Education Notes

Education Notes

March 30, 2003

Literacy Council fund-raiser set for Saturday

The Literacy Council of Carroll County will hold its annual fund-raiser, "Prom Night at the Mall," from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at TownMall of Westminster.

The event will include a buffet dinner and cash bar, dancing to the music of Gene Vincent and the Cadillac Cruisers and disc jockey Ron Riley.

Cars from the 1950s and 1960s, a silent auction, a magic show with Roger Lindsay, large-screen TV for the Final Four basketball competition and memorabilia from several decades will be featured.

Period dress, such as poodle skirts from the 1950s or brightly colored tuxedos from the 1970s, is encouraged. Black tie is optional.

Tickets are $50, available at the customer service center in the mall, the Community Foundation of Carroll County, all library branches and the Literacy Council. Participants must be at least age 21 to attend.

Information: 410-876-5505.

Special education workshop set for April 23

The Carroll County Public Schools Partners for Success Center will hold an "Understanding Special Education" workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 at Carroll Community College, Room 157.

The free workshop gives an overview of special education. Participants will discuss the laws and processes, as well as parental involvement and advocacy of special education.

Activities and skills are provided to help parents participate in the educational planning for their children. A workbook is provided.

Registration is required by April 14. Individuals requiring auxiliary aids and services for communication should call 410-751-3020 by the deadline.

The college cafeteria is available for lunch or participants can take their own.

Information: 410-751-3955.

Orientation on options for high school diploma

Prospective students age 16 and older who want to learn about high school diploma options and other programs, and have their math and reading skills evaluated, can attend a free First Steps orientation.

Introductory programs will be held:

From 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (Unemployment Office), 125 Airport Drive, Suite 20, Westminster.

From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 7 at Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection, 1135 Business Parkway South, Suite 30, Westminster.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 16 at Northeast Social Action Program, 1046 S. Carroll St., Hampstead.

From 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at Business and Employment Resource Center, 224 N. Center St., Westminster.

First Steps is part of Student Support Services and Carroll Adult Learning Connection. Information: 410-751-3680.

Basket raffle to benefit American Cancer Society

The Lifeliners, a Relay for Life team from the public school system, is holding a Longaberger basket raffle during next month.

Each ticket will have 26 chances to win a Longaberger basket. Tickets are $5 each, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Information: Wendy Holthause, 410-876-1289.

Westminster High student wins Goethe-Institut prize

William Landon, a freshman at Westminster High School, recently won an expenses-paid trip to Germany this summer to take part in the Goethe-Institut InterNationes Young Learners' Course.

He was one of seven first-place winners from the United States and Canada of the institute's Award of Excellence. Activities during the summer program include language classes and German social studies, and cultural and leisure programs.

The Goethe-Institut InterNationes is a German organization founded in 1951 to promote the German language and culture. The award of excellence is offered annually with a different theme; this year's theme is "German Soccer: A Blast of Special Moments."

Interested students were required to watch a video about soccer and complete a quiz based on the film. Quizzes were graded and sent to the institute.

Westminster High was selected as a first-place winner, with 12 high-scoring students who competed further by writing an essay on why they were interested in German language and culture, and how they could promote German.

A Westminster High teachers' committee chose William for the prize trip based on his essay, grade point average and ability to adapt to foreign travel.

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