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At least three Carroll nonprofits are keeping a close eye on their food and monetary donations the next few weeks as they participate in the 17th annual Feinstein Hunger Challenge $1 million giveaway, which began March 1 and continues until April 30. North East Social Action Program, Carroll County Food Sunday and Westminster United Methodist Church all participated in previous years and are doing so again this year. The Feinstein Foundation asks nonprofit agencies across the country to send in the records of the donations they receive, in both food and money, from the beginning of March to the end of April. The foundation then divides $1 million among the almost 2,000 participating soup kitchens, food pantries, ministries and anti-hunger agencies based upon their donation totals.

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Ground was broken on the $4.7 million public safety training center for Carroll's emergency responders earlier this week, and the project is expected to be completed in a year. The new facility will have classrooms, large meeting rooms and technology that will help law enforcement, emergency responders and volunteer firefighters get the training they need to serve the people of Carroll County and perform their duties safely. The project includes several construction elements, including a new classroom building on top of the existing 30-year-old "bunker building," a large apparatus building to house specialty emergency equipment and an auditorium.

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Artwork of elementary, middle and high school students in Carroll County will be exhibited in March as part of the observance of Youth Art Month. The annual campaign to promote art education is sponsored nationally by the Council for Art Education. Part of the celebration is to display the work of students at multiple venues. Elementary and middle school artwork is on display at Carroll Arts Center in Westminster and the work of high school students is on exhibit at Carroll Community College in Westminster.

At the Arts Center, the work of younger students from the southern region of the county is on display through Wednesday; afterward, art teachers from local private schools will put up their students' pieces for a March 11 exhibition.
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Carroll Community College business and marketing students partnered with SERRV International in New Windsor for a semester-long service project in which students not only volunteer, but also hear a talk from a SERRV representative and choose fair trade items from the SERRV catalog for a consignment sale in May. Students who are members of the college's Leaders, Investors and Entrepreneurs Academic Community are also participating in the project. Volunteering gives the students a real-world experience, according to assistant professor Nancy Kimble, coordinator of business and accounting. It shows students all that goes into delivering goods to the customer.

They often figure out they must be open to new modes of completing tasks to improve results.

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