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Alyana Whitfield sees litter and does something [North Laurel/Savage]

By Donna Thewes, donnathewes@yahoo.com 301-604-2958

4:35 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

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I wish everyone would see the world through children's eyes. I know it would be a much cleaner world if we all saw it like Alyana Whitfield.

Alyana, a first-grader at Gorman Crossing, noticed the trash along the road. She wanted to know why it was there and why it wasn’t picked up.

When her mom came to pick her up, she was still determined that the trash needed to be cleaned up. Mom got them gloves and bags and they cleaned up along the road. As the cars passed by, Alyana wondered why others weren’t helping.

Good question. Alyana. Can you imagine how much we could improve the health of the planet if we were all more like her?

Way to go, Alyana.

Graduation dates have been set for area high schools: Atholton High seniors will cross the stage May 30 at 8 a.m.; Hammond High seniors graduate May 29 at noon; and Reservoir High seniors take the stage May 27 at 4 p.m. All graduations are held at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Did you know we have a community swimming pool in our neighborhood? Its the Hammond Park Pool located right near Route 29 and Johns Hopkins Road. The pool is family friendly, open to the public, has swim lessons and a swim team and is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Right now, they are offering a special deal — a Get your Feet Wet Promotion where you can join for a year and see how much you enjoy it. It is just $495 for your entire family. Contact Jen Rowell at HammondPoolMembership@gmail.com.

The 50+ Center will host a meeting with Howard County Police Senior Citizen Liaison Andre Lingham on April 10 at 10 a.m.

How about going to see “Cinderella?” Reservoir High School drama department will present “Cinderella” on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5, and April 10 and 11, at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $9 for senior citizens and students. To purchase your tickets in advance, go to www.seatyourself.biz/reservoir.

The Reservoir High Tri-M Music Honor Society is collecting instruments, in any condition, to donate to Hungry for Music, an organization that repairs them and donates them to kids in need. Instruments can be dropped off till April 11. For information, contact Dr. Knauf at gknauf@hcpss.org, or 410-888-8850.

Girl Scout Troop 1508 is taking applications for their annual community yard sale on May 3. The yard sale will be at the North Laurel Community Center. Spaces are $15 and can be booked at NLaurelyardsale@gmail.com.

Hammond Elementary PTA will hold its annual yard sale on May 10, 8 a.m. to noon.

Registration forms are available on our website, http://www.hespta.org. For questions, contact Tami Schiavone at tami.schiavone@gmail.com.

Fulton Elementary will hold Jump Rope for Heart on April 25. The event raises money for the American Heart Association and helps promote activities to promote heart health.