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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Family comes in many forms. And many sizes. Trishana Brown, a 19-year-old high school senior, has one that’s as big as a school community.
Thanks to the Art of Giving, the framed artwork of kindergarten, 1st- and 3rd-grade students at PS 18 in Mott Haven now hangs on the walls of the Lincoln Medical Center to the delight of patients, visitors and staff.
News stories | June 2, 2016 >>
The Food Bank for New York City, which each year helps feed more than a million New Yorkers — including thousands of children — was this year’s recipient of the UFT’s John Dewey Award.
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.