Education Notes

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Carroll students honored tomorrow for essays on King

Carroll County public school students will be recognized for their essays honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Rice Museum at McDaniel College.

The essay contest was sponsored by McDaniel College, the Department of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs of Carroll County Public Schools, and the Carroll County chapter of the NAACP.

The three grand-prize winners are: Ben Ambrose, Freedom Elementary School; Taylor Colvin, Mount Airy Middle School; and Renee Gulino, Westminster High School.

The following students received honorable mention: Chelsi Grant, Mount Airy Elementary School; Brittany Rude, Winfield Elementary School; Maria Mazujian and Jillian Blizzard, Shiloh Middle School; Samantha Stair, Mount Airy Middle School; Darren Sheppard, Westminster High School; and Megan Hoke, Liberty High School.

Each grand-prize winner will receive a cash award, gift bag and certificate. Honorable-mention winners will receive a gift bag and certificate.

Information: 410-751-3610.

Public meetings focus on next year's school budget

The Carroll County school board will hold public meetings to present and take comments on the public school system's operating budget for the 2005-2006 school year.

Meetings will be held as follows:

Thursday at 7 p.m.: Presentation of the superintendent's proposed budget at Oklahoma Road Middle School, 6300 Oklahoma Road, Eldersburg.

Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.: Presentation and adoption of the Board of Education's proposed budget at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Individuals needing auxiliary aids and services for communication should contact the Office of Community and Media Relations at 410-751-3020, TTY 410-751-3034.

Information: 410-751-3081.

Television show promotes Academic Challenge

The leaders of the 2005 Carroll Academic Challenge, sponsored by Carroll Community College in conjunction with Carroll County Public Schools, recently taped a television show to educate the public about the program.

The Carroll Academic Challenge, to be held March 12, is an opportunity for student teams from area high schools to answer questions from a variety of disciplines and compete for a grand championship.

The show was taped at the Community Media Center and will air on a rotating schedule on Channels 18 and 19 weekly before the event.

Guthrie, Little recognized for work helping students

Barbara Guthrie, supervisor of guidance, and Cyndy Little, director of student services for Carroll County Public Schools, have received the 2005 Red, White and Blue Heroes Award.

They were recognized for their outstanding work on behalf of Carroll County students and their collaboration with the Carroll County Child Abuse Sexual Assault (CASA) Unit and the Department of Social Services to protect students.

The mission of the CASA Unit is to protect children from physical and sexual abuse, investigate adult sexual assaults, and track, monitor and register sex offenders within Carroll County. CASA has sponsored the "Red, White and Blue Heroes" ball the past two years.

Guthrie supervises approximately 90 guidance counselors and provides daily consultation on student issues, including child abuse, suicide and self-injury. She also provides annual training on child abuse issues to new teachers and supervisors in the system.

She is the contact for multidisciplinary team referrals for the school system and works closely with the Department of Social Services in meeting the needs of children.

Little's leadership has helped to provide the CASA Unit with access and cooperation in the schools when investigations of child abuse allegations are needed.

When situations occur on school grounds, investigators are offered assistance on the case to bring it to a speedy conclusion and protect the school community.

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