Back-to-school is good time to join the PTA

What a week: two potentially catastrophic natural phenomena in just one week. Hopefully everyone survived the earthquake and the hurricane without much damage. A drive around the neighborhood showed some tree branches down and lots of electricity out but little else.

On Brock Bridge Road at Whiskey Bottom, there was an inconvenience due to a tree down across the road and one of the large trees at the entrance to Maryland City Park split in half and came down, but for the most part, we were a very lucky neighborhood.

With the start of school last week, people tried to get back into their usual routine. Please make sure to watch for riders waiting for the bus and our younger students walking to school.

Also, remember to support our students as they begin their studies this year. Joining our local Parent Teacher Associations provides a great way to support the students and stay informed; and the best part is that you can join even if you don't have a child in the school. The PTA provides excellent parenting resources through national-level website classes, and the local schools provide needed input and guidance within the school community. Joining the PTA does not obligate you to volunteer; it just shows you care and want to be a part of what is going on in the community.

The PTAs at both Maryland City Elementary and Brock Bridge Elementary provide support through programs such as the Boxtops 4 Education. Boxtops that are part of the program are each worth 10 cents, and the schools collect them to obtain additional funds for use in the school. Ask yourself, would you just throw a dime in the trash?

After a very short period of time the boxtops add up. Last year, Brock Bridge Elementary raised almost $2,000 through this program. Collected boxtops can be dropped off in the schools' front offices.

All area schools also need volunteers for various jobs, such as making copies and collating papers for teachers, helping with arts and crafts in the classroom, shelving books in the library, tutoring students in reading and math or just being a guest reader. Contact your favorite school to see how you may be able to help.

The Maryland City Mustang soccer program still has a few spots available for the U-9 boys and girls travel teams, U-11 and U-12 boys travel teams, and the U-14 and U-18 girls travel teams. Registration for the in-house and U-8 teams is also still being accepted. Go to the soccer website to download a registration form, or call 301-725-7711 for more information.

Travel teams begin games the weekend of Sept. 9-10. The inhouse and U-8 teams will receive an email regarding Meet the Coaches Night after Labor Day weekend. Register now to guarantee a spot.

Finally, I'm glad our neighborhood is safe. Enjoy the impending fall weather and outdoor activities. Please let me know of any upcoming activities or exceptional neighbors so we can all enjoy and celebrate our community.

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