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Feature stories | June 6, 2019 >>

Although they officially became Albert Shanker College Scholarships in 1998, UFT college scholarships have been helping New York City public high school students from low-income families since their inception in 1969. Many of these scholarship winners have gone on to distinguish themselves in amazing careers. Here are the stories of six of them.

Learning curve | June 6, 2019 >>

For many people, civics is synonymous with social studies. But the UFT's teacher working group on civics education feel strongly that the lessons of civics are applicable in every classroom.

Around the UFT | June 6, 2019 >>

A crowd of 600-plus packed Villa Barone Manor in the Bronx on May 8 for the UFT's third annual District 11 Scholarship Dinner, featuring dinner, dancing, awards and 52 raffle baskets.

Around the UFT | June 6, 2019 >>

More than 2,000 middle and high schoolers from New York City public schools went to the UFT’s prom boutique on May 10-11 at the union’s Bronx borough office, where they picked out dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories for their proms and graduations – and took them home for free.

Around the UFT | June 6, 2019 >>

The UFT’s sixth annual 5K run/walk took educators and students from the smartboard to the boardwalk on May 11, as participants laced up their sneakers for a jaunt along the shore at Coney Island.


News stories | March 7, 2019 >>

Thanks to a partnership between the UFT, NYSUT and the AFT, every single teacher in the U.S. Virgin Islands — 1,400 in all — received a tote bag full of school supplies to help their classrooms recover from the 2017 hurricanes that devastated the islands.


Feature stories | February 7, 2019 >>

A new community service club at MS 247 in Manhattan is changing the lives of its student members and the people their projects benefit.


Around the UFT | January 3, 2019 >>

It was a day of wonder and thrills, a chance to fist-bump with the mighty Bumble Bee Transformer and dance with the Black Panther. But it was Santa Claus who won the hearts of the 120 children from homeless shelters across the city who lined up to whisper in his ear at the UFT’s annual holiday party, organized with the help of the Coalition for the Homeless, on Dec. 15.


Teacher to teacher | January 3, 2019 >>

Students do better in school when learning engages both their minds and their hearts. This dual approach is known as service learning — a teaching method that develops students’ skills and knowledge as they apply classroom lessons to meet real community needs.

News stories | December 6, 2018 >>

Everybody got into the act at PS 209 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, when it came to raising money to buy coats and other winter clothing items for the annual UFT Thanksgiving Luncheon for homeless students.

Around the UFT | December 6, 2018 >>

Jackie Herman, the chapter leader at IS 98 in Brooklyn, has volunteered every year at the Thanksgiving Luncheon that the UFT Middle School Division hosts with the Coalition for the Homeless since it was first held five years ago. But the event never ceases to pull at her heartstrings.

Around the UFT | November 1, 2018 >>

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, UFT members across the city wore pink to their schools to pay tribute to lost loved ones, honor survivors and celebrate their commitment to fighting for a cure.

News stories | November 1, 2018 >>

About 3,000 UFT members participated in this year's Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk on Staten Island, while walks took place simultaneously in three other boroughs, on Long Island and in New Jersey. The walk each year raises awareness of the disease and funds to fight it.

Feature stories | June 7, 2018 >>

Thousands of eighth-graders and high school seniors will be decked out for end-of-year celebrations thanks to eight UFT prom events that were held in all five boroughs in April and May.

News stories | June 7, 2018 >>

The UFT honored 180 high 
school students with $5,000 Albert Shanker Scholarships, and eight graduate students received awards to continue their studies, at a reception and ceremony in Shanker Hall at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on May 15.

Around the UFT | June 7, 2018 >>

What’s the fastest way to have 40,000 books disappear? Bring them to a UFT First Book event, of course.

Feature stories | March 1, 2018 >>

When tragedy struck, one Brooklyn family found out they could count on a school community.

News stories | January 4, 2018 >>

With the season's first snowfall dusting the streets, the holidays came early for 150 homeless children who celebrated at the annual holiday party hosted by the UFT and the Coalition for the Homeless on Dec. 9.

Vperspective | January 4, 2018 >>

Operation Agua is committed to delivering 100,000 water purifiers to Puerto Rican residents and businesses.

National education and labor news | December 7, 2017 >>

Hurricane Maria left nearly one million Americans in Puerto Rico without clean drinking water, and the American Federation of Teachers is stepping up to help.

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