The Pinkerton Academy community said goodbye to longtime coach and faculty member Ralph Van Nostrand. The popular coach and counselor, known to most as “Coach Van,” died in January and was honored by his school for his more than 30 years with a special memorial service in a packed Stockbridge Theatre.
In the months after Van Nostrand’s death, Pinkerton students and staff continued efforts to support Van Nostrand’s family and other causes in his name.
Athletes helped with lawn work and other chores at the Van Nostrand home and also played in memorial sporting events to help.
Donations also came in to support a memorial scholarship in the coach’s name and planted a tree in the school’s memorial garden.
Van Nostrand was inducted into Pinkerton’s Hall of Fame in September.
For an eighth-grader, this young woman has done a lot.
Caitlyn Cyr, a student at West Running Brook Middle School, earned the honor of being named the top student volunteer by the state’s PTA. She spends time every week working with first-graders at Derry Village Elementary School and was nominated for the award by Derry Village teacher Linda Rosinski.
For Caitlyn, coming to the school to help the younger students gives her a chance to learn about teaching, something she may want to do later in life.
Roskinski said Caitlyn helps out with reading and other special projects and the students love it when she comes. The day has even been named “Caitlyn Day” when it’s time for her arrival each week.
He’s “Mr. Music” to those who know and love him in Londonderry, leading the successful Londonderry High School Lancers marching band for years and bringing a sense of musical community and commitment to the town.