School recently to honor the memory of one of the school’s most prolific volunteers.
Led by Assistant Principal Ruth Casias, member of the Garden Club of Orange Park and the school’s Green Thumb Club, planted a tree Feb. 9 in memory of Dr. Virginia Hash, who spent countless hours at the school. Along with Casias, she helped start the Green Thumb Club, whose students planted a tulip poplar in her memory.
The children Hash volunteered with affectionately called her the “Science Lady.”
Hash, who passed away October 30, 2016, was a member of the Orange Park Historical Society, the Clay County Literacy Coalition and the Orange Park Woman’s Club. Hash also tutored immigrants and spent six weeks teaching a year in St. Petersburg, Russia. Born in Ames, Iowa in 1927, Hash was the only child in her family of seven who went to college. She received her doctorate at Iowa State in 1975.
Ann Lee was teacher at four Clay County Elementary schools over the course of 35 years and a member of the Orange Park Historical Society. Lee said they were just trying to honor Hash for her volunteerism.
“She was an amazing lady, she had lots and lots of energy, she really loved children and taught them horticulture,” Lee said. “She was well-loved by the students. They would hug her legs constantly.”
Third grader Gabryelle Lee had science class with Dr. Hash and remembered her fondly.
“I remember her laugh – that was the thing that I liked. Her laugh was so funny,” Timpson said. “I feel that she was a very good teacher.”
Assistant Principal Ruth Casias considered Hash a mentor and worked closely with her. Casillas recalled how Hash worked at top-speed and had a hand in so many organizations.
“We all knew when we saw that Lincoln pulling up we knew to move out and say ‘Oh my here she comes.’ She’d zoom right on in. Nothing slowed her down,” Casias said.
“Aren’t we lucky, aren’t we blessed to have her as a part of our lives and to have experienced her?” Casias said.