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Feature stories | March 5, 2015 >>

Thanks to a partnership of First Book and the UFT, each kindergarten through 3rd-grade teacher at Washington Heights Academy received 25 books for each of their classroom libraries. And every single student in those grades will receive six books to keep.

Around the UFT | February 5, 2015 >>

UFT retirees are volunteering in a new tutoring program designed to strengthen the basic literacy and math skills of struggling students in two of the UFT’s Community Learning Schools.

News stories | January 8, 2015 >>

Christmas came early this year for 127 homeless children as they arrived for a holiday party thrown by the UFT and the Coalition for the Homeless at union headquarters on Saturday, Dec. 13. 

Around the UFT | December 4, 2014 >>

Everyone at PS 196 in the Bronx took part in raising an extraordinary $8,000 in the school’s third annual Cancer Walkathon on Oct. 22.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

There was plenty to be thankful for on Saturday, Nov. 22, when the UFT welcomed 150 children from local homeless shelters to its headquarters for its first Thanksgiving luncheon. The children — who ranged in age from 2 to 15 — left with brand-new winter coats and accessories donated by UFT members.

News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

UFT members from MS 80 in the Bronx, who were walking in memory of a teacher who died of breast cancer in June, were among the thousands of UFT members who participated in this year’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk.

Around the UFT | November 6, 2014 >>

UFT members from schools in the Bronx had fun while raising $450 to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at the third annual Zumba class fundraiser on Oct. 2.

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.

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