Early Education accepting students

LONDONDERRY — Londonderry's Early Education Program is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. If your child turns 3 by Sept. 1 and is a Londonderry resident, you can enroll in the early education, LEEP, program at Moose Hill School. The program is a developmentally appropriate preschool with certified educators, provided by the Londonderry School District. Programs. Programs are available for 3-year-olds and pre-kindergarten students. For information call 603-437-5855 or email to kkelly@londonderry.org.

Pinkerton student get surprise visit

DERRY —Pinkerton Academy freshman Rachel Keisling knew her older brother John was coming home, but she had no idea she would see him that day.

“I had no idea,” she said. “This was such a surprise. It took me a second to realize it was him.”

Air Force First Lieutenant John Keisling surprised his sister during class on May 24. He has been stationed overseas at Al Dhafra Base in the United Arab Emirates for approximately seven months. A graduate of the Pinkerton Academy class of 2012, Keisling returned to campus to surprise Rachel in her ROTC class. He was joined by his wife, Kate (Sheridan) Keisling, a graduate of the class of 2013.

A student commanding officer had the JROTC cadets run formation drills and called for "about face." While the students had their backs turned, John stepped into the room, taking the command position. He called "about face" turning them back around before calling "at ease." It was then that Rachel realized who the officer was.

Rachel credits her brother’s service in the Air Force and his involvement in the JROTC program with her interest in joining the military.

Summer enrichment available

LONDONDERRY — The Londonderry School District offers a summer schedule of enrichment classes including Break the Code, Camp Kindergarten, STEM: Creating Kinetic Contraptions, and Ropes Course.  Information on summer enrichment classes is available at Leach Library, the town offices, and school district offices. Programs begin July 8.

Upper Room gets senior support

DERRY — A Bedford High School senior gathered more than 2,000 diapers to support the Teen Information for Parenting Success, or TIPS, program at the Upper Room in Derry.

Jordan Starace made the donation her senior project.

Janis Lilly, TIPS program coordinator, said the diaper donation was greatly appreciated and needed.

"Lack of diapers is often cited as one of the top stressors for families," Lilly said. "Jordan hopes that her donation will help families stress less and connect more. We can’t thank her enough."

Brenda Guggisberg, Upper Room executive director, said Jordan's support exemplifies the spirit and positive impact volunteerism has on the larger community.

“The Bedford community has supported our agency over the past two decades through acts of service such as this, and the young families we support are grateful for this level of support, as it allows them to focus on completing high school, and provides them with a resource they need as a parent," she said. 

The TIPS rogram offers young parents support and education through a weekly support group that meets Wednesdays, 5 to 7 p.m. and open to all new or expecting parents ages 13 to 23,. This free program encourages young parents to finish high school, and to engage in post high school activities that will help parents be self sufficient. To learn more about TIPS, call 603-437-8477.

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