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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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.

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