Carroll County crime-fighting programs honored


Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. honored 13 programs in Carroll County yesterday for their effectiveness in helping at-risk youngsters and battling juvenile crime.

During a visit to Westminster, Curran also named two other Carroll programs as finalists in his "Spotlight on Prevention," a statewide tour to recognize crime prevention programs.

Seven Carroll County public school programs were recognized. Some aim at helping parents become their children's first teachers or helping high school dropouts earn equivalency diplomas.

City and law enforcement agency efforts also were honored during a news conference at the Longwell Municipal Center.

Curran said his goal is to enlist the community and businesses in support of crime prevention programs, such as Carroll's At-Risk Kindergarten Program, an award-winner that was canceled because of budget constraints.

The program provided home visits, family literacy programs, in-school help and a summer program for four families in northwest Carroll County, said Barbara Walker, principal at Runnymede Elementary School.

Curran said the loss of the program showed the need for community and business contributions.

"It just makes good sense to put our money in prevention programs, not when [children] get in the juvenile justice system," he said.

The Summer Learning Camps, won an endorsement from Bobby Jording, a William Winchester Elementary pupil. From snacks to learning, "I like everything," he said.

Pub Date: 5/14/98

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