To a strong first day of early voting in Cecil County on Thursday. Twenty-five voters were waiting in line when early voting began at the County Administration Building, and they may be joined by a number of newly registered voters this year due to new election laws. Registration will be allowed during the early voting period at the county building for the first time this year, and felons on parole or probation will also be allowed to cast ballots in the election due to recently approved state legislation. We hope that all Cecil County residents who are a registered member of a political party take the time to examine their choices and make their voices heard this year. Local races are of an utmost importance for Republicans, as they will pick the next two county council members at the polls during this primary. Without a Democratic or third-party opponent, the GOP winners for county council will be the only choices on the November ballot, ensuring their election to council. Both seats will be elected at-large, as districts only play a role in ensuring equal representation on the council from all areas of the council. Please get out and vote, whether early or on April 26.
To the news that Cherry Hill Middle School’s sixth-grade class set a school record for good behavior days this school year and that administrators rewarded their achievement. Stacy Rahnama, CHMS assistant principal, told the Whig that the school’s students earned 100 “peace day marbles” by March this year, a first during her five-year tenure at the school. To earn a marble, the entire grade must have no office referrals for the day. As a reward for the achievement, the sixth-grade class attended a Wilmington Blue Rocks game in Delaware on Wednesday. Students learn best when their classrooms are free of distractions, and students spending more time in class and less time in the principal’s office can only be a good thing. Congrats go to Cherry Hill Middle’s staff, and we hope to hear that next year’s class breaks the record again.
To the opening of the county’s first Makerspace, an area filled with high-tech equipment that represents a cross between the do-it-yourself movement and technology, at the Rudy Park Community Building in Elkton. The center, a partnership between the Elkton Housing Authority and Cecil County 4-H, boasts 3-D printers, a Lego climbing wall, a MaKey MaKey program, KEVA planks, Osmo gaming programs and at least three kinds of robots. While the Makerspace will primarily serve kids from the Rudy Park and Windsor Village communities, the 4-H Robotics Club will also be based there, and more groups will be trained to utilize the free space, officials said. The idea behind the center is to foster a sense of wonderment and inspection in kids, getting them to tinker with mechanics and explore the roots of engineering. As the children grow up, they be encouraged to consider STEM education paths and career pursuits. Kudos to all involved in this project to provide resources to our next generation of scientists and engineers.