School graduations foster community pride

Howard County Times

I am reflecting on the last few weeks and am feeling an incredible sense of pride.

I watched my son and his friends graduate from Reservoir High School and know several graduates from our community’s schools.

I am so thankful for all of the people that have helped to shape the lives of these young adults.

So if you are a friend, neighbor, teacher, teammate or coach, please know that we are grateful for you.

If you are a recent high school or college graduate cherish your memories and be proud of your hard work.

Look toward a bright future knowing you are a part of a community that is proud of you, recognizes your accomplishments and wishes you well in all of your endeavors.

While some young adults are celebrating their achievements, others are already looking towards the fall.

If you are interested in playing a fall sport, you will want to attend the Fall Athletics Orientation Night at Reservoir High School on June 7, at 7 p.m.

Pizza and a meet-and-greet will start the evening, followed by breakout sessions where fall coaches will tell you about upcoming summer expectations for student athletes in regards to summer leagues, conditioning, camp information, news about tryouts and required paperwork.

A summer internship is available for high school students who enjoy writing and hope to pursue a career in journalism. Janine Kucik, the media specialist at Reservoir High School, has information about the internship that involves writing stories for a local magazine.

Email her at for more information or to express interest.

The last day of school in Howard County is June 19, but meals will be offered for students throughout the summer from Monday, June 25 through Friday, Aug. 17.

Laurel Woods Elementary School is the location in North Laurel where parents can bring their children, 18 and under, between 12:30 and 2 p.m. for a healthy meal free of charge. All meals will be served on a first-come, first-served basis and must be eaten on site. No portion of the meal may be taken out of the meal serving area and adults may not eat any portion of a child’s meal. For more information, contact the HCPSS Food and Nutrition Services at 410-313-6736.

Many of us who live in North Laurel and Savage work or enjoy spending time in Ellicott City and have been overcome by the recent flooding there when it seemed that rebuilding from the storm of two years ago was just about complete. If you feel compelled to help go to which was set up by the Ellicott City Partnership.

The organization works with agencies to advocate and fundraise with the intention of restoring the historic town and its community.

The Howard County Library System is holding a bookmark contest open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The 2018 contest runs through July 14 and winning bookmarks will be printed and distributed, used in library-related materials and will be posted on the library website.

Entry forms and details are available at hclibrary.organd at all Howard County Library System branches.

Other happenings at the Savage Branch of the Howard County Library, include book talks and gardening discussions. On Wednesday, June 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., you can join the discussion about the mystery book “Pretty Girls,” by Karin Slaughter.

Mystery book discussions typically occur the second Wednesday of the month, but keep in mind that no meeting is scheduled for July and August. Nonfiction books are the focus for book discussions the third Wednesday of the month.

On Wednesday, June 20, the book “Boxers and Saints,” by Gene Luen Yang will be the discussion focus. “Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body,” by Roxane Gay will be discussed on July 18. A discussion of Rinker Buck’s book, “The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey,” is scheduled for August 15. No registration is required for book discussions.

You are invited to ask a gardener questions about your garden and get useful planting tips and practical advice during the program titled “Ask a Gardener” planned for Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Another gardening course will be offered at the Savage Branch titled “Living Architecture: The Green Roof.”

Master Gardener Barbara Schmeckpeper will be there on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m., to discuss the benefits, structure, design, plant selection and maintenance of a green roof. Plants on your roof act as insulation and provide both environmental and personal benefits and after the presentation you may decide to have one for your own home. Registration is required and can be completed online at or by calling 410-313-0760.

Students who attend schools in North Laurel and Savage are invited to Howard County Night at the West Laurel Pool at 7203 Brooklyn Bridge Road. On Tuesday, June 19, students and families are invited to spend the afternoon and evening at this beautiful pool surrounded by a huge deck, which makes you feel like you’re on vacation every time you are there. Pool hours will be 3 to 8 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be grilled and sold from 5 to 7 p.m. so plan to stay for dinner. To learn more about the swim club and consider becoming a member, go to What a great way to celebrate the end of the school year and get the summer started off just right.

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