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News stories | July 6, 2017 >>

There is reason for optimism about the future knowing it will be in the hands of the 189 students who won Albert Shanker college scholarships presented at the awards ceremony on May 23.

Around the UFT | July 6, 2017 >>

More than a thousand students from middle and high schools citywide came to UFT headquarters on May 25 for the annual Prom Boutique, where they chose outfits for their special nights.

News stories | June 1, 2017 >>

A resounding feeling of togetherness characterized this year’s UFT 5K Family Run/Walk, which took place on May 6 in Coney Island.


Around the UFT | June 1, 2017 >>

Nearly 600 middle and high school girls, including groups from around the city that traveled on 10 UFT-sponsored buses, went "shopping" at the Prom Boutique on April 29 at Nassau Community College on Long Island.

Around the UFT | June 1, 2017 >>

IS 93 Chapter Leader Subrina Cek, who passed away in February, was paid tribute at the UFT’s annual District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance, which drew more than 300 educators and other members of the public school community on April 25.

Around the UFT | June 1, 2017 >>

More than 400 people attended the union’s inaugural District 11 Scholarship Dinner Dance on April 26.

Feature stories | January 5, 2017 >>

Christmas came early for the 112 homeless children who gathered at UFT headquarters on Dec. 10 for the annual UFT/Coalition for the Homeless holiday party. 


Around the UFT | December 1, 2016 >>

“Nothing is as exciting to kids as a new pencil,” says Karen Rost, the chapter leader at PS 59, a UFT Community Learning School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Around the UFT | December 1, 2016 >>

Jessica Amato teaches English language arts to 7th-graders at IS 259 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. When a student asked her, “What is a veteran?” Amato said she “knew we had to do something on Veterans Day."

Feature stories | December 1, 2016 >>

There were turkeys galore at the UFT’s third annual Thanksgiving luncheon for 150 homeless students on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Around the UFT | December 1, 2016 >>

Brooklyn author-illustrator Brendan Wenzel visited students at PS 189 in Crown Heights and inspired them to do their own writing and drawing.

Feature stories | December 1, 2016 >>

Learning Leaders, the largest organization in New York City dedicated to supporting student success through parental and community involvement, has made an imprint on PS 20 in Flushing, Queens.

News stories | November 3, 2016 >>

Thousands of UFT members joined the annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer walks on Sunday, Oct. 16, including Kendra Williams, a teacher at PS 157 in the Bronx and breast cancer survivor.

Around the UFT | November 3, 2016 >>

Melissa Rodriguez found a new use for a stroller. At her first First Book event sponsored by the UFT, with 1-year-old son Noel sitting in front, Rodriguez stuffed their allotment of 50 books behind him.

Editorials | July 7, 2016 >>

Learning doesn’t stop when the school day ends. For more than 35 years, the UFT’s Dial-A-Teacher program has been a resource that thousands of New York City public school students turn to for help with their homework after school.

Feature stories | July 7, 2016 >>

The UFT and its partners have distributed more than a quarter of a million free books to New York City children in need through First Book over the past three years.

Feature stories | July 7, 2016 >>

I ran into a boy who was my student in grade 2 at the UFT’s Thanksgiving meal  for homeless students. When I decided to volunteer for the luncheon, I never expected to end up crying. My former student and I recognized each other right away, and he didn’t leave my side all day. It all hit home for me when I saw him there. How sad I was to see him and his family going through a housing crisis.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

Students and staff of Maxwell Career and Technical Education HS added a fundraising Lupus Walk to their annual senior class picnic at Forest Park in Queens on June 11 in honor of Jacqueline Rodrigues-Smith, a veteran science teacher and the school’s track coach who died in March at age 45 of the chronic, autoimmune disease.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

Two hundred middle school students from around the city converged on a storefront near UFT headquarters in Manhattan on June 3 to try on prom attire donated by UFT middle school members.

Around the UFT | July 7, 2016 >>

When Gotham Professional Arts Academy resource coordinator Allison Brown learned that the nonprofit Rebuilding Together NYC organizes corporate volunteer days to help renovate low-income homes and schools throughout the city, she knew the perfect recipient: her own high school.

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