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Donna Christopher

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  1. Hundreds of Languages Spoken In Fairfield County Schools

    Hundreds of Languages Spoken In Fairfield County Schools

    Seventy languages are spoken among students in one Fairfield County school district and half the graduating class in another are biliterate. These foreign language skills have not gone unnoticed.There are 119 students in Stamford Public Schools who have attained literacy in English as well as another language and will be awarded a Seal of Biliteracy on their transcripts and diplomas, ...

  2. Around Fairfield County: Here's Where To Donate Food Now, 48 More Places To Dine

    Around Fairfield County: Here's Where To Donate Food Now, 48 More Places To Dine

    Have extra macaroni and cheese and granola bars in your cupboard? There's a food drive for meals for kids going on today in Fairfield County.Filling in the Blanks, which is based in New Canaan, provides weekend meals to school children in many area towns and needs the items.Tuna, spaghetti, canned soup, boxed dry chicken noodle soup, apple sauce, fruit cups, instant oatmeal, canned corn ...

  3. High Schools Around Fairfield: Drive-By Graduations &  Live Stream Ceremonies Planned

    High Schools Around Fairfield: Drive-By Graduations & Live Stream Ceremonies Planned

    A drive-by ceremony and beachside event are ways Fairfield County's first-ever distance-learning graduating class will celebrate their exit from high school. Many districts are still putting plans in place since Gov. Ned Lamont announced on Wednesday, June 3 that in-person graduation ceremonies will be allowed starting July 6. Meanwhile, these schools are set to send off their ...

  4. Fairfield County Group Raises Money For Undocumented People, Coronavirus Help Coming From CT

    Fairfield County Group Raises Money For Undocumented People, Coronavirus Help Coming From CT

    No federal stimulus check is coming for unemployed undocumented workers now in the third month of having to choose between paying rent and buying groceries. There's no state aid either. They can't apply for unemployment and are not eligible for SNAP benefits.Knowing this harsh reality for many of its local citizens, a Fairfield County citizens group mobilized to try to help families ...

  5. Around Fairfield Schools: Webinar For Parents To Talk Of Race; Meet New Principal, HR Director

    Around Fairfield Schools: Webinar For Parents To Talk Of Race; Meet New Principal, HR Director

    You can't shield your children from the recent acts of racism and violence that followed the death of George Floyd, but what do you say to them?A pop-up webinar to address these is being hosted by Stamford Public School to assist parents in having these conversations. The webinar on Friday, June 5 at 5 p.m. will give "strategies for speaking with children about race and traumatic ...

  6. Playroom Filled With Toys But Kids Always Bored? Here's Who Can Help Fairfield County Parents

    Playroom Filled With Toys But Kids Always Bored? Here's Who Can Help Fairfield County Parents

    Does your child's playroom just keep them busy or promote independent play and learning? Mindful organizing is the key to optimize the latter. There's help for that in Fairfield County, where educator and organizer Alanna Gallo has a new business aptly called Play Learn Thrive.Playrooms can be powerful teaching spaces and her company offers a range of services to help you set it up for ...

  7. High Schools Set Grad Plans In Westchester; Will NY Allow July Ceremonies?

    High Schools Set Grad Plans In Westchester; Will NY Allow July Ceremonies?

    Signs still pop up on lawns, but around Westchester, car parades are now setting the pac for what high school graduation looks like in 2020. New York state senators, however, are hoping for outdoor, in-person ceremonies later in the summer. Several wrote to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week asking for high schools to be allowed to have exactly that — with social distancing  — in ...

  8. Children In Westchester Can Tap Into Thousands Of Free Books — Anytime, Anywhere

    Children In Westchester Can Tap Into Thousands Of Free Books — Anytime, Anywhere

    Reading books will make your child's shrinking world grow back up again. And if yours live in  Westchester, they can download a free app to gain access to thousands of titles — anytime, anywhere.  Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) is using the Sora technology to expand access to digital reading materials by connecting students ...

  9. 'Enjoy The Process' Says Fairfield County Teen, One Of Three CT Presidential Scholars

    'Enjoy The Process' Says Fairfield County Teen, One Of Three CT Presidential Scholars

    "Have an end goal in mind, but take time to enjoy the process of the endeavor in addition to its result," so suggests a Fairfield County teenager whose been selected one of 161 United Presidential Scholars to younger classmates.Greenwich High School senior Cynthia Chen has been selected as one of the 161  United States Presidential Scholars. Two more make up the total Connecticut ...

  10. Around Westchester Schools: Best HS In History, Andy Pallotta Again President Of Teachers Union

    Around Westchester Schools: Best HS In History, Andy Pallotta Again President Of Teachers Union

    Andy Pallotta, a former Valhalla resident who taught in New York City elementary schools, was elected to a second three-year term as president of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) union.His re-election was part of the Representative Assembly meeting — the first-ever virtual meeting in the union's history. Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango, a former Pittsford middle ...

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