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Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

Students and staff of Maxwell Career and Technical Education HS added a fundraising Lupus Walk to their annual senior class picnic at Forest Park in Queens on June 11 in honor of Jacqueline Rodrigues-Smith, a veteran science teacher and the school’s track coach who died in March at age 45 of the chronic, autoimmune disease.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

“You are the epitome of what all teachers should be,” Chancellor Carmen Fariña told the 17 winners of the fourth annual Big Apple Awards in a ceremony at DOE headquarters on June 23.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

The rich cultural diversity of P186 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx was acknowledged during the school’s annual multicultural show on May 25.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

UFT members joined the annual Pride march along Fifth Avenue on Sunday, June 26, an event that took on deeper significance in the wake of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, two weeks earlier.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

More than 150 educators, administrators and community health advocates gathered at Brooklyn Borough Hall on June 8 for the 2016 Excellence in School Wellness Award ceremony.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

It took more than a decade of fighting, but community activists, including Elba Cornier, a science teacher at PS/IS 157, succeeded in turning a small vacant lot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant/East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn into a green space the neighborhood sorely needs.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

When Gotham Professional Arts Academy resource coordinator Allison Brown learned that the nonprofit Rebuilding Together NYC organizes corporate volunteer days to help renovate low-income homes and schools throughout the city, she knew the perfect recipient: her own high school.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

Thirty 5th-grade students at PS 114 in Brooklyn had the ride of their lives on June 2 when a professional camera crew filmed a bicycle safety video they created.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

Two hundred middle school students from around the city converged on a storefront near UFT headquarters in Manhattan on June 3 to try on prom attire donated by UFT middle school members.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

Students at the Edward A. Reynolds West Side HS, an alternative school for students who have been unsuccessful in traditional high school settings, have pounded the pavement and the halls of government to present a slice of history.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

When teacher Stephanie Vierno died at age 46 in October 2013, the void felt throughout PS 41 in Staten Island was palpable. So they found a way to make sure she’d be with them every day by renaming the school after her.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

Twelve teachers and 58 special-needs students worked together to bring their standing-room-only production of the hit musical “The Lion King” to the stage of P4 in Fresh Meadows on June 2.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

The UFT’s first-ever teacher leadership conference on June 4 presented opportunities for teacher leaders to share their knowledge with fellow teacher leaders and other educators eager to learn from them.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

“It was like Christmas in June,” PS 66 Chapter Leader Paul Turci said about a Food Bank for New York City giveaway at his Bronx school.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

More than 200 UFT members were visible and vocal at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan on Sunday, June 12.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

Thanks to the Art of Giving, the framed artwork of kindergarten, 1st- and 3rd-grade students at PS 18 in Mott Haven now hangs on the walls of the Lincoln Medical Center to the delight of patients, visitors and staff.

Around the UFT | June 28, 2016 >>

The 10th annual Hero Day at PS 33 in Queens Village was filled with both enchantment and sorrow.

Around the UFT | June 2, 2016 >>

Brightly colored balloons floated above tables set with placemats depicting students’ winning artwork at the UFT Speech Improvement Chapter’s 10th Annual Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration on May 19 at UFT headquarters.

Around the UFT | June 2, 2016 >>

UFT members joined the picket lines outside Verizon Wireless stores on May 20 in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn in support of striking Verizon workers.

Around the UFT | June 2, 2016 >>

Four 1st-grade teachers at PS/IS 192 in Borough Park opened their hearts and their wallets to create a moving Mother’s Day party for their 94 students and the superhero woman in each of their lives.

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