This is the week to sense your importance. Your votes count, your funds are needed and your participation is welcome.

Students in grades 4 and 5 participating in this year's Rube Goldberg STEM Challenge must use simple machines to put toothpaste on a toothbrush. You are invited to go to the Howard County Library system website May 2-11 to view and learn more about the Rube Goldberg Challenge.

Then, vote. Voting ends May 11. The team with the most votes wins the Community Favorite Award and will be recognized at the HCLS Rube Goldberg Challenge Awards Ceremony on May 13. Vote today.

The Whipps Garden Cemetery is Ellicott City's only public garden-park run entirely by volunteers and they will hold an annual fundraiser plant sale May 9 and 10 at First Lutheran Church on the corner of Chatham and Frederick roads.

The sale fetures many native perrenials of unusual and hard-to-find varieties. Special features include certified day lilies, native plants talk by Anne Roy and attracting butterflies talk by Betty Walke. Free compost bins will be available on Saturday.

Student groups, families and individual volunteers are invited to help maintain Whipps Garden Cemetery each Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon, March through October, weather permitting. For information, call 410-274-7795.

The DolFun Fair at Dayton Oaks Elementary is May 10 from noon until 4 p.m. There will be a DJ, moon bounce, rock wall, balloon twister, games and more. An interesting feature is an auction of "experiences" for children offered by the school staff.

Congratulations to River Hill junior Patrick Mikulis on being elected 2014-15 student member on the Board of Education. Patrick represents the students' voices on issues that come before the board. He has the rights and responsibilities of a board member, but with statutory restrictions on voting and other matters. It's good experience for the frustrations of life. Just keep doing the best you can, Patrick.

The Atholton High School Athletic Boosters, Letterman Club and Student Government Association are jointly sponsoring their annual 5K Walk/Run — Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma — on Saturday, May 17, at the school. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk/run at 10 a.m. Your awareness and funds for the Scleroderma Foundation are important.

For information or to register, go to http://www.atholtonboosters.org/athletics/boosters/events/scleroderma-foundation-walk-run.

Tatyana McFadden added another victory to her tally of marathon wins in the wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon. She was defending her title from last year and following up on her win a week earlier in the London marathon. To make the day even more perfect, the Boston marathon win came on Tatyana's 25th birthday.

Happy birthday, Tatyana and congratulations on your marathon wins. Everyone is thankful for the spirit of this year's Boston Marathon in a safe and festive atmosphere. Keep moving forward.