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.