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Fiscal 2008 budget is topic of meeting

The Carroll County Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Room 007 of the board offices, 125 N. Court St., Westminster.

The superintendent's proposed fiscal year 2008 budget will be presented.

The regular meeting agenda will be posted on the school system's Web site at

Meetings will be broadcast live on CETV, Channel 21 on Adelphia/Comcast cable TV, and repeated at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and the following Thursday, and at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Information: 410-751-3020.

Essays on King due by Jan. 16

The Office of Multicultural Services of McDaniel College, Department of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs of Carroll County public schools, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Westminster Chapter, will sponsor the annual the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Writing Contest.

This year's theme is "Honoring Dr. King by Continuing the Legacy of Leadership: New Voices, New Visions."

All essays are due to the Office of Multicultural Services of McDaniel College by Jan. 16.

Winners will be notified Jan. 24 and be honored at a ceremony Jan. 29 with cash prizes and gift bags.

Information: Patricia Levroney, 410-386-1680.

Funds awarded for family forums

The board of directors of the Community Foundation of Carroll County Inc. has awarded the Carroll County Public School System's Department of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs $850 to conduct Regional Minority Family Forums in the spring.

The spring forums will be held March 21 and 28 and April 11, 21 and 28.

The Department of Minority Achievement and Intervention Programs and the Department of Student Services created the forum.

The purpose of the forums is to provide families with helpful tips that will guide their children to be successful in Carroll County Public Schools.

Information: 410-386-1680 or 410-751-3125.

CCC students finish therapist program

Carroll Community College recently held a ceremony for 16 physical therapist assistant students who completed the program this fall.

The graduating students were: Megan Barrow, Lindsay Batson, Tanya Crosco, Kimberly Cushing, Tammy Glendenning, Ahmad Hawkins, Jacquelynne Kram, Holly Moan, Kajal Rathod, Danielle Ridgeway, Joshua Smith, Meagan Tracey, Kirby White, Laura Winters, Stephen Young and Boris Yurganov.

The ceremony included special awards for outstanding students and faculty. Student awards went to Holly Moan, Academic Excellence Award; and Ahmad Hawkins, Clinical Excellence Award. Carole Fisher received the Clinical Instructor of the Year Award. Fisher, who supervises physical therapist assistant students in their clinical rotations, works at Lorien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mount Airy.

Schools earn character honors

Taneytown Elementary and South Carroll High schools have been selected as Character Education Schools of the Year for 2005-2006 by the Maryland Center for Character Education.

Taneytown Elementary's award was based on the numerous service projects the school conducts, including tsunami/disaster relief, food drives, a mitten tree, Valentine cards for senior citizens, care packages to U.S. soldiers, and Project Linus blankets.

South Carroll High developed activities to empower students. Some activities included: an discussions on bullying and harassment; student participation in activities and projects in commemoration of Veterans Day; a Unity Day assembly planned by students that featured six multicultural presentations, distribution of "ONE" T-shirts to students and staff, and signing of the Birmingham Pledge to recognize the dignity and worth of all.

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