Education Notes

Education Notes

January 12, 2003

Prepaid College Trust workshop set for Wednesday

Carroll County's public schools system will sponsor a presentation on the Maryland Prepaid College Trust program at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the Board of Education offices.

The Maryland Higher Education Investment Board has opened the enrollment period for the Maryland Prepaid College Trust through March 14. The trust is a legislatively guaranteed tax-free investment that allows investors to lock in at today's prices toward future college tuition for their children and grandchildren.

The workshop is free to parents and community representatives.

The board offices are at 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

Information: Barbara Guthrie, 410-751-3125.

Schools offer program on effective child-rearing

The Carroll County Public School System will present a program by Tom Zirpoli titled "Back to Basics: The Top 10 List for Effective Parenting."

Open to parents of children of all ages and the public, programs will be given as follows:

Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Westminster East Middle School, 121 Longwell Ave.

Jan. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Northwest Middle School, 99 Kings Drive, Taneytown.

A professor at McDaniel College, Zirpoli has a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia. He is the father of two children and also is the chief executive officer of Target, a program serving disabled citizens in the community.

School counselors from the school system are sponsoring the programs. Parents are invited to bring their children. Refreshments will be provided.

Information: 410-751-3125.

Early learning is focus of conference Jan. 25

Larry Faries, coordinator of security for Carroll County Public Schools, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual "Bright Starts: Birth to Kindergarten" conference from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan 25 at William Winchester Elementary School.

The conference, sponsored by the Carroll County Ready At Five Partnership, is free. Family-priced lunches will be available, and participants can come for all or part of the day and bring their children.

Known as Carroll County's "Kindergarten Cop," Faries will present "Safety from the Beginning" at 10 a.m. Activities throughout the day will center around children's early years.

Workshops will include information about the importance of language, reading, music and safety, as well as the role of parents and child-care providers.

To arrange for free child care, call Chris Sparr at 410-751-3230. Continued training credit has been approved for child-care provider participants.

Volunteer firemen offer scholarships for students

The Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association has established the Emergency Services Scholarship for students interested in pursuing careers in emergency services.

The scholarship will be awarded to one student in Emergency Health Services and one in Emergency Fire Services. Scholarships will range from $350 to $750.

Applicants must be related to a bona fide volunteer or career EMS/firefighter or have EMS/firefighter affiliation themselves at any fire company in Carroll County. Students must apply during their senior year of high school and must submit a curriculum that includes courses related to emergency health care or emergency fire services.

The deadline to submit applications is March 15.

For details on eligibility criteria and/or an application, write to the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association, Emergency Services Scholarship, 1345 Washington Road, Westminster 21157.

Retired teacher Seabolt listed in `Who's Who'

Westminster "cat" artist and recently retired public school teacher Carolyn Seabolt has been included in the seventh edition of Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

Seabolt's art focuses on cats in a variety of media. She taught for many years at Westminster High School before retiring in July.

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