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Around the UFT
A milestone and a loss. That could easily be the title of one of their original theater pieces: For the UFT Players, a group of retired educators who write and perform on stage annually, 2016 has brought both celebration and sorrow.
Continuing a 20-year tradition, educators, administrators and students gathered at Russo’s on the Bay on April 12 for the annual District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance.
District 26 pulled off what District Representative Mary Vaccaro called “an evening of surprises” at its annual District 26 Scholarship Dinner Dance on March 31.
Nearly 400 social workers gathered at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on April 8 for a full-day workshop, “Collaboration and Inspiration: School Social Workers as Leaders, Advocates and Brokers for Change,” organized by the UFT and the Department of Education’s Office of Guidance and School Counseling.
Marie Reilly, a musician and protocol officer at the Irish Consulate in New York City, performed traditional Irish tunes on the fiddle at the UFT’s annual Irish American Committee celebration on April 5.
Joining with the Light It Up Blue campaign to celebrate Autism Awareness Month, teachers and other staff at P811 in Brooklyn painted their nails blue and organized face-printing, a photo booth and music by a disc jockey.
Lots of serious teaching and testing can, on occasion, silence the silly and stifle small spirits at Bronx Little School.
It was a magical evening of red carpets, music, dining and dancing for the young ladies of PS 169 and their escorts.
Little Red Riding Hood’s exclamation “Grandma, what big teeth you have” was more than matched by the gasps of students from PS 209 and PS 225 in Brooklyn when they set eyes on the enormous Megladon tooth at the New York City Aquarium at Coney Island during their visit on Feb. 24.
For 30 years, UFT members have gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year and this year was no exception as 320 participants watched the fiery dragon dancers, fed the lion envelopes of money to ensure happiness and prosperity and feasted on long-life noodles and shrimp dumplings at the Joy Luck Palace in Chinatown on March 11.
A crowded and hushed Shanker Hall listened as Minnijean Brown-Trickey told hundreds of middle and high school students what it was like that morning 57 years ago when, as an African-American student their age, she walked through crowds of hissing, cursing white adults and up the steps of Little Rock HS to start school.
Vincent Pedulla is nothing short of rhapsodic when talking about the beauty of braille.
The UFT kicked off Career and Technical Education Month on Feb. 1 with CTE at the CORE: Helping Students Map Their Futures, a conference at union headquarters in Manhattan.
Twenty-six dedicated paraprofessionals with between 29 and 45 years of service were honored at a Promise and Passion dinner dance at the UFT’s Queens borough office.
Bronx resident Ricardo Ramos has five great reasons for having attended the UFT Men in Education seminar, titled A Symposium Dedicated to Promoting Male Involvement in Education.
The Municipal Credit Union has named Joseph Usatch, a social studies teacher at IS 311 in East New York, the Most Valuable New Yorker for his charitable work on behalf of the UFT. Usatch received his award during the first time out at a St. John’s University basketball game in Madison Square Garden on Jan. 31.
Legendary civil rights leader and union activist Norman Hill was honored on Feb. 6 at the 56th annual Greater Metropolitan New York Social Studies Conference sponsored by the Association of Teachers of Social Studies/UFT.
“Forward Together’’ was the theme this year as nearly 300 celebrants marked Black History Month at the UFT African Heritage Committee’s 13th annual dinner dance.
Around the UFT | February 4, 2016 >>
Early detection of breast cancer through annual mammograms beginning at age 40 and self-examination is still the best defense against the disease.
Around the UFT | February 4, 2016 >>
Their dance performance at Passages Academy's holiday extravaganza was the latest reason that guidance counselor Adrienne Pritchett-Dames was proud of her nine girls, who come from juvenile detention centers. "They are much, much more than their mistakes," she said.