Six-year-old Jerry Miguel was walking with his family in the Columbia Mall last Saturday when he looked down and found money -- $216 in cash, to be precise.
Not seeing anyone to claim it, he decided to turn it in to mall security, where it was claimed later that day.
This could have been the end of the story.
But when his Cub Scout pack, Pack 360, got wind of Tiger Cub Jerry's responsible act, they named him the Outstanding Scout of the Month. And when Deep Run Elementary School found out, he was named Outstanding Citizen at the monthly recognition assembly.
I'll add my thanks and congratulations to Jerry Miguel, who has demonstrated the value of honesty and responsibility more clearly than many adults. Jerry lives in Elkridge with parents Jerry and Joyce Miguel and siblings Christopher and Nicole.
So how is Howard High School doing with the newly implemented four-period day, during which students take four 90-minute courses each day, rather than the six shorter courses that other schools offer?
According to Linda Wise, guidance counselor at Howard High, it's going very well.
Last Friday, the students received their first report card. Because the first term ends Jan. 25, and the students will receive four reports for each term, their classroom performance will be evaluated more often than before.
Ms. Wise noted that 47 percent of the students have made the honor roll, a significantly greater percentage than last year. Student attendance also has improved, from 96 percent for September 1992 to 98 percent this September.
Eugene Streagle, Howard High's principal, soon will be circulating a random student-teacher survey to poll those most intimately involved with the project. The survey will gauge teacher and student satisfaction with the new schedule.
To help ninth-graders deal with the change, the Guidance Department's "Project Success" continues with a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20, with the presentation, "Adjusting to the Four-Period Day."
Howard High teachers will offer tips on succeeding in the 90-minute class period, organization skills, and time management.
If you are a ninth-grader's parent, help your young scholar by attending the meeting, after which there will be a question-and-answer period.
Call the school at 313-2867 for further information.
Some news from Mount Hebron High School: Thursday at 7 p.m. the Viking Backers will hold a fashion show to help fund extracurricular activities, such as school publications and sports.
Fashions will come from Talbots, Talbots Kids, Amanda Fielding, The Gap and Gap Kids.
Students, staff and their children will model the clothing. Some of the teacher models include Mark Cates and his daughter, Warren Michael and his son and daughter, Pat Crouse and daughters, Diane McAllister and her daughter, and Joan Barlow and Beth Miller Hannah.
Tickets cost $10. Call Janette Fine at 465-8641 for information.
Or you can purchase your ticket at the door.
On Oct. 19 at 8 a.m., parents can meet with Sylvia Pattillo, principal of Mount Hebron, to share a continental breakfast with the principal.
If you have not yet met Dr. Pattillo, would like to hear about future events, ask a question or share a concern, Dr. Pattillo will be on hand.
If you plan to attend the breakfast, please telephone the school with your response: (410) 313-2880.
Ellicott City resident Barbara Seig, of the Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites, announces a one-day workshop on the protection and preservation of historic graveyards. The workshop is sponsored by the coalition in conjunction with Peerless Rockville, Rockville's historic preservation group.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Rockville's Red Brick Courthouse at 29 Courthouse Square.
The workshop, funded by a grant from the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, includes topics such as research and photo-documentation, fund-raising and the use of volunteers, laws governing cemeteries, archaeology, stone repair, historic plants and designs for burial grounds.
A registration fee of $8 will cover lunch and breaks.
A statewide turnout is anticipated, and space is limited. For further information, call Barbara Seig at 465-6721.
When Howard County police officer Lee Hajek retired from the force, she wanted to do something to help working couples with children, because she spent years in the role.
She knew that she couldn't help by going to the kids' soccer games, or being the audience at a ballet recital.
But she could help them with their grocery shopping. So, in July, she started a new business that she calls Grocery Getters.
Ms. Hajek will shop at the store of her customers' choice. The service can be temporary, to serve in a crisis, or can be a permanent situation.
She is not employed by any grocery store.
Here's how it works: a customer calls the office between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon, and gives the order over the phone.
Ms. Hajek puts the order into her computer and prints it out to take to the store. She leaves the office about noon to fill the phone orders, then, before the end of the day, she delivers the groceries to each customer, leaving the printout to use as a guide for the next order.
Charges vary according to the size of the order -- orders up to $75 cost $9.95, for example, and she offers a $5 introductory discount. Senior citizens get a regular 10 percent discount. On Tuesdays and Fridays, she specializes in small orders. On those days, with the senior discount, a $50 order costs $6.75.
Call Ms. Hajek at 489-153 to discuss her service, and to order up some grub!
For college-bound juniors and seniors and their parents: Don't forget to attend the Howard County College Fair, held at Atholton High School on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Representatives from many area colleges will be on hand to discuss academic majors, student activities and dorm life.
What bibliophile doesn't love a good used book shop? Ellicott City now sports its own used book shop, Ellicott Books, located in Bethany Center on Route 40.
I spoke to assistant manager Deb Friedline, who told me that manager Clifford Pankin spends many of his days locating and buying the books stocked on the shelves.
While Ellicott Books aims to be a general book shop, Deb says, there is a good collection of paperback fiction, history, cookbooks, and children's books.
In addition, there are used coins, and new and used baseball cards.
Paperback fiction is priced at one-half of cover. For hardback and nonfiction, each book is priced individually. The bookstore, owned by Irv and Ethel Pankin, is open from noon m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.