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Around the UFT
Students and staff of Maxwell Career and Technical Education HS added a fundraising Lupus Walk to their annual senior class picnic at Forest Park in Queens on June 11 in honor of Jacqueline Rodrigues-Smith, a veteran science teacher and the school’s track coach who died in March at age 45 of the chronic, autoimmune disease.
“You are the epitome of what all teachers should be,” Chancellor Carmen Fariña told the 17 winners of the fourth annual Big Apple Awards in a ceremony at DOE headquarters on June 23.
The rich cultural diversity of P186 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx was acknowledged during the school’s annual multicultural show on May 25.
UFT members joined the annual Pride march along Fifth Avenue on Sunday, June 26, an event that took on deeper significance in the wake of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, two weeks earlier.
More than 150 educators, administrators and community health advocates gathered at Brooklyn Borough Hall on June 8 for the 2016 Excellence in School Wellness Award ceremony.
It took more than a decade of fighting, but community activists, including Elba Cornier, a science teacher at PS/IS 157, succeeded in turning a small vacant lot in the Bedford-Stuyvesant/East Williamsburg section of Brooklyn into a green space the neighborhood sorely needs.
When Gotham Professional Arts Academy resource coordinator Allison Brown learned that the nonprofit Rebuilding Together NYC organizes corporate volunteer days to help renovate low-income homes and schools throughout the city, she knew the perfect recipient: her own high school.
Thirty 5th-grade students at PS 114 in Brooklyn had the ride of their lives on June 2 when a professional camera crew filmed a bicycle safety video they created.
Two hundred middle school students from around the city converged on a storefront near UFT headquarters in Manhattan on June 3 to try on prom attire donated by UFT middle school members.
Students at the Edward A. Reynolds West Side HS, an alternative school for students who have been unsuccessful in traditional high school settings, have pounded the pavement and the halls of government to present a slice of history.
When teacher Stephanie Vierno died at age 46 in October 2013, the void felt throughout PS 41 in Staten Island was palpable. So they found a way to make sure she’d be with them every day by renaming the school after her.
Twelve teachers and 58 special-needs students worked together to bring their standing-room-only production of the hit musical “The Lion King” to the stage of P4 in Fresh Meadows on June 2.
The UFT’s first-ever teacher leadership conference on June 4 presented opportunities for teacher leaders to share their knowledge with fellow teacher leaders and other educators eager to learn from them.
“It was like Christmas in June,” PS 66 Chapter Leader Paul Turci said about a Food Bank for New York City giveaway at his Bronx school.
More than 200 UFT members were visible and vocal at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan on Sunday, June 12.
Thanks to the Art of Giving, the framed artwork of kindergarten, 1st- and 3rd-grade students at PS 18 in Mott Haven now hangs on the walls of the Lincoln Medical Center to the delight of patients, visitors and staff.
Around the UFT | June 28, 2016 >>
The 10th annual Hero Day at PS 33 in Queens Village was filled with both enchantment and sorrow.
Brightly colored balloons floated above tables set with placemats depicting students’ winning artwork at the UFT Speech Improvement Chapter’s 10th Annual Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration on May 19 at UFT headquarters.
UFT members joined the picket lines outside Verizon Wireless stores on May 20 in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn in support of striking Verizon workers.