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Around the UFT
“It takes a village to raise a child and school safety agents are the first part of that village,” said UFT Bronx Borough Representative Jose Vargas at a ceremony to honor 28 school safety agents, officers and supervisors at the union’s borough office.
For doing an exemplary job, for their professionalism and for being role models when it comes to grace under pressure, 15 Staten Island school safety agents and supervisors were recognized by the UFT.
The cream of the crop of student dancers from 16 schools across the city gave colorful and jubilant performances before an audience of nearly 400 at the 11th annual Celebration of Dance Festival.
How to eat healthfully, manage a classroom expertly, reduce stress, plant an edible garden on the windowsill, intervene in bullying, resolve disputes, create art projects with kids — there was a lot in the offing at the UFT’s Anne Curley Memorial Heath and Wellness Fair, held especially for paraprofessionals.
Second-graders at PS 261 in Boerum Hill brightened the lives of the veterans at St. Albans Community Living Center in Queens by donating their artwork as part of the Art of Giving project, a collaboration between UFT elementary schools and local hospitals.
They raced, jumped, let arrows fly and, perhaps the best victory of all, the 18 Martin Van Buren HS students joining the Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged experienced independence.
Teachers and administrators broke bread together, a deejay spun tunes, and 18 kids from all grade levels were winners at the UFT District 26 Scholarship Dinner Dance.
District 21 dedicated its 30th annual UFT Scholarship Dinner Dance on May 21 to those in the community who helped one another in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew brought members of the citywide Community Education Councils and parent activists up to date on issues facing educators and schools at a meeting on May 20 at union headquarters.
Many younger union members don’t know the history of their unions, but the Association of Teachers of Social Studies/UFT is out to change that.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive paralysis of the nervous system that has no cure. But it has sworn enemies in middle schoolers at Community Health Academy of the Heights in Manhattan.
“The idea is to teach students how to look at art and why artists create art and to experience it in a setting in which an actual career artist would,” said PS/IS 270 visual arts teacher Ida Owens about her school’s sixth annual Art Gala.
Members of the UFT Veterans Committee laid a wreath in honor of war dead at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in lower Manhattan on May 22.
During the past three months, some two-dozen teachers met on eight Saturdays in a P-course focused on Promoting Success in Science and Literacy Through Humane Education.
Fifty-six members of the UFT Family Child Care Providers Chapter were honored for their work with children and their union at the chapter’s first annual Provider Appreciation Day on May 18.
Members from Districts 5, 6 and Manhattan high schools gathered in Harlem on May 16 for a wide-ranging discussion with UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
Since he joined the staff at MS 158 in Queens seven years ago, teacher Mario Asaro has been concluding his sequential art program with a Senior Art Show as part of the school’s Spring Arts Festival.
Six District 25 teachers were honored for excellence in the classroom at an awards ceremony in the office of Congresswoman Grace Meng on May 10 to mark National Teacher Appreciation Day, which was May 7.
The contributions of four new awardees as well as 10 former awardees were celebrated at the UFT Hispanic Affairs Committee’s 10th annual Heritage Celebration and Awards Gala on May 15.