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Donna Christopher

Contributing Writer dchristopher@dailyvoice.com
Donna Christopher covers schools and lifestyles in New York and Connecticut for Daily Voice Plus. Before starting at Daily Voice, she served as a reporter for the New Canaan Advertiser (2017-2019), first for HAN Network and then for Hearst Media. She worked as a content curator at Daily Voice from 2015-2017, and as a reporter at VerdictSearch from 2013-2015; and was a staff writer at Hearst Media for The News-Times (2004-2013).

Donna has won four Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists awards. Donna has a B.A. in political science from Western Connecticut State University, and an A.A. in liberal arts from Norwalk Community College.

You can find more information about Donna in her MuckRack portfolio.

Donna Christopher's Contributions

  1. Youth Bureau Picks Up Slack For City's Working Parents

    Youth Bureau Picks Up Slack For City's Working Parents

    What are parents to do when the school day ends before they can leave their jobs? White Plains has a plan for that: The White Plains Youth Bureau (WPYB) and city's schools now work in tandem to keep children after school while parents are at work."White Plains saw the need to develop after-school programming and teen centers nearly 50 years ago,” said Frank Williams, Jr., executive ...

  2. School Steps Up Vaping Prevention As New Dangers Surface

    School Steps Up Vaping Prevention As New Dangers Surface

    They come in sweet and sugary fruit flavors, cinnamon, vanilla, mango—even chocolate. Vaping flavors seem hard to resist for anyone with a sweet tooth, and teenagers are no exception.E-cigarettes and other vaping devices are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid into an inhalable vapor, which typically contains nicotine (though not always), flavorings and other ...

  3. Around Fairfield Schools: Fake News In Ridgefield, Greenwich Dedication, Student Wins

    Around Fairfield Schools: Fake News In Ridgefield, Greenwich Dedication, Student Wins

    Students recently were alerted to decades-old fake news images thanks to the keen eye of a media specialist at a Ridgefield school. Scotts Ridge Middle School seventh-graders were learning about energy transfer in ecosystems, in their science class when it happened.The widespread burning of the Amazon rainforest was the "phenomenon that we used to kick off this unit," ...

  4. 'Family Friendly' After-School Care Eliminates Need For Longer School Day In White Plains

    'Family Friendly' After-School Care Eliminates Need For Longer School Day In White Plains

    Would a 10-hour school day fly in Westchester? Unlikely. A robust menu of after-school programs already exists across the county's cities, towns and villages -- either at the schools or sponsored by non-profit organizations and municipalities.Daily Voice Plus examined its impact on the White Plains School District, -- the fifth largest in the county serving more than 7,000 students in ...

  5. Take Walk Through Opioid Crisis In Courageous Parenting 101

    Take Walk Through Opioid Crisis In Courageous Parenting 101

    To date, 31 groups of adults in Connecticut have taken the time to complete a two-hour drug prevention program to keep their children safe from drugs.The program is the Courage to Speak Foundation's Courageous Parenting 101 - "Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond" and will be offered here online for busy parents starting in December. The next live Courage to Speak Courageous ...

  6. Rye Neck High Students Take Ethical Look At Area's Water

    Rye Neck High Students Take Ethical Look At Area's Water

    How often do you think about the water you drink?  Residents of Larchmont and Mamaroneck "understand and value" theirs, according to a "public perceptions" survey done by student activists at Rye Neck High School.The students, junior Gabriel Miller and seniors Sean Diamond and Owen Robertson, and graduates Andrew Alcin, Renue Chin and Ryan Germani belong to a student-run think tank ...

  7. Around The Schools: Greenwich Schools Has A New COO, New Budget Plan; New Canaan Lauds Scholars

    Around The Schools: Greenwich Schools Has A New COO, New Budget Plan; New Canaan Lauds Scholars

    Sean O’Keefe is the new chief operating officer for Greenwich Public Schools. He will take over Dec. 16, replacing Lorianne O’Donnell who accepted a position with Abilis.The job entails overseeing the district's operations related to finance and facilities. O’Keefe previously was the business administrator for the Trumbull Board of Education where he was responsible for all operational ...

  8. New Canaan Students Prove They're Smart Thanks To 'Robust Curriculum And Instruction'

    New Canaan Students Prove They're Smart Thanks To 'Robust Curriculum And Instruction'

    New Canaan's "Smarter Balanced Assessment" results are the best in Connecticut.Jill Correnty, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, presented the New Canaan Public Schools (NCPS) 2019 Student Assessment Results to the Board of Education (BOE) at a BOE meeting held on Oct. 21 at New Canaan High School. Correnty reported that this year’s results of ...

  9. Around Westchester Schools: John Jay Opens 'Julius Caesar', Mount Pleasant App, Rye Neck Notes

    Around Westchester Schools: John Jay Opens 'Julius Caesar', Mount Pleasant App, Rye Neck Notes

    Shakespeare Tragedy, Comedy Opens At John Jay Two of Shakespeare's Roman plays: the classic tragedy "Julius Caesar" and the fast-moving and delightful "The Comedy of Errors," directed by David Fritsch, are on stage now at John Jay Middle School.In the plot, a case of mistaken intent results in war and a case of mistaken identity ends in hilarity. Click here to purchase ...

  10. Fit Teacher In Rye Says Gym Challenge Sets Good Example

    Fit Teacher In Rye Says Gym Challenge Sets Good Example

    A first-grade teacher in the Rye City School District takes a walk every day in all kinds of weather on her lunch break. She does it for her health but also so her "students see how my activity energizes me to teach and live life to the fullest," said Marianne Kolesar, winner of a fitness challenge at her gym recently. It was the Teachers Challenge at Club Fit Jefferson ...

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