Bel Air Elementary student Cael Sims receives student achievement award from Town Board

Bel Air Elementary School student Cael Sims is the latest recipient of a student achievement award from the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners.

Cael, who is in the fifth grade, received the honor during Monday night’s Town Board meeting, where he was lauded for his contributions to the school and the community.

“Cael can always be counted upon to lend a helping hand to those in need – he volunteers in the community and serves the school as a library helper,” reads in part the proclamation, presented by Mayor Susan Burdette, who called him the “heart and soul” of a Bel Air Elementary Bulldog. “Cael lives the school motto, ‘Believe, Achieve, Empower, Succeed,’ every day.”

Cael is a member of the percussion section of the school band and participates annually in its Patriot Program. The proclamation also states that “he understands the commitment of those who serve, as his father is in the military.”

He also is an avid runner, plays soccer and lacrosse, and is a Cub Scout.

Upcoming events

Haunts & History Tour of Bel Air is Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the Historical Society of Harford County, 143 N. Main St. The event includes a social hour and walking tour for $40, or $10 for the walking tour only, starting at 6:15 p.m. Journey back in time to enjoy the tales of Bel Air's most curious and mysterious history. For more information visit

A Bel Air Police Department Explorers basket bingo will be held Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m. at the Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main St. Tickets are $15. The Bel Air Lions Club will host the event, with proceeds going to the Explorers post. Doors open at 6 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m. There will be door prizes, specials and 50/50 raffles, plus food available for purchase. Purchase tickets online at

The Fall Fling Big Band Dance will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, 7-10 p.m. at the Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main St. Admission is free. Enjoy a fun evening of big band dancing to music by the Bel Air Community Band Jazz Ensemble. Free light refreshments will be available, and Halloween costumes are welcome, but not necessary. The dance is sponsored by the Town of Bel Air and the Harford County Cultural Arts Board.

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