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Prevention Week at IS 296, Brooklyn - Mulgrew to students: Make good life decisions

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nyt20100603_30a.jpg More than 500 students at IS 296, Brooklyn, celebrated the school’s sixth annual Prevention Week, the theme for which was “With an Education We Have Choices.” Prevention Week is a communitywide initiative established to give the youth of Bushwick positive platforms for showcasing their talents and to defy and refute the negative statistics that blight the community’s image. Community-based groups and individuals provide workshops for students and parents, as well as a career day for students.

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Related topics: parents and community

Runways and rewards

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At the fundraising fashion show at PS 132 in Queens, kids strutted, pivoted and twirled on the catwalk — all in hope that they could see penguins waddle, dolphins leap and stingrays glide. The haute couture was a hit, and soon the kids will leave their Springfield Gardens neighborhood for Atlantis Sea World out in Riverhead, L.I. “This is our second fashion show, bigger and better than last year, and we raised a lot more money,” Dawn Harris, 5th-grade teacher and chapter leader, said of the May 14 event.

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Learning symptoms, treatment options

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NYT20100520_29b.jpg William Goren, director of the Men’s Cancer Program of the nonprofit organization Cancer Care, lectured and led a discussion with dozens of UFT members — many accompanied by their spouses — about prostate cancer at UFT headquarters on April 22. Goren (above, speaking), brought in by the UFT Welfare Fund’s Health and Cancer Helpline, informed the group about the possible symptoms of prostate cancer, early detection, effective treatment options, aftercare and possible lifestyle changes to avoid the disease altogether.

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UFT: ‘Support, don’t close, struggling schools’

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The Coalition for Educational Justice, an umbrella organization of many parent, labor and community groups committed to fighting for public school excellence and equity, is calling for the creation of a School Transformation Zone to improve low-performing schools and prevent school closings.

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Let them eat crepes

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nyt20100520-24-1a.jpgKnow how to make a crepe without burning it? These Food and Finance HS students do, with help from their teacher, Geoffrey Tulloch.

The place to chat with articulate students demonstrating their expertise and the inspiring teachers who work with them was the exhibit hall at the UFT Spring Conference. You could also enjoy a crepe while taking in the wide array of fields represented, from architectural drafting to cooking, designing glamorous gowns and creating a robot, to name just a few.

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Meet the president: Bronx high schools

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Bloodied but unbowed, a packed audience of Bronx high school teachers welcomed UFT President Michael Mulgrew to the union’s borough office for a Meet the President event on April 20. Not surprisingly, the educators — whose borough bore the brunt of the recent conflict over school closings — had a lot on their minds. Questions ran the gamut from the union’s efforts to reach out to new teachers to the possibility of reforming the broken formal observation system to preventing retaliation from principals against whistle-blowing teachers.

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Rally ‘for’ profiteering

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Related topics: political action, budget

Queens sweep

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District 24 Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance

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456-4117.jpgSpecial education teacher Ruben Jimenez proudly displays his award flanked by Parker (left) and IS 5 Chapter Leader Patricia Crowley.

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500 turn out to honor champions of education

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