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CAMPAIGN FOR COURTESY ON THE ROAD SHELDON e-note week of 11-01-07 featuring the geeky but lovable mascot and spokes-car...Sheldon URTHE who controls the ride... Where’s Sheldon: week 1 winners Words of wisdom from…Cary Li??? Breathing and other no-brainers www.courtesyontheroad.com www.courtesyontheroad.com www.courtesyontheroad.com www.courtesyontheroad.com InsIde: RANKINGS Homecoming, Baseball, 1 4 While we wait for the early returns to roll in, let’s look @ who’s who in this year’s First 1/4 field...in alphabetical order, Philosophy Lite 101, NOT in order of rank. Courtesy of sheldon These are the high schools: OK, so this is about being who you are. simple enough, you say? not so fast my friend. The first quarter of your school year draws to a close. Most high schools have just Howard County in cream enjoyed the annual Homecoming weekend. Baseball season is totally and completely Eastern Shore in green over, courtesy of the sawx (boo). And what does this have to do with me, sheldon, or Courtesy on the Road? IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII Atholton Well, it’s about assessing. Life is full of opportunities, benchmarks for figuring out Centennial* where you are and how you’re doing. Glenelg ** Let’s start with baseball. You’re up to bat. You stand there at the plate with your 38 oz. Hammond Alphonso soriano special, coiled and ready to hit. The ball comes your way, you make Howard contact and dash off from home plate determined to reach first base. Made it! There you Kent County are on first, your average inches up a percentage point or two. But first isn’t your goal. Kent Island Your real goal is to get back to where you began…back around to home plate. Long Reach Homecoming? each fall we decorate the field to play the big football game on our home field and cheer our beloved high school (you know, that same place we couldn’t Marriots Ridge wait to get out of last spring?) But it’s homecoming; students and alums return every Mt Hebron year to watch the big game. We score the first touchdown as time expires in the first Oakland Mills quarter. But the score after the first quarter doesn’t mean a thing. It’ll take four full quarters Queen Anne’s County of slogging around in the mud to bring victory to our beloved high school. Reservoir This week also marks the end of the First Quarter where you find out how you’re River Hill doing and what you need to change in order to get where you want to be when the year Wilde Lake is finished. Four bases, four quarters of a homecoming football game, four academic quarters in a school year. Think of graduation as making it back around to home plate. OK, so besides bending a metaphor till it screams in pain, what is sheldon trying to * 2007 winner say? It’s only the first quarter. You’re only on first base. The school year has barely begun. ** 2006 winner You are all neW drivers, whether you just have your learner’s permits or have been driving since way back in sophomore year. This is the first quarter of your life: time to decide what the next quarter will be. decisions on the field, in school, and even more so, Still waiting for Marriotts behind the wheel can make a huge difference in the outcome of a game, a school year, or Ridge and Wilde Lake to in life. Have a safe, smart and courteous next quarter! And, of course, go team! turn in their sign-up forms. Hopefully by next week we’ll have something to tell Where’s Last courteous drivers incorrectly identifiedHOWARd HIGH. you week sheldon was the parking lot at as stalking all you about the rankings! Sheldon? Foong correctly identified Fisch, Kimberly Libby + Chelsea B Howard High students Liz sheldon’s whereabouts...netting COU E A Meanwhile, get all ur friends R DRIVTEOUS Week their school 3 points (one point for each student from the ER! featured high school). In addition, Marina Metzler from to sign up at www.courte- #2 Hammond, also earned her school 2 points (2 points for syontheroad.com and help every correct answer from a rival school!!!!) SHELD ...cont’d ON boost ur school’s rankings! so that’s how it works! now... “Where’s sheldon” this week??? Breathing@theWheel Remember, every student from this week’s There’s nothing more basic than breathing, right? Inhale, two school who sends the correct answer earns three four...exhale two three 1 point for the school; and any student from four. Ah, I am feeling oh so AnOTHeR school who send in the correct relaxed already. answer gets two points! e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and But sometimes driving situa- tell us where sheldon is on week #2. tions cause those breaths to be short: Inhaletwo, exhaletwo, Be sure to include your name and the name inhale/exhale, inhale/exhale!!!! of your school and we’ll announce how everyone did in next week’s e-note. And According to last spring’s Auto- Week #2 every winner is also eligible for the monthly vantage Road Rage survey, Where’s sheldon prize drawing, too!!! So you think you’ll never win, huh? The most frequent cause of road rage cited in the survey was im- patient motorists…poor driving in fast lanes and driving while stressed, frustrated or angry. every year students put the magnet on their cars believing it is probably not going to net them AnYTHInG. such was the case with River Hill High school winner from last “The best piece of advice is week, Cary Li. each time we “catch” a weekly winner, sheldon sends the student a to take a deep BreATH. slow congratulatory e-mail and asks for feedback about Courtesy on the Road. down, be aware and be careful,” AutoVantage spokesman Todd This is what Cary Li wrote back: smith said. so CHILL + BReATHe behind the wheel. You’ll save Sheldon: What was your first impression of the program when you first learned about lives...and your sanity! it? Has your opinion changed in any way during the school year? http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles/_a/miami- tops-road-rage-and-rudeness-list/20070515070309 Cary: I thought it was cheesy and a waste of time at first. 990001?ncid=nWs00010000000001 But my opinion has since changed after I found a coupon slipped into my car for having a magnet, and then winning the [$100 gas] gift card. now I recommend it to all my friends. Sunday is Safety Day NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!!!! on the Eastern Shore *Calling everyone on the east OK, so now I have been called cheesy, (actually I have been called worse but never side of the Bay Bridge: you’re mind.) All in a good cause. The point is that maybe you, too, think putting a magnet invited to join fellow courteous on your car is, uh...cheesy. But finding a coupon for free chicken nuggets under your drivers this sunday, november windshield wiper during a parking lot sweep (next month is parking lot sweep time, 4th is safety day @ Kent Island ladies and gentlemen!!!) might help get you over the geek (or cheesy) factor. And elks Lodge, Rt. 8, six miles south winning $100 of free gas at your local station is certainly a no-brainer. of Rt. 50, stevensville, Md, 12:00 so...once again (cheesy cars tend be redundant) find that magnet and put it on the noon until 4:00 pm. back of your car and be a courteous driver like Cary and chances are you might just get Come and enjoy the fun and caught (or rewarded with a free pass to the Columbia Association or free coffee or free prizes (yes, we said PRIZes). chicken nuggets.) WAY TO GO CARY! ...sincerely, your cheesy friend, Sheldon :) special feature: Courtesy on the Road Tractor Trailer display. MORE N MORE N MORE N MORE POINTS FOR YOUR SCHOOL: Come meet our winners from Congrats to last week’s Traf-FAQ Winner, Farrah Khan from Howard Hs who correctly Kent and Queen Anne’s counties identified how to be sure your tires are HAPPY TIRes—more points for Howard High! and what they have won for placing “sheldon” magnets on ONe LAST BIT O’ BUSINeSS: If your license plate number is 371M858 or GET•755 you their cars. mighta coulda woulda shoulda been a winner! now go to www.courtesyontheroad.com and click the Y tab, punch in your license plate number + be eligible to win!!! Howard County SHELDON SightTING WINNER NOVEMBER 1, 2007 Traf-FAQs A Traf-FAQ is a little-known Stefanie Frost traffic-related factoid. Here’s how Hammond High School this goes: the first student to e-mail 12th grade us with the correct answer, avail- Winner of a $100 gas card to Owen Brown Sunoco! able on our web site, will win 8-pc Congratulations, Stefanie...you can fill ‘er up...on Sheldon chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A and you have won 5 more points for Hammond, too! and each student who answers earns a point for their school. This Week’s Traf-FAQ EASTERN SHORE SHELDON SighTING Between 1995 and 2004, crashes WINNER NOVEMBER 1, 2007 involving 15- to 17- year-old drivers claimed the lives of 30,917 people! Were the major- Lindsay McAndrew ity of the fatalities the drivers themselves or passengers, Queen Anne’s County High School 11th grade pedestrains, or other drivers? A $220 prize package of merchandise and coupons http://www.aaapublicaffairs.com/Main/ (and 5 points for your high school!) default.asp?CategoryId=14 await the next driver “caught” bering safe, smart and courteous! Sign up online today, put Sheldon on your car, and tune in next week. now take a minute and go to An d check out the prizes and the cool folks who donated them www.courtesyontheroad.com, on our web site at www.courtesyontheroad.com click on the “T” tab and e-mail the correct answer to email@example.com. Also: First e-mailers eat...on sheldon! uh-huh Earn points for ur school by making Sheldon your myspace friend. Traf-FAQs is Go to www.myspace.com/courtesyontheroad sponsored by mmm nah What’s a road-blog? Find out when it comes to a computer near you. Student reps rock! Wanna be one? Earn points and prizes 4u. eat mor chikn drive mor courteous Looking for adults to help with COR at your local high school. uh-uh Courtesy on the Road, Inc. is a non-profit till then, putt putt putt (getting cold!) + vroooooom! Sheldon the cheesy little car guy (501c3) organization. All of your donations are tax-deductible. 8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite P63 Columbia, MD 21045 info@courtesyontheroad www.courtesyontheroad.com Courtesy on the Road is a proud partner of: Please help support this program by going to www.courtesyontheroad.com and click on the For more partners, sponsors and donors, go to www.courtesyontheroad.com & click the “C” tab. “make donation” tab. AdULTs: sign up to be “Friends of sheldon” and help spot winners. Also, we need parent volunteers to help with sign-ups at local schools. sign up on the website!!!