Education Notes

EDUCATION NOTES

February 12, 2006

Carroll Springs plans parent-teacher event

Carroll Springs School will hold a Parents and Teachers Learning Together meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the school, 495 S. Center St., Westminster.

Tom Zirpoli, director of Target Inc., author, and parenting and behavior support counselor, will discuss parenting and discipline.

Refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m., with the presentation at 7 p.m.

Time will be allowed for chatting and networking.

Information: 410-751-3620.

Board set to adopt budget at meeting

The Board of Education will hold its final public presentation and adoption of the Carroll County public school system's operating budget for the 2006-2007 school year.

The hearing will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-751-3081.

Applications sought for scholarships

The Piney Run Recreation and Conservation Council will offer two $1,000 scholarships to students planning to attend college in the fall.

Information and applications are available at high school guidance offices and Piney Run Nature Center on Martz Road near Eldersburg.

The deadline for applications is March 31.

Information: 410-552-4500, ext. 72005.

Project emphasizes reading at young age

The Books for Babies Project, a community-based outreach program of the Carroll County Local Management Board, teaches parents that infants who have access to books and are exposed to reading at a young age have a better chance of acquiring the pre-reading and pre-writing skills they need for success in school.

In 2004, the Carroll County School Readiness Team distributed nearly 1,300 Books for Babies bags to the parents of newborns at Carroll Hospital Center. The bags contain early literacy information and a free touch-and-feel book, Night, Night Baby.

The hospital is committed to continuing this program for every baby born in its Family Birthplace.

Tax-deductible donations to Books for Babies are welcome.

Donations may be sent to the Carroll County Local Management Board, Attn.: Beverly Massicot, 10 Distillery Drive, Suite 101, Westminster 21157.

Writing contest winners announced

The Department of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs of Carroll County public schools partnered with the Office of Multicultural Services of McDaniel College and the Carroll County Branch of the NAACP to sponsor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. annual writing contest.

Grand prize winners were Emmy Bowersox, Friendship Valley Elementary; Nick Warns, West Middle; and Natalie Saragusa, Westminster High.

Winners received a cash award, certificate and commemorative T-shirt from the King Center in Atlanta.

Six students received an Honorable Mention Award: E.B. Camp, Megan Turlik and John Farley, Freedom Elementary; Elizabeth Welliver and Courtney Swinson, East Middle; and Kristina Gavin, Winters Mill High.

Sykesville youth will head to Capitol Hill

The inaugural year of the U.S. Model House of Representatives has been announced by the American Youth Scholarship Foundation.

The program will take one student from each congressional district to Capitol Hill April 17-21 for a simulation of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tybee Wall of Sykesville has been chosen from the Sixth Congressional District.

Web site offers career information

The Web site www.careervoyages.gov, put together by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education, has career links, career descriptions, education requirements, college searches and videos describing industries.

The Web site, which includes information on a variety of industries, is designed for students, parents, career changers and career advisers. Information: 410-751-3049.

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