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Around the UFT
Hundreds of UFT members marched up Fifth Avenue in the Sept. 12 Labor Day Parade to show pride in their union and demonstrate the importance of unions in fighting for working people.
The annual West Indian Day Parade — traditionally held on Labor Day — brings about two million people to Crown Heights. More than 100 UFT members joined the festivities — riding on the UFT float or marching alongside it.
The toe-tapping musical “Teach It Right, or, Right to Teach” toured the parks and playgrounds of the city this summer, presenting its story of the challenges and struggles facing public education through the ordeals of a teacher and a middle school student.
Students, teachers and parents formed a huge peace symbol in the schoolyard of PS 69 in Jackson Heights in celebration of International Peace Day on Sept. 21.
UFT nurses, child care providers and retirees joined dozens of other union members and health care advocates for a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Medicare and Medicaid.
The 1.2-acre cracked asphalt lot adjacent to CS 300 in the Tremont section of the Bronx has been transformed into a state-of-the-art playground for the 1,200 students who share the four-school campus.
Gina Sorbera was always the first person to arrive each morning at IS 24, Staten Island.
As summer drew to a close, school was in session for hundreds of new teachers who took part in a New Teacher Week from Aug. 24 to 27, which was organized by the Department of Education and the UFT.
Pro football player Mike Adams, a safety with the National Football League’s Indianapolis Colts, had a roomful of 3rd- to 6th-graders in the palm of his hand.
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.
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.
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.
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.