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November 8, 2012

EDUCATION BRIEFS

Pinkerton senior takes CTE honors

The Derry Village Rotary Club has named Pinkerton Academy senior Samantha Bresnahan of Chester as its top Career and Technical Education student of the month.

The Rotary club selects a monthly award winner from among a list of nominees enrolled in Pinkerton’s Career and Technical program.

Samantha has a 100 percent grade point average and participates in Pinkerton’s DECA student marketing association. She plans to pursue a career in marketing focusing on social media to help in the business world.

Playground incident monitored

After a Grinnell Elementary School students reported a stranger in the area of the school, the school district sent home a letter to families explaining the procedures followed.

Superintendent Laura Nelson said the incident was not a threat to the school and police were notified.

“The school followed up with due diligence,” she said.

School officials were set to meet with police to discuss the incident and aftermath.

“We’ll go over procedures that were used and what we learned from it,” Nelson said.

Schools to partner with Comcast

Derry Superintendent Laura Nelson told school board officials the district will partner with Comcast for a program, “Internet Essentials” to help families get up to speed on computers and technology.

The program makes technology available to families currently receiving free or reduced lunches during school. They are able to buy a computer for $150 and Comcast will then offer high-speed Internet service for $9.99 a month.

Training is also included for families who take part in the program.

“They come in and supply training for Mom and Dad on how to set parental controls, etc.” Nelson said. “I hope that we’re able to increase students’ access to computing at home.”

Nelson said the program will help families with keeping up-to-date technology alive at home. She said information will be distributed to homes from the school district and also through Pinkerton Academy.

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