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Around the UFT
Colleagues, family and friends of Simeonette Mapes, a social studies teacher who helped found the School for the Classics in Brooklyn, gathered on Sept. 27 at a Staten Island street corner which was renamed in her honor during an intimate ceremony.
Students and staff at PS 43 in Far Rockaway celebrated winning the $20,000 grand prize in the citywide Build a Better School Contest during a celebration in the auditorium on Oct. 11.
UFT Italian American Heritage Committee members celebrated Italian Heritage and Culture Month on Oct. 17 at UFT headquarters with a focus on Italian American sports legends in America.
UFT members from schools in the Bronx had fun while raising $450 to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at the third annual Zumba class fundraiser on Oct. 2.
Diabetes has become a major epidemic in the United States, which is why the UFT Welfare Fund chose to hold a workshop on the disease and how to prevent it.
A team of members of the Federation of Nurses/UFT joined 50,000 other marchers for the first time in the annual Walk to Defeat ALS — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease — at East Meadow, Long Island, on Sept. 20.
At their first School Leadership Team meeting of the year on Sept. 9, parents, staff and students at East Harlem’s PS 206 got to brainstorm parent engagement ideas with UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
Hundreds of UFT members marched up Fifth Avenue for the 132nd Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6. As in years past, retirees — including founding UFT member Leo Hoenig — joined in-service members in the march.
Karen Alford (right), the UFT vice president for elementary schools, participated on Sept. 12 in a panel discussion on community schools at the 2014 Hispanic Education Summit, organized by the Hispanic Federation.
For the ninth straight year, UFT members were among the thousands who thronged to Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway to celebrate Caribbean culture at the West Indian Day Carnival Parade on Labor Day.
The UFT Science Committee focused on safety policy and procedures at its Sept. 18 meeting, a timely theme in the wake of science experiments involving methanol in Reno, Denver and New York City that went badly wrong in the past year.
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New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson wowed students and adults alike with his talk about the importance of education, helping others and being responsible with one’s finances at a three-day financial literacy summer camp for public school students hosted by the UFT.
UFT members and families turned out in force for two minor league baseball games in the early summer days of June, chomping on hot dogs and burgers while representing the union and its initiatives.
“You make us all so proud,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the 12 New York City public school teachers named Big Apple Award winners for their teaching excellence at a June 19 celebration on the lawn of Gracie Mansion.
Crowds lining Fifth Avenue for the 2014 NYC Pride March on June 29 cheered the 100 UFT participants who carried the union banner, wore specially designed T-shirts and whistled for attention.
It was an exceptional Teacher Appreciation Day at PS 53 in the Bronx on June 5, when educators gathered in the school cafeteria to enjoy a catered lunch.
Two ribbon-cuttings in June illustrated just how far PS 188 in Coney Island has rebounded from Hurricane Sandy, which forced the school to shut down for more than a month in late 2012.
From a Puerto Rican salsa to an African step dance, cultures around the world were represented at the annual multicultural celebration at PS 299 in Bushwick.
Mel Aaronson, the UFT’s longtime treasurer and a trustee of the Teachers’ Retirement System, was awarded the Jeannette DiLorenzo Lifetime Achievement Award at the Italian American Committee Award Dinner.
PS 100, in South Brooklyn, on June 3 opened its new UFT Teacher Center, the product of a strong working relationship between Chapter Leader Joanne Bullaro, Assistant Principal Tabatha Romano and Principal Katherine Moloney.
If you could improve one thing about the school where you teach, what would it be?
Smaller class sizes
More and better classroom supplies
A stronger and more supportive principal
Better access to technology
Total votes: 577