---- — 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.
“This will be a great service to our families,” she said, “and will help provide more opportunities in the home.”
Still going green
Derry school business admnistrator Jane Simard said the district wants to continue going green.
Simard said the district is in talks with waste management company Kinsella to continue efforts to increase recycling and green procedures in Derrry’s schools.
That includes more recycling.
“We’re probably not doing as much as we could,” Simard said. “We want to jump up our green efforts.”
By recycling more that could mean smaller Dumpsters for the schools and a cost savings, too.
“It’s a win/win for the district,” Simard said. “We get to have all the kids involved (in recycling), a learning component as well.”
Kids really care
Kids Club members at Grinnell Elementary School in Derry recently collected more than 200 items to support the food pantry at the First Baptist Church. With 57 students in the club, the work continues to help those in need.
“The children learned about how the pantry services the families in our community,” Grinnell Kids Club organizer Kyle Sachs said in an email.
Students walked all their collected food down to the food pantry on Crystal Avenue and helped stock the shelves.
The school has delivered food for more than 15 years, Sachs said.
The Kids Club also made holiday cards to send to troops serving overseas and received a certificate of appreciate from MooreMart, an area organization that coordinates donations for the nation’s military.