Around the UFT: Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • Queens pair grand at 50 January 17, 2013

    Two Queens schools — PS 203 in Bayside and PS 191 in Floral Park — recently celebrated being among the 219 public schools nationwide to be named 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Both schools, which coincidentally are celebrating 50th anniversaries, were chosen on the basis of overall academic excellence.

  • Meet the President: Districts 1 and 2 January 17, 2013

    UFT President Michael Mulgrew briefed more than 200 educators from Districts 1 and 2 in Manhattan at a Meet the President event in Chinatown on Dec. 19. Mulgrew said that the union’s political action efforts throughout the year would help to support a mayoral candidate committed to a strong public school system.

  • UFT meets with parent groups January 17, 2013

    UFT President Michael Mulgrew met with members of the city’s 32 Community Education Councils on Dec. 17 at UFT headquarters to exchange views on a host of topics. The CECs are the representative bodies that parents can join to make their voices heard on overall city public school policy.

  • Supporting charter school members January 17, 2013

    The UFT and its national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers, are sponsoring professional development workshops designed specifically for charter school educators. The workshops take place approximately once a month, covering topics such as differentiating instruction and creating a positive classroom culture.

  • UFT recognizes Far Rockaway congregation January 17, 2013

    In Far Rockaway, the Refuge Church of Christ served as a base for UFT members volunteering in the cleanup and debris removal. UFT President Michael Mulgrew attended Dec. 16 church services and presented a plaque to the pastor, Bishop Leroy Joseph, in recognition of the congregation’s invaluable aid “in partnership with the UFT.”

  • UFT, Coalition for Homeless Holiday Party January 17, 2013

    The glow sticks were bright, the fruit punch was redder than Rudolph’s nose, and Santa Claus was coming to town. That brought joy to 150 children on Dec. 15, when the UFT, in conjunction with the Coalition for the Homeless, threw open its doors at Manhattan headquarters for a big holiday bash.

  • UFT party for Briarwood Family Residence, Queens January 17, 2013

    With pizza and cake, holiday music, a glittering tree and fun craft projects for all ages, 90 children at the Briarwood Family Residence in Queens enjoyed a holiday party on Dec. 14 courtesy of the UFT.

  • Holiday luncheon at PS 18, the Bronx January 17, 2013

    More than 150 students, parents and community members streamed into PS 18 in the South Bronx for a Dec. 24 holiday luncheon filled with “a magical, Christmasy” vibe, according to Nicholas Cruz, the UFT Bronx community and parent liaison.

  • Christmas dinner at MS 232, the Bronx January 17, 2013

    For the fifth year, the staff at MS 232 in the Bronx has opened the school and their hearts to school families and the community to share holiday cheer at their annual Christmas Dinner.

  • NYC Community Schools Learning Initiative’s Adopt a Class for the Holidays January 17, 2013

    As they ripped open the brightly colored wrappings and discovered wishes really do come true, PS 188’s 2nd- and 3rd-graders wore smiles that would have melted the hearts of even the unredeemed Grinch and “humbug” Scrooge.

  • UFT party for New Horizons shelter, Brooklyn January 17, 2013

    More than 100 children at the Brownsville New Horizons homeless shelter got just what they asked Santa Claus for this year at a festive celebration sponsored by the staff of the UFT Brooklyn borough office on Dec. 20.

  • AFT Black Caucus holiday events January 17, 2013

    Two families from the Abyssinian Family Shelter in Harlem enjoyed a special Christmas this year thanks to the AFT Black Caucus, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. At the Dec. 22 Black Caucus Holiday Giveaway, one family — a mother and five children — received toys, book bags, scarves, gloves and gift cards.

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