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News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

At the Albert Shanker Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony, 188 young people, including nine graduate students, won Shanker scholarships to further their education. Students, families and teachers attended the ceremony at UFT headquarters to celebrate their achievement.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Some 40,000 books were given away outside the Refuge Church of Christ in Far Rockaway at an event organized by the UFT in partnership with the AFT and the nonprofit organization First Book.

Around the UFT | June 26, 2014 >>

Students from Staten Island’s PS 50 and Gravesend’s PS 95 brightened the halls and patients’ lives at two local hospitals by donating their artwork as part of this year’s Art of Giving project.

Testimony | June 6, 2014 >>

The UFT submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committees on Education and Finance regarding the 2014-15 education expense and capital budgets.

Around the UFT | June 5, 2014 >>

In what UFT District 26 Representative Mary Vaccaro described as “the best event ever,” 320 guests gathered to honor educators in the Queens district on May 22 at The Inn in New Hyde Park.

News stories | June 5, 2014 >>

Sweat and smiles were the theme of the day at the UFT’s first 5K Family Run, which took place on May 10 in Coney Island. The participants raised $13,000 for disaster relief.

Feature stories | May 15, 2014 >>

After an accident he suffered seven years ago left him a quadriplegic, Matthew Valente, a graduate of Michael J. Petrides HS, might have settled for a restricted life in a wheelchair surrounded by sympathetic friends and family. Instead, with the help of his alma mater, he’s fighting back.

Around the UFT | April 17, 2014 >>

When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last year, Evita Hernaez, a speech pathologist at PS 329 in Coney Island, knew the students would understand what the victims were going through.

Around the UFT | April 17, 2014 >>

Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway went home on April 3 with new backpacks filled with a book and school supplies, and every teacher received a set of books for their class.

News stories | April 17, 2014 >>

For Geraldine Kentish and her two children, it’s a dream come true; a real home at last — thanks to the efforts of her son's former teacher.

Around the UFT | March 27, 2014 >>

News that a snowplow in a nearby supermarket parking lot had backed into and killed the pregnant mother of a 1st-grader at PS 69 on Feb. 13 galvanized the school staff and the whole Sunset Park community.

Around the UFT | March 27, 2014 >>

For the 150 animals sheltered at the Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue in Ozone Park, Queens, the 4th-graders of nearby PS 65 are truly the cat’s meow.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

Two Federation of Nurses/UFT members who work at Brooklyn’s Lutheran Medical Center were among those who responded to the appeal for medical volunteers to help in the relief effort. The two young nurses used their vacation time for the two-week mission, where they treated the sick and injured at makeshift health clinics.

Around the UFT | March 6, 2014 >>

When the teachers, staff and parents of PS 69 in Jackson Heights learned about the typhoon in the Philippines in November, they sprung into action. The total donated to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund: $4,742.

Around the UFT | October 17, 2013 >>

New York City students joined WPIX-TV weatherman Mr. G for the Coalition for the Homeless’ sixth annual backpack giveaway co-sponsored by the UFT on Sept. 19.

News stories | September 26, 2013 >>

Union members have until Oct. 3 to file for financial compensation for economic losses they suffered from working or living around the World Trade Center site after 9/11. However, those suffering from illnesses related to 9/11 have lots of time to seek free health benefits.

Feature stories | September 26, 2013 >>

What was once an empty lot and an eyesore is now a treasured new park for the Morrisania community in the south Bronx to enjoy thanks in part to the imagination and industry of students and staff from nearby PS 159.

Feature stories | June 13, 2013 >>

Nearly a thousand teachers, parents and other community members in the Bronx thronged to an event distributing free books for classrooms, homes and homeless shelters. It was sponsored by the UFT, the AFT and the non-profit First Book.

Around the UFT | June 13, 2013 >>

Teachers and administrators broke bread together, a deejay spun tunes, and 18 kids from all grade levels were winners at the UFT District 26 Scholarship Dinner Dance.

Around the UFT | June 13, 2013 >>

District 21 dedicated its 30th annual UFT Scholarship Dinner Dance on May 21 to those in the community who helped one another in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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