Wild Zappers to perform at deaf awareness event Western...

EDUCATION NOTES

March 10, 2002

Wild Zappers to perform at deaf awareness event

Western Maryland College will launch its second annual celebration of Deaf Awareness Week at 7 p.m. tomorrow with a concert in Alumni Hall featuring the Wild Zappers, a deaf performance group from Washington.

The Wild Zappers is an all-male dance troupe that has performed throughout the country and the world. Admission is $1.

Other activities include:

"It's a Deaf, Deaf World" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Gold Room A, Decker College Center. In this simulation game, hearing persons can immerse themselves in a nonhearing town; a "cop" will deduct points for any sound made while visiting.

A speaker/panel discussion about deaf culture at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Forum at Decker College Center.

WMC has the nation's largest graduate program in teacher training for deaf education. David Martin, who manages the college's American Sign Language laboratory and is adviser for Sounds of Silence, a campus deaf advocacy group, is coordinating the events.

Martin became deaf at age 3 after a near-fatal bout of meningitis.

Through the activities, the student-run group hopes to increase awareness for hearing persons who have limited experience with the deaf community.

Information: David Martin, 410-857- 2506, or TTY, 410-857- 2527.

Board of Education to meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at www.carr.org/ccps.

The meeting will be broadcast live on CETV, Adelphia cable television Channel 21. It will be rebroadcast at 8 p.m. Thursday and March 17 and 21; and at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Workshops about fostering children's success offered

Carroll County Human Services Program's Partners in Child Care will sponsor two workshops for the community.

The first workshop, "What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Succeed," will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road. Parents may join an interactive discussion to help children build on their assets. The cost is $6. Child care will be available for $2 a child for ages 3 to 12 years.

The second workshop, "What Our Community Can Do to Help Kids Succeed," will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Best Western Catering and Conference Center, WMC Drive, Westminster.

Participants will discuss relating to young people in the community and in school. The cost is $10.

Family consultant and prevention educator Cynthia Sosnowski and certified continuing education and professional development trainer Derrick W. McQueen will present both workshops.

The cost of registration includes a copy of the book What Kids Need to Succeed by Peter L. Benson et al.

Registration is required. Information: 410-751-2769 or 410-876- 0462.

Prekindergarten program is accepting applications

The Extended Elementary Education Program is accepting application information for the 2002-2003 school year.

To be eligible, a child must be 4 years old on or before Dec. 31 and must live in a Title 1 school attendance area.

EEEP is a grant-funded prekindergarten program located in Title 1 schools in Carroll County. The program is free.

The program provides activities to help children succeed in school. Pupils attend classes 2 1/2 hours daily, five days a week.

Enrollment is limited, and children will be assessed by a language/literacy screening in June. Health and nutrition information will be collected through parent questionnaires.

Information: 410-751-3353.

Unused snow days result in revised school calendar

The Carroll County Board of Education recently approved changes to the 2001-2002 school calendar because no snow days were used through March 1.

Schools will be closed on the following days, depending upon the number of unused days:

One day not used: May 28.

Two days not used: May 28, April 26.

Three days not used: May 28, April 26, June 7.

Four days not used: May 28, April 26, June 7, April 19.

Information: 410-751-3020.

McDonald's is accepting scholarship applications

The McDonald's Family of Greater Baltimore is accepting scholarship applications for the annual Ray A. Kroc Youth Achievement Scholarship Award.

Baltimore-area McDonald's restaurants, including those in Carroll County, will award $1,000 scholarships and a Ray A. Kroc medallion to 30 college-bound high school seniors who exemplify the principles of McDonald's founder Ray A. Kroc.

Students will be evaluated on their community involvement, leadership ability, academic achievement and sportsmanship. Each applicant must submit an essay and a letter of recommendation from a principal, teacher or guidance counselor.

Applications are available through school guidance offices. The deadline for applying is March 22.

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