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THE BALTIMORE SUN

County PTA council holds board meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow

The Carroll County Council of PTAs will hold an executive board meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Board of Education offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The council's meeting March 1 will include nominations for 2004-2005 officers and presentations on "Info-share and Best Practices" and "Barriers to Volunteering."

Information: 410-549-6959.

Community college slates Transfer Fair this week

Carroll Community College will hold its annual Transfer Fair on Wednesday in the Great Hall at the 1601 Washington Road campus.

Representatives from 26 colleges will be at the college from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. or for both sessions. More of the colleges will be represented in the morning.

The Transfer Fair gives students and the community a chance to find out about colleges and universities and their offerings, as well as how to transfer credits from Carroll to another institution.

Participating colleges will include Baltimore International College, Bridgewater College, Capitol College, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Elizabethtown College, Gettysburg College, Holistic Massage Training Institute, Hood College, Mount St. Mary's College (Accelerated Professional Studies Program), Mount St. Mary's College, Potomac College, Salisbury University, Shepherd College, Shippensburg University.

Others are Towson University; the University of Baltimore; the University of Maryland; the University of Maryland at Baltimore (School of Medicine); the University of Maryland at Baltimore (School of Nursing); the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland University College; University of Phoenix Online; University System of Maryland (ARTSYS); Villa Julie College; Washington Bible College; and Wilson College.

Information: 410-386-8100.

School board to meet with county commissioners

The Carroll County Board of Education will hold a business meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices in Westminster.

The board will meet with the county commissioners at 1 p.m., then hold a regular board meeting at 2 p.m., and then meet with high schools principals in a work session at 3 p.m.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at www.carr.org/ccps.

Meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia cable TV. They will be shown again at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and the next Thursday, and at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The board offices are at 125 N. Court St.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Instructional assistants to be recognized this week

Carroll County public schools will observe Instructional Assistants Day on Wednesday to recognize more than 300 instructional assistants who help educate county students.

Instructional assistants provide support to teachers by helping students understand more difficult concepts, freeing the teacher to provide more one-on-one instruction.

They help supervise students and make the classroom more friendly and inviting for children.

As part of the instructional team, the assistants also help coordinate parent volunteers and aid them in becoming more involved in student lessons.

Read Across America event set at TownMall

Carroll County education organizations and local businesses are co-sponsoring the third annual "Read Across America" event to honor the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss on Saturday at TownMall of Westminster.

The day will kick off with a hot breakfast at 10 a.m. for at least the first 100 children who attend. Until 2 p.m., other activities will include puppet shows, a visit from the Orioles Bird, former Orioles player Dave Johnson signing autographs, entertainment by local high school students and costumed storybook characters.

Dwight Dingle from WTTR-AM radio will broadcast live at the event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Dignitaries and guests will read to children. Readers include New Windsor Mayor Sam Pierce, Mount Airy Mayor Jim Holt and Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff. Elmer Wolfe Elementary pupils will perform literary skits. A book swap, face painting, balloons and crafts also will be featured.

Children must be accompanied by an adult to all activities.

Information: Carroll County Education Association, 410-848- 0983.

GED test scheduled for March 11 and 13

Carroll County public schools offer General Educational Development tests monthly to those 16 and older who wish to earn their high school diploma.

The two-day GED test consists of five sections: math, science, social studies, literature and the arts, and writing skills.

To take the test, individuals must be 16 or older, have been a state resident for at least 90 days, have been withdrawn from school for at least 90 days and pay a test fee.

The next test will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 11 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Information: 410-751-3680.

Parents, kids can attend Even Start program

Parents and children in the William Winchester, Cranberry Station and Westminster elementary school districts are invited to attend the Even Start Family Literacy Program, housed at William Winchester Elementary.

This free service provides adult education classes for parents in need of their GED, early childhood education for children up to 7 years, parent education and Parent-and-Child-Together (PACT) Time.

Classes are held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Parent workshops are held one evening a week; days and times vary.

Information: Laurie Beard, 410-751-3232.

McDaniel College names Colbert to services post

Mary Jo Colbert has been appointed to the newly created position of director of conference and auxiliary services at McDaniel College.

Colbert has served as director of conference services at the college for 15 years. In her new role, she will oversee food services, the bookstore, golf course operations, rental properties, card and vending operations, and conference services.

She was catering director of the Best Western, formerly Westminster Comfort Inn, and has worked in food service operations at other colleges.

Colbert has a degree in business management from Erskine College and a master's of science in administration from McDaniel. She is pursuing a degree in library science at the college.

The college's former director of facilities management and auxiliary services, Barry Bosley, left McDaniel at the beginning of the academic year to take a position at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

Urbana High student wins American Legion contest

The American Legion posts of Carroll County recently held their annual High School Oratorical Contest for students who had won their local post competition.

Mary Sarah Kneebone of Urbana High School in Frederick County, who was representing Mount Airy American Legion Post 191, was awarded the first prize of $300 for her oration, "The Constitution - American's Greatest Treasure."

She competed yesterday in the district contest in Woodsboro. The state contest will be held March 7 in Annapolis.

Other county winners are Emily Pritts of Westminster High School, second place; Britney Lescalleet of Francis Scott Key High, third place; and Christopher Pesto of Liberty High, fourth.

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