Education Notes


Keys baseball team to launch ninth year of reading program

The Frederick Keys, a Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, in partnership with Carroll County public schools, will launch its ninth year of the Keys for Reading program in Carroll County at 2 p.m. Friday at Taneytown Elementary School.

More than 15,000 pupils from 25 county elementary and middle schools are expected to participate in the 2005 Keys for Reading program.

Carrolltowne Elementary School will host the official Keys for Reading Kickoff appearance, which will include an educational pep rally by Keyote, the baseball team's mascot, at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Participants receive an official Keys for Reading bookmark. Children are required to read four books and have their parent or guardian sign the bookmark to complete the program.

All pupils who complete the program will receive a ticket for the Keys game April 22 against the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick. The team will honor pupils in a pre-game parade on the field.

Faculty and staff at each participating school will also receive a game ticket when they show their identification at the stadium.

Information: 410-751-3468.

Mount Airy Middle PTSO to hold yard sale, auction

The Mount Airy Middle School PTSO will hold an indoor yard sale and silent auction from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria to benefit a pupil who has leukemia.

Seventh-grader Erik Lerch needs of a bone marrow transplant and the cost of a search for a donor is not covered by insurance.

The PTSO also is accepting gas cards and cash donations for the family. Information on becoming a donor will be available at the sale.

Food and a bake sale also will be offered during the event.

A list of auction items is available at www.eriklerchbenefit. org.

Information: 301-829-1940.

3 McDaniel courses focus on language teachers

McDaniel College is offering three courses this spring for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and non-TESOL instructors and administrators.

Participants will gain practical skills and improve their theoretical knowledge. Classes meet face to face seven times, with the remainder of the work done online.

All courses meet state of Maryland TESOL requirements and may be included in the master's curriculum and instruction program at McDaniel.

The cost is $750 per three-credit course.

Information: 410-386-4646 or e-mail

Chamber accepting names for its teacher awards

The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 17th annual Outstanding Teacher Awards through Feb. 28.

The Outstanding Teacher Awards recognize the men and women of the Carroll County public school system who represent excellence in the teaching profession.

Students, parents, fellow teachers and the community are encouraged to submit nominations. Eight finalists will be recognized, from which the Carroll County Teacher of the Year will be selected.

A link to the nomination forms is on the home page of the Carroll County Public School System's Web site at www.

Information: 410-751-3124.

Intellitech president joins CCC's board of trustees

Barbara H. Biller, president of Intellitech Inc. in Westminster, was sworn in recently as a member of the Carroll Community College board of trustees.

Larry Shipley, Carroll County clerk of the court, performed the swearing-in ceremony at the college.

Biller joins six other members of the board, which is appointed by the governor.

The board's primary function is to establish the policies governing the college and ensure the institution fulfills its mission and goals.

Biller owns the engineering design services firm with her husband, Andy Biller. She also is active in the community in business-related organizations as well as in volunteer activities.

Biller fills a vacancy on the board that was created with the death of trustee Betty Dotson.

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