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healthy schools

Feature stories | May 2, 2019 >>

What started in October with one tray of basil at PS 349 in Jamaica, Queens, has grown into a hydroponics greenhouse, now ripe with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, basil and parsley.

News | March 27, 2019 >>

Public schools can win cash prizes for their school by applying for the Department of Sanitation’s Zero Waste Schools Contests.

Feature stories | March 7, 2019 >>

Vital Brooklyn, a collaboration between the UFT, the state Department of Agriculture and Grow New York City, aims to promote healthy and affordable eating through fresh produce markets at schools in central Brooklyn that are in some of the state's most disadvantaged communities.

News stories | November 1, 2018 >>

With the UFT’s help, a problem at the International HS at Prospect Heights is now water under the bridge and a state-of-the-art water station is making a big splash.

Editorials | September 7, 2017 >>

It’s a big win for our students: This year, virtually all New York City public schools will offer universal free lunch. The UFT helped to make it happen. UFT members and officers testified at hearings, lobbied Mayor Bill de Blasio and spread the word through social media, rallies and regular news conferences.

National education and labor news | June 1, 2017 >>

In one of his first regulatory acts as agriculture secretary, Trump appointee Sonny Perdue moved to scale back healthy school lunch standards promoted by former first lady Michelle Obama as part of her campaign to fight childhood obesity.

Around the UFT | June 1, 2017 >>

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of a new school-based health clinic on May 11 at the Community Health Academy of the Heights, one of the UFT’s 28 Community Learning Schools.

Feature stories | January 5, 2017 >>

The culmination of a recent lesson at PS 294 in the Bronx was making and eating healthy, vegetarian tacos. Hugo ate his taco in one big bite.

News stories | January 5, 2017 >>

The UFT and other members of the Lunch 4 Learning coalition on Dec. 15 delivered to City Hall more than 9,000 postcards from public school parents asking to fund free school lunch for all 1.1 million New York City public school children.

News stories | December 1, 2016 >>

For most public school students in New York City, the old adage holds true: There’s no such thing as a free lunch. But a coalition of labor unions including the UFT, food advocates, elected officials and educators is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to change that.


Op-Eds | November 28, 2016 >>

While there is very little we can do in the hours when students leave our care, it is imperative that we use whatever power we do have to make sure that during the school day, every student has access to nutritious food.

Feature stories | July 7, 2016 >>

The outdoor garden at East Village Community School is a magical place, and for several hours each week, it becomes an outdoor classroom for pre-K, kindergarten and 1st-grade students.

Feature stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Working together, 3rd- through 5th-grade chefs at the afternoon family cooking class at PS 37 in Springfield Gardens turned out delicious fish tacos, fluffy brown rice and a crunchy red cabbage salad that tasted as good as it looked.

Testimony | January 25, 2016 >>

The UFT submitted this testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding Breakfast in the Classroom and Int. 0773-2015: Mandating School Meal Participation Reporting.

Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, 5th-grade teacher Beth Reed at the Brooklyn Arbor School has prepared the lesson: stuffed acorn squash.


News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Putting a silver lining around one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, four Brooklyn schools on Nov. 18 formally launched the Greenpoint Eco-Schools Project, a major conservation and recycling program.

Feature stories | September 10, 2015 >>

With students on the team clustered in a semi-circle to watch, the coach and one of their teammates demonstrate a technique known as the two-on-one tie-up. 


Around the UFT | June 4, 2015 >>

The excitement that the District 25 Basketball League generates was on display on May 12, when the co-ed league staged its All Star Basketball Showcase at Martin Van Buren HS in Queens Village.

New teacher profiles | June 4, 2015 >>

Tyler Spielberg, a wellness teacher and basketball coach at Quest to Learn, a new middle and high school in Chelsea, uses his fashion sense and common sense to teach and reach that prickly population known as middle schoolers.

Around the UFT | May 7, 2015 >>

“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” said Dr. Daniel Olivero about his return to PS 18 in the South Bronx, his alma mater, on a recent mission to convince 2nd-graders — including his son — about the importance of whole grain foods in their diets.

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