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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.

News stories | December 7, 2017 >>

You can help by making a donation to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund to support Operation Agua, an AFT initiative that brings water purification systems to Puerto Rican families. A $30 donation is enough to provide one in-home purifier that filters up to 24 liters of safe water per day to a family in need.

Around the UFT | December 7, 2017 >>

PS 209 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, donated more than $1,000 to help the UFT provide homeless children with winter clothes at its annual Thanksgiving luncheon.

News stories | December 7, 2017 >>

There were new winter coats and accessories, fun activities and a Thanksgiving feast for 150 homeless students at the UFT's annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.

Feature stories | November 2, 2017 >>

Hold on to your hats! Students at PS 55 in Queens designed creative head coverings and held a hat parade to raise more than $600 for Heavenly Hats, an organization that helps cancer patients by providing them with wigs, scarves, hats and other head gear.

News stories | November 2, 2017 >>

UFT members in all five boroughs, Long Island and New Jersey put their pink to the pavement to help raise funds and awareness at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on Oct. 15.

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