Garofalo named official assistant leader

DERRY — Austin Garofalo has been officially named assistant superintendent for the Derry Cooperative School District.

Superintendent MaryAnn Connors-Krikorian made the announcement at a School Board meeting May 8. Garofalo has served as interim assistant leader for the past year. He was formerly principal at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School.

"Austin has been a super member of the team as we continue to work and grow together," Connors-Krikorian said.

Garofalo thanked the board and sent a big thank-you out to the district's teachers, administrators and staff who supported him.

"I hope they will be pleased I accepted this position," Garofalo said. "I am looking forward to it."

Barka announces Students of the Week

DERRY — Ernest P. Barka Elementary School announces its Students of the Week for the period ending May 4.

The following students were honored:

Grade one, Alexander Binette, Caleb Clark, Desmond Duserick, Ryan Gebala, Amran Ibboraheam, Connor Smith; Grade two, Elijah Szalay; Grade three, Keanu Harvey, Bryanna Kwasniak, Josh Lopez, Eva Morgan, Chinemeze Obiora, Jayce Robinson, Peter Sakash, Braydon Thebodo; Grade four, Alexia Balentine, Robert Clabaugh, Michael Elijah, Danny Hersom, Lisa Lasman; Grade five, Gage Clabaugh, Jordan Douglas, Ethan Frizzell, Jamison Isaac, Vanessa Turmenne.

High school hosts 'No Bounds'

LONDONDERRY — Londonderry High School hosts "No Bounds," an LGBTQ/healthy relationship seminar on Friday, May 25, 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 221. The program is the senior project of Abigail Whitcomb and features guest speakers including Eli Kuti, the outreach coordinator at the Equality Health Center in Concord, and Karen Lacharite, a mental health counselor from the New Hampshire Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Several youth will speak and offer knowledge and insight about having successful relationships with family, friends, themselves and more. Email for information to

Girls on the Run hosts celebration

CONCORD — Girls on the Run New Hampshire will host its end-of-season fall 5K celebration on Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. at Memorial Field in Concord. This spring’s event will include a record number of participants with 1,600 girls and 400 coaches representing 117 teams from across the state of New Hampshire. The New Hampshire community is invited to run, walk or volunteer for the event.

The 5K is a noncompetitive event that concludes the 10-week program, with all participants either walking or running the 3.1-mile course.

Girls on the Run is a physical-activity based, positive youth development program that prepares third-to-eighth-grade girls for a 5K event along with helping them develop key life skills. The program takes place in all 50 states and has inspired over a million girls to recognize their limitless potential in the past 21 years.

Volunteer coach-led teams meet twice a week throughout the season and participate in lessons that prepare the girls for a 5K event, foster the girls’ confidence, help them build connections with their peers and encourage meaningful contribution to their community through a service project.

Girls on the Run hosts the largest 5K series in the United States by number of events with 359 events across the country last year. Join in the fun and pre-register at — Prices do go up on Race Day on June 2! The cost for day-of registration is $30. Ages 8 and under are $15. All alumni of the program are $20.

Proceeds go toward the financial aid fund. For more information about the event, how to register and volunteer opportunities, visit For a list of participating New Hampshire teams visit


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