Courtesy photoGina Hutchinson, owner and coach of the Red Star Twirlers, paid Nutfield Cooperative School a visit recently, part of the school’s September Mystery Guest Reader Program. In addition to reading stories, Hutchinson showed children some of her baton skills and taught them how to twirl.

Nutfield Cooperative honors 50

DERRY — Nutfield Cooperative will be honoring 50 years in the community with a special Mystery Reader program every month.

The school, located at First Parish Church in East Derry, will welcome readers from the community to come in every month for stories and special activities. Recently, Gina Hutchinson coach and founder of the Red Star Twirlers, made an appearance, teaching baton skills to the children and reading stories.

Pinkerton hosts annual walk

DERRY — On Oct. 20, Pinkerton Academy’s Future Business Leaders of America and Health Occupation Students of America will host the annual Breast Cancer Walk. The walk will take place at the Pinkerton track and begins at 10 a.m. The walk will help raise money in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Rachel Felder, a member of the Pinkerton Class of 2020, said she participates in the walk every year to help support those needing help.

“I love participating in the Breast Cancer Walk because it stands for such a great cause,” she said. “It helps raise awareness for breast cancer and how it affects so many. It’s a great way to bring the community together and focus on what matters: helping others.”

The walk is open to the public and all are encouraged to come, walk, and donate.

Schools can start a robotics team

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Education is seeking applications from schools looking to join the New Hampshire Robotics Education Development Program. Two-year grants totaling $1.5 million will be available for school robotics teams, and can be used for the purchase of robotics kits, stipends for coaches and competition expenses, including transportation.

The purpose of the program is to motivate public school students, including those attending traditional and charter schools, to pursue educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, while building critical life and work-related skills. Grants from the robotics education fund established in RSA 188-E:24 shall be available to any eligible public school, traditional or charter, for the purpose of financing the establishment of a robotics team and its participation in competitive events.

“Robotics is a great way to engage students in math and science, giving them hands-on experience and life-long memories,” said Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut. “New Hampshire has been a leader in robotics education, and this program will help bring that opportunity to more students.”

To be eligible, students must attend public, traditional or charter schools; the school must develop a two-year, itemized budget for the robotics program; the school must establish a partnership with, or have a valid letter of commitment from, at least one sponsor, such as a business entity or institution of higher education; and the school must participate in at least one competitive event each year. Grants will support robotics teams for the next two years.

Email completed application to Melissa White, Science/STEM Education Consultant/Bureau of Student Support, New Hampshire Department of Education. A link to application can be found at

Application deadline is Nov. 15. Call for more information at 603-271-3855.  

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