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Around the UFT
In a June 26 ceremony performed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on the steps of City Hall, social studies teacher Katrina Council exchanged vows with her fiancée Sara Joseph in a wedding celebrating that day’s historic Supreme Court ruling declaring marriage equality in all 50 states.
Close to 100 UFT members joined with thousands of other revelers in this year’s jubilant Pride March on June 28, just two days after the Supreme Court declared marriage equality the law of the land.
UFT members enjoyed a Cyclones game on UFT night at MCU Park in Coney Island on June 23, 2015.
Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York City, attended a community school forum on June 10 at PS 335/MS 584 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
Susan Tuthill, nominated recently as a Daily News Hometown Hero for what the paper described as an “ambitious glow-in-the-dark fun house project,” led her art students at Brownsville Academy HS in Brooklyn on a yearlong Ride to Wacky Whimsicality.
Compassion and activism are growing in Brooklyn and, right along with that, student self-confidence and determination.
Ten outstanding educators from UFT-represented public or charter schools were among 15 who were honored at the 2015 Blackboard Awards in the New York Institute for Technology Auditorium in midtown Manhattan on June 8.
Roughly 250 Bronx education and public safety workers — including school safety agents, police officers, teachers, principals and other school administrators and staff — and their friends and families turned out for the fourth annual School Safety Agent Award Recognition Dinner on June 9 at the UFT’s Bronx borough office.
A UFT contingent of more than 100 celebrated la isla bonita as they joined the line of march for the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan on June 14.
The UFT’s sixth annual New York City Excellence in School Wellness Award Ceremony shined a light on educators’ work to promote health and wellness among their students and in their communities.
More than 300 teachers, students and parents attended the ninth annual District 26 Scholarship Dinner Dance at the New Hyde Park Inn on May 21.
Many years in the making, a beautiful garden is lush with spring’s bounty at PS/MS 50, the Vito Marcantonio School, in East Harlem.
It’s not often that newly tenured teachers are recognized for that achievement. District 4 decided to change that.
It’s all “hakuna matata” — “no worries” — at PS 346 in Brooklyn, where a “pride” of around 50 students in grades 3 to 5 performed an abridged version of Disney’s hit musical “The Lion King” on May 29.
Students, alumni and teachers both current and past celebrated the 100th anniversary of PS 94 in Little Neck, Queens, on May 29.
UFT Assistant Treasurer Tom Brown was among the many honorees at the annual District 20 Scholarship Dinner Dance as some 250 guests looked on at the El Caribe Restaurant in Brooklyn on May 20.
In the sixth annual Art of Giving event organized by Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford, 5th-graders at PS 51 in Manhattan donated their artwork to brighten the hallways of the Henry J. Carter Hospital and Nursing Facility on June 8.
The coaches and student athletes at Frederick Douglass Academy have been transforming Colonel Young Park, a filthy and forbidding park ithree blocks from their school, nto a clean and safe green space that the school's sports teams can use.
Creativity, leadership and academic rigor were among the characteristics of the 12 winners of the third annual Big Apple Awards, which celebrate the work of public school teachers.