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Feature stories | April 7, 2016 >>
Even after a Jan. 12 blaze gutted his Bronx apartment, his family members escaping with only the clothes on their backs and landing in a Harlem homeless shelter, custodian Ralph Nelson reported to work at his Flushing middle school, just as he had for 39 years.
Feature stories | January 7, 2016 >>
When that other iconic winter figure — Queen Elsa — glided into the room at the holiday party thrown by the UFT and the Coalition for the Homeless at union headquarters on Dec. 12, children gasped and cheered as if they had just seen Santa Claus himself.
Around the UFT | January 7, 2016 >>
When winter winds finally start howling around here, scores of children from neighborhood homeless shelters in Harlem will be ready with brand new mittens, scarves, hats, coats and sweaters to help keep them warm.
Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>
The decibel level was off the charts as 150 children from homeless shelters across the city celebrated Thanksgiving at UFT headquarters on Saturday, Nov. 21, before heading home with new winter jackets, scarves, hats and gloves donated by members and others.
Around the UFT | December 3, 2015 >>
The Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens took place later this year, but was no less memorable.
Feature stories | November 5, 2015 >>
Twice each year — for one day in the fall and a week every spring — the students at Gaynor McCown Expeditionary Learning School officially make like their school’s namesake and dedicate themselves to various forms of community service.
Third-graders in room 205 at PS 198 in East Flatbush especially relished their pizza party on Oct. 23 because it was a celebration marking their achievement of collecting the most dimes — $152.10 worth — in the school’s drive to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
They came with oversized bags and shopping carts, waiting patiently in the unseasonably cold weather on a line that stretched around the block.
While they may never be van Goghs, 50 UFT members raised $1,000 for breast cancer research while trying to reproduce the Brooklyn Bridge in watercolors at Paint Nite at the Staten Island UFT borough office on Oct. 2.
Around the UFT | October 1, 2015 >>
Students, teachers and parents formed a huge peace symbol in the schoolyard of PS 69 in Jackson Heights in celebration of International Peace Day on Sept. 21.
Around the UFT | July 10, 2015 >>
In the sixth annual Art of Giving event organized by Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford, 5th-graders at PS 51 in Manhattan donated their artwork to brighten the hallways of the Henry J. Carter Hospital and Nursing Facility on June 8.
News stories | June 4, 2015 >>
More than 300 runners and walkers made waves on the Coney Island boardwalk on May 9 at the UFT’s second annual 5K Family Run, which raised more than $15,000 for the UFT Disaster Relief Fund to benefit survivors of the Nepal earthquake.
Around the UFT | May 7, 2015 >>
Six chapter leaders were honored on April 16 at the District 21 UFT Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance, an annual event in which the school communities in the southern part of Brooklyn gather to celebrate their own.
Around the UFT | May 7, 2015 >>
The annual District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance puts “a spotlight on all the wonderful things that are going on in our district,” says UFT District 24 Representative Rosemary Parker.
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.