Around the UFT

March 1, 2018

School Secretaries Seminar

School secretaries had a chance to network with colleagues from throughout the city and enjoyed workshops presented by the UFT and the city Department of Education at their annual seminar on Jan. 27 at UFT headquarters in Manhattan.

Braille Challenge

More than 20 blind and visually impaired students ages 5 to 21 competed in the third annual New York City Braille Challenge on Feb. 10 at P 721 in Elmhurst, Queens, hoping to score enough points to move on to the final round in California in June.

Pathways to Graduation HS gets Sing for Hope piano

A colorful Sing for Hope piano, which spent the summer in Brooklyn Park, now has a home at Pathways to Graduation HS, where it "fills a desperate need for a positive focus and helps our music program grow,” says one teacher.

UFT-AFT student debt clinic

For the third year in a row, the UFT and the AFT teamed up to offer student debt clinics in each of the UFT’s borough offices this winter.

UFT African Heritage Committee Awards Dinner

“Don’t be asleep when it comes to the political climate we’re engaged in,” said Anthony Harmon, the UFT director of parent and community outreach and the event’s organizer, explaining the Stay Woke theme of the 15th annual UFT African Heritage Committee Awards Dinner on Feb. 2.

500 attend pension clinic

With workers’ rights and benefits under attack across the country, one of the most valuable assets UFT educators have is a defined-benefit pension for a secure retirement. The UFT offers pension clinics several times a year to support members as they plan for retirement.

January 4, 2018

Studying the book and movie ‘Wonder’ at PS 117, Queens

The “Choose Kind” theme was embraced by the 5th-graders at PS 117 in Briarwood, Queens when they read the book "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio in December in anticipation of the movie’s opening.

UFT Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series

UFT members learned about the latest findings in breast cancer research and treatment at union headquarters on Dec. 12, as part of the UFT Welfare Fund’s Medical Learning Series.

Sing for Hope piano donated to PS 196, Brooklyn

Excited children packed the auditorium at PS 196 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to learn about their school’s new hand-painted piano, donated by Sing for Hope, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 17. 

Multicultural festival at District 20 Pre-K site in Brooklyn

Students learned the value of cultural diversity and respect at a multicultural celebration at the District 20 Pre-K site at Bay 11th Street in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, on Oct. 26.

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