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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.
Around the UFT | March 6, 2014 >>
When the teachers, staff and parents of PS 69 in Jackson Heights learned about the typhoon in the Philippines in November, they sprung into action. The total donated to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund: $4,742.
Around the UFT | October 17, 2013 >>
New York City students joined WPIX-TV weatherman Mr. G for the Coalition for the Homeless’ sixth annual backpack giveaway co-sponsored by the UFT on Sept. 19.
News stories | September 26, 2013 >>
Union members have until Oct. 3 to file for financial compensation for economic losses they suffered from working or living around the World Trade Center site after 9/11. However, those suffering from illnesses related to 9/11 have lots of time to seek free health benefits.
Feature stories | September 26, 2013 >>
What was once an empty lot and an eyesore is now a treasured new park for the Morrisania community in the south Bronx to enjoy thanks in part to the imagination and industry of students and staff from nearby PS 159.
Feature stories | June 13, 2013 >>
Nearly a thousand teachers, parents and other community members in the Bronx thronged to an event distributing free books for classrooms, homes and homeless shelters. It was sponsored by the UFT, the AFT and the non-profit First Book.
Around the UFT | June 13, 2013 >>
Teachers and administrators broke bread together, a deejay spun tunes, and 18 kids from all grade levels were winners at the UFT District 26 Scholarship Dinner Dance.
Around the UFT | June 13, 2013 >>
District 21 dedicated its 30th annual UFT Scholarship Dinner Dance on May 21 to those in the community who helped one another in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Feature stories | May 30, 2013 >>
Your gown sweeps the floor as you dance surrounded by laughter, music, guys in tuxedos, grown-up elegance, farewells. You can’t believe high school is nearly over, forever!
Around the UFT | May 30, 2013 >>
The contributions of four new awardees as well as 10 former awardees were celebrated at the UFT Hispanic Affairs Committee’s 10th annual Heritage Celebration and Awards Gala on May 15.
Around the UFT | May 16, 2013 >>
Like many handmade quilts, the one created by students at PS/MS 34 in Manhattan tells a story: not of prairie harvests or mountain weddings but of an urban tragedy that happened on Sept. 11, 2001.
Around the UFT | May 2, 2013 >>
Dozens of outstanding children graduating from elementary and middle schools in Brooklyn District 20 will be getting a boost thanks to funds raised through the district’s annual scholarship dinner dance.
As they have a reputation for doing, Bronx UCAN volunteers rose to the occasion in the name of helping others, this time for a cancer prevention study on March 2.
At PS 299 in Bushwick, the 3rd-graders raised money to help families made homeless by Hurricane Sandy, while a 4th-grade class organized a can drive for Sandy victims.
Students left their school, PS 18 in the South Bronx, on March 4 with bags full of food to bring home to their families. The food bags kicked off a food pantry program at the school, which is one of the UFT’s six Community Learning Schools piloting a model that transforms school buildings into hubs that strengthen the entire community.
Feature stories | February 14, 2013 >>
Students and staff from an elementary school in Mahopac in Putnam County arrived at PS 39 on Staten Island on Jan. 31 to donate 4,000 books to students from that school and nearby PS 38 and PS 41, whose neighborhoods bore the brunt of the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy.
A lifelong resident of District 20, where she attended PS 186, IS 96 and New Utrecht HS, Laurie Windsor devotes her free time to ensure that the neighborhood and its schools stay strong for this generation. Now a resident of Bath Beach, Windsor has served on the District 20 Community Education Council as treasurer, vice president and now president for eight years and is active on two School Leadership Teams.
Beverly Reid is a mainstay at CS 300 in the Bronx. A daily volunteer in the East Tremont school, “Miss Beverly” is cited by Principal Venessa Singleton for her “commitment and caring” and her willingness to go “above and beyond.”
“If any PTA president and parent volunteer ever deserved recognition, it’s Jimmy Orr,” said Chapter Leader Andrea Carte of PS 114 in Brooklyn’s Canarsie neighborhood. He makes sure that technology is up to par and solves any glitch that’s called to his attention. A native of the area and a graduate of South Shore HS, Orr was a New York City policeman for eight years when he was injured on the job. He opted to become a stay-at-home dad 12 years ago. Soon he became a community activist and a full-time volunteer at both PS 114 and MS 366, where his children are enrolled.