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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.
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.
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.
It was a “Thriller” of an evening for Transit Tech Career and Technical Education HS in Brooklyn on June 11, when a full auditorium of students, staff and family members was treated to a student performance of “Unstoppable: A Tribute to the Jackson Family.”
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.
Teachers who coach in addition to other responsibilities celebrated the end of anothr year's work and gave out awards to members of the New York City Coaches Association/UFT on June 13.
Sixty-one schools across the city were honored for making strides in creating healthier school environments for their students over the past school year at the New York City Excellence in School Wellness Award Ceremony.
Students from Staten Island’s PS 50 and Gravesend’s PS 95 brightened the halls and patients’ lives at two local hospitals by donating their artwork as part of this year’s Art of Giving project.
Nearly every paraprofessional in District 5, Manhattan — 143 out of a total of 150 — turned out for their third annual Paraprofessional Professional Development Day on June 5.
Every New Yorker is a boricua for the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, and the UFT was well-represented on June 8.
Adam Kinory, an English as a second language teacher at School of the Future in Manhattan, always thought teachers could facilitate their own professional development if only they had a little paid time and a good book to guide them. Four years ago, that vision became a reality.
It was a chance to honor the great work that had won them accolades from parents and to share what makes great educators tick, as this year’s Blackboard Awards were celebrated on June 2 in the packed auditorium of children’s book publisher Scholastic in Greenwich Village.
The school community at IS 24 on Staten Island came together on May 9 to show their love and appreciation for Teresa Castellano, a paraprofessional who died this past fall.
UFT Veterans Committee members again paid tribute to America’s veterans by participating in the annual Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Water Street in lower Manhattan on May 21.
In what UFT District 26 Representative Mary Vaccaro described as “the best event ever,” 320 guests gathered to honor educators in the Queens district on May 22 at The Inn in New Hyde Park.
Teachers participating in a yearlong UFT/AFT Teacher Leaders Program, facilitated by the UFT Teacher Center, presented their research findings on key education issues at a culminating event at union headquarters on May 17.
They didn’t have 80 days, so the students and staff at IS 126 in Astoria went around the world in an evening.
The mariachi band played, the student chorus sang and the guests danced at PS 95 in Jamaica on May 9 as the school celebrated its 100th anniversary.
“We have never felt so appreciated!” Chapter Leader Nancy Wagner was speaking of herself and her PS 71, Ridgewood, colleagues, who enjoyed a week of daily surprises arranged by Principal Indiana Soto throughout Teacher Appreciation Week.