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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To Calvert El­e­men­tary School for find­ing a creative way to re­pur­pose its court­yard. With the help of the Water­shed Ste­wards Academy and the Ce­cil County De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, Calvert trans­formed the plain, con­crete court­yard into an out­door class­room, com­plete with sev­eral fea­tures that also aid the school’s stormwa­ter man­age­ment. “I re­ally wanted to try and use that as an out­door in­struc­tional space, but we couldn’t be­cause it was so hot and so bar­ren and there were no seats,” said Elsie Har­ri­gan, Calvert El­e­men­tary School prin­ci­pal. “So it’s been re­ally nice to see the Calvert com­mu­nity come to­gether to make this hap­pen. We still have a long way to go with it but I think just in the last cou­ple months, it’s re­ally grown.” On Satur­day, the school will show off the new space as part of its an­nual Fall Fest, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school. Calvert will be sell­ing plants to ben­e­fit the court­yard im­prove­ments and stu­dents will also get a chance to leave their hand­prints on the rain bar­rels. We look for­ward to see­ing how the out­door class­room ben­e­fits stu­dents in the years to come.

To news that voter reg­is­tra­tion in Ce­cil County is up more than 10 per­cent over the last gen­eral elec­tion. Voter reg­is­tra­tion fig­ures as of Sept. 1 show a to­tal of 70,901 reg­is­tered vot­ers in Ce­cil County, an in­crease from the 64,234 reg­is­tered vot­ers in the 2014 gen­eral elec­tion. “I ex­pect a big­ger turnout at the polls this year be­cause it’s a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion year,” Ce­cil County Elec­tion Di­rec­tor Deb­bie Tow­ery said last week. While vot­ing is al­ways im­por­tant, this year’s elec­tion is par­tic­u­larly cru­cial — both on a lo­cal level, where the county will elect a new county ex­ec­u­tive, and on the na­tional level, where Amer­i­cans have a stark choice be­tween pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates. We en­cour­age all Ce­cil Coun­tians not only to vote, but to take time to ed­u­cate them­selves on the can­di­dates and their stances.

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