Around the UFT

January 5, 2017

Family child care providers’ field trip to the Brooklyn Historical Society

More than 50 UFT family child care providers took a step back in time when they visited the Brooklyn Historical Society on Dec. 3.

Passion and Promise celebration for paraprofessionals in District 75 in the Bronx

Hanging on a wall in Eloise Zeller’s home is a plaque that reads “To the mother I never had,” a tribute to a woman who has spent 45 years working with children as a paraprofessional. 

UFT Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series

Many breast cancer survivors and their loved ones were among a capacity crowd on Dec. 15 for a presentation on breast cancer research and treatment, part of the UFT Welfare Fund’s Medical Learning Series.

Memorial mural unveiled for student at PS 82, Queens
Demetrius Palmer Jr. had an “infectious joy and love for life,” said Grisel Rodriguez, the principal of PS 82 in Jamaica, Queens. Demetrius, a 4th-grader at the school, accidentally drowned on Aug. 16. Teachers, students and family members gathered in the school’s yard on Nov. 30 to remember Demetrius and unveil a mural in his memory.

December 1, 2016

Yoobi donates to schools in Brooklyn's District 14

“Nothing is as exciting to kids as a new pencil,” says Karen Rost, the chapter leader at PS 59, a UFT Community Learning School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

New York City Art Teachers Association 2016 conference

The theme of this year's New York City Art Teachers Association's conference was collaboration. “It’s professional development for teachers to get new skills but they also have a chance to make new friends and work with colleagues,” said Joan Davidson, the conference coordinator.

Veterans Day assembly at IS 259, Brooklyn

Jessica Amato teaches English language arts to 7th-graders at IS 259 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. When a student asked her, “What is a veteran?” Amato said she “knew we had to do something on Veterans Day."

Inspiration sensation

Brooklyn author-illustrator Brendan Wenzel visited students at PS 189 in Crown Heights and inspired them to do their own writing and drawing.

UFT Players’ annual Halloween Happening

Members and guests gathered at union headquarters in Manhattan on Oct. 28 for the group’s 13th annual Halloween Happening, two hours of improvisation, poetry and camaraderie.

NYC Association of Foreign Language Teachers conference

"The place was inflused with language and learning," said the president of the New York City Association of Foreign Language Teachers/UFT about the group's 19th annual conference.

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