Windham Academy to host fundraiser

WINDHAM — Windham Academy Public Charter School hosts a summer fundraiser on Saturday, July 20, 2 to 6 p.m. at Club 14 in Windham. Tickets are $15 per child or $25 per adult and include entry to the club, appetizers, and two hours of unlimited virtual reality golf and games. Half of all of ticket sales from the fundraiser will directly benefit Windham Academy.

New Hampshire public charter schools like Windham Academy typically receive less than half the funding of traditional public schools. As a result, Windham Academy relies on fundraisers, donations and volunteers to supplement funding the educations of its students. Funds from the summer fundraiser will help the school as it continues construction of its new building on campus at 1 Industrial Drive in Windham. For more information and tickets to Windham Academy’s summer fundraiser, visit tournament seeks players, sponsors

Girls on the Run seeks sites for fall season

Girls on the Run of New Hampshire is currently accepting new sites for the fall 2019 season. The site registration deadline is July 26. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that teaches key life skills to girls in 3rd through 8th grade through dynamic discussions and fun games that creatively integrate running.

Inspire girls in your area to be joyful, healthy and confident by bringing Girls on the Run to your local school or community facility. Each site must have a minimum of two volunteer coaches, a safe space for physical activity, and be able to provide an outdoor meeting location.

At each site, volunteer coaches lead teams of 8-15 girls through research-based curricula that include lessons on confidence, treating others with care and contributing to the community. During the 10-week program, girls complete a community service project and become physically and emotionally prepared to participate in a celebratory 5k event.

To learn more about starting a new Girls on the Run site, visit or contact Betsy Cissel at

Golf tournament seeks players, sponsors

DERRY — The Gilbert H. Hood and West Running Brook middle schools' Parent Teacher Student associations are seeking players and sponsors for the third annual golf tournament fundraiser, set for Friday, Aug. 9, at Overlook Golf Club in Hollis. The tournament begins at 8:30 a.m.  Proceeds raised from this annual tournament will be used to purchase supplemental technology, equipment, and enrichment programming to enhance teacher instruction and improve student learning.

The golf tournament fee includes greens fees with cart, barbeque lunch and registration gifts. Golfers can sign up as individuals or foursomes. Betley Chevrolet in Derry is sponsoring a Hole-In-One contest for a chance to win a car. For player or sponsorship information, call 432-1224.

Pinkerton Academy names executive officers, trustees

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy, the largest high school in the state and one of the largest independent academies in the nation, announced the recent election of executive officers and trustees for the 2019-2020 school year. The following trustees will serve in executive officer positions:  Dr. William A. Nevious, president; Mark A. Wright, first vice president; Bonnie Eckerman, second vice president; Kimberly Smith, secretary; Adam Mead (non-trustee), treasurer; Mark Lalibert, assistant treasurer.

The following individuals will also continue to serve on the Board of Trustees for the 2019-2020 school year: E. Wayne Bolen, Harry E. Burnham Jr., Timothy Butterfield, Scott Copeland, Thomas Hong, Edwin Karjala, Brenda Keith, Joanne McHugh, William Newcomb, and Sandra Truebe.

Pinkerton Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees of up to 18 members who serve without pay. By contract, each sending town is represented on the board by a minimum of one trustee. Pinkerton serves as the high school of record for the communities of Auburn, Candia, Chester, Derry, Hampstead, and Hooksett. 

Student attends Girls State

DERRY — Sofia Limperis, a Pinkerton Academy student, was selected by the American Legion Auxiliary, Lester W. Chase, Unit #9 in Derry, to attend ALA Granite Girls State. The event, joining students from communities all over New Hampshire, was held June 23-29 at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. ALA Granite Girls State is a mythical state patterned after the state of New Hampshire and follows state government procedure as closely as possible. The program is for high school girls that have completed their junior year and sponsored by the American Legion. Students learn all about how government works, elect their own officials and learn duties, functions, and powers of the various public offices.

Chester student takes service trip

CHESTER — Mara Brooks of Chester was among students participating in a Saint Michael’s College service trip offerings for spring 2019.  Funded and organized by the Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts (MOVE) office, a branch of Saint Michael’s Edmundite Campus Ministry, service trips provide students the opportunity to see life outside what is known and what is comfortable, to sit with others, to actively work beside another, to learn, to witness, and to participate.

Brooks was part of a South Dakota trip, and students spent time serving inhabitants of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation through an outreach program called Simply Smiles. Working with the Simply Smiles staff, Saint Michael’s students and staff provided a week-long, fun-filled, and educational summer camp to children on the reservation. Saint Michael’s is located in Vermont. 

State backpack drive underway

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Education launched its fourth annual backpack drive to make it easier for Granite State students to go back to school in the fall. The department is asking people to donate new backpacks for students of all ages from now through Aug. 16. Drop off the new backpacks at the Department of Education, 101 Pleasant Street in Concord. The backpacks will be given to school nurses across the state, who will distribute them to students in need.

“Sending kids back to school can be a big out-of-pocket expense for New Hampshire families,” said Diana Fenton, who has organized the backpack drive for the department for the past four years. “This is a great way for us to help ensure that New Hampshire students are ready to learn when they go back to school.”

In its first year, the backpack drive collected 170 backpacks. Last year, that grew to more than 500. For more information, contact Diana Fenton at 603-271-3189 or

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