Friends donate in honor of their co-worker’s son

The greatest gift parents who have lost a child can receive is having their child remembered. Linda Scerbinski celebrated her retirement from the ConVal School District last June, with her co-workers at Delrossi’s Trattoria. Her friends honored Linda’s wishes and instead of numerous gifts, they donated to a scholarship in memory of her son, Erek, who died in a car accident on Sept. 18, 2006, at the age of 26.

Linda was employed as an occupational therapist with the ConVal Special Education Department for 17 years.

After graduating from Columbia University, her first position as an occupational therapist was at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. However, she and her husband wanted to leave the city and moved to New Hampshire in the fall of 1974, where she worked at the hospital in Keene, establishing pediatric OT services. She then went on to consult and help establish OT services in places such as Cedarcrest Home for Children, the Winston Prouty Center in Brattleboro, Vt. and the Fitchburg, Mass. school system. For many years, she also worked with Rise for Baby and Families, and the Monadnock School District before coming to ConVal.

Since 2007, four scholarships in Erek’s memory have been awarded to ConVal graduates, who have worked to overcome a challenge in their life or the lives of others.

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