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Head Start plans picnic Friday for celebration

Catholic Charities Head Start of Carroll County is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Head Start Program and the fifth anniversary of the county program.

As part of the celebration, there will be a picnic from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Westminster City Park for the program's families, staff, volunteers and community partners.

The county commissioners will issue a proclamation Friday recognizing the anniversaries.

Created in 1965, Head Start is the national school readiness program in the United States that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.

Its mission is to provide a learning experience for 3- and 4-year-olds who qualify, based on income or need.

Information: 410-871-2450.

Community college offers kids' programs

Carroll Community College has openings for its Summer!Kids@Carroll program for next month and August.

Kids for Peace, a summer program that teaches appreciation of world cultures, also has space available.

Open programs next month include: Spanish, French, sign language, publishing, mosaic design, Civil War adventures, A Series of Unfortunate Events, mask-making, circus sculpture, fairy tale puppets and digital scrapbooks.

Costs range from $85 per half-day week, to $225 per full-day week per class.

Brochures are available at public library branches and at the college, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

Information: 410-386-8100, or register online at

Piney Ridge school newspaper wins award

Piney Ridge Elementary School's student publication, The Dalmatian Spotlight, recently won a national award at the elementary school level in the 2005 Student Publishing Awards.

The awards are presented by the Association of Educational Publishers, TIME magazine, and TIME for Kids to recognize excellence in student-written and student-produced publishing.

The Dalmatian Spotlight is published by a newspaper club of 35 fourth- and fifth-grade pupils coordinated by PTA parents. All club members write an article, and other pupils can submit reviews, jokes and puzzles.

National winners receive an on-site workshop from an editor or art director from TIME or TIME for Kids for a day, plus $2,000 and educational materials for the school.

Biology teacher wins educator award

Judy Plaskowitz, a Westminster High School teacher, has received the 2005 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the Maryland Association of Biology Teachers.

Plaskowitz, who teaches several levels of biology, plans hands-on activities using many computer tools to ensure students are engaged, active learners.

She is also an active leader in curriculum development for Carroll County.

GED teacher wins employee award

James Young, a Carroll Adult Learning Connection teacher for the Carroll County Detention Center, has been selected as the Correctional Employee of the Year.

Young was nominated and selected by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office for his efforts in teaching multi-level adult education classes to prepare adults for GED tests.

Young, a teacher for two men's classes and two women's classes, is employed by the public schools and works with the Carroll Adult Learning Connection.

Young has taught GED classes at the detention center since 1989.

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