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Around the UFT
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last year, Evita Hernaez, a speech pathologist at PS 329 in Coney Island, knew the students would understand what the victims were going through.
Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway went home on April 3 with new backpacks filled with a book and school supplies, and every teacher received a set of books for their class.
The stars are out — and the planets, constellations and galaxies, too — at the newly renovated Hubble Planetarium at Edward R. Murrow HS in Brooklyn. The planetarium officially reopened on April 2.
More than 250 students, teachers, parents and a few alumni celebrated the 60th anniversary of PS 186, the Castlewood School in Queens, on April 4.
Raised flags representing all the countries of the world and a wish for universal peace capped a UFT program honoring the lives and continuing work of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Dalai Lama at union headquarters.
The annual commemoration of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on March 25 drew elected officials, firefighters, union leaders, teachers and students to honor the dead and pay tribute to the labor union movement that emerged from the ashes.
Around 25 UFT family child care providers gathered on March 26 for a professional development workshop hosted by WNET and the network’s famous Thomas the Tank Engine, the star of its classic animated children’s show “Thomas and Friends.”
A robotics team from Brooklyn Technical HS will be in St. Louis, Mo., April 23–26 vying for the international robotics championship title.
A researcher, a teaching artist and a mime walk into the UFT. It’s not the setup to a joke, but the basis of the expanded literacies conference that took place at UFT headquarters on April 5.
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The granddaughter of UFT Treasurer Mel Aaronson, Liza Weinstein, submitted her UFT membership card to her grandfather.
The UFT Hellenic American Educators Association held its annual Greek Heritage Celebration on March 13 at union headquarters with a look at a fascinating — and little-known — chapter of Greek history: the immigration of Greek Orthodox and Romaniote Jews to the United States in the early 1900s and their settlement on the Lower East Side.
News that a snowplow in a nearby supermarket parking lot had backed into and killed the pregnant mother of a 1st-grader at PS 69 on Feb. 13 galvanized the school staff and the whole Sunset Park community.
UFT members participate in a protest on March 21 in front of the Bay Ridge office of state Sen. Marty Golden, who sponsored a bill making its way through the Legislature that would grant sizable tax credits for donations to scholarship funds for religious and other private schools in New York State.
The UFT Irish American Committee honored the Lower East Side Tenement Museum at its annual celebration on March 6 at UFT headquarters, continuing a tradition of paying tribute to a person or organization that promotes deeper understanding and appreciation of Irish heritage and culture.
For more than a quarter century, hundreds of UFT members have turned out each year to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Lunar New Year Banquet hosted by the Asian American Heritage Committee.
For the 150 animals sheltered at the Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue in Ozone Park, Queens, the 4th-graders of nearby PS 65 are truly the cat’s meow.
Some 450 members of the Social Workers and Psychologists Chapter met at union headquarters on Jan. 27 for their eighth annual Clinical Professional Development program.
Some 400 local and regional educators gathered with business, higher-education and union leaders at a Career and Technical Education Summit at UFT headquarters on Feb. 3, exploring ways for schools to build high-quality CTE programs to meet the needs of the city’s future labor force.
When the teachers, staff and parents of PS 69 in Jackson Heights learned about the typhoon in the Philippines in November, they sprung into action. The total donated to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund: $4,742.
After the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey 4-foot-10-inch acrobat tossed the 6-foot-5-inch circus ringmaster over his shoulder and spun him around on the auditorium stage of PS 24 in Sunset Park, students learned an anti-bullying lesson like none they had ever heard before.