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Paras show off their T-shirts
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Staten Island paraprofessionals (from left) Lisa Percodani of PS 3, Marie Wausnock of PS 54, and Diane Messina and Linda Altini, both of PS 3, show off their T-shirts.

UFT members met at the Staten Island borough office on Feb. 6 to design T-shirts celebrating the 100th day of the school year on Feb. 14. Rachael Bulla, a teacher at PS 44 in the Mariners Harbor section, and Marie Rodriguez, the union's Staten Island parent and community liaison, helped participants use a Cricut (pronounced cricket), a die-cutting machine popular with crafters. Members brought their own T-shirts, and the copyright-free design "100 Days Brighter" was downloaded from the internet to the Cricut and transferred to the T-shirts with a heat press. "I was surprised by the enthusiasm," Bulla said. "Some people got a Cricut for Christmas but didn't know how to operate it. I showed them how to load the machine and find a design." Leslie McDonnell, an occupational therapist at PS 50 in Oakwood Heights, enjoyed the experience. "It's social networking with other members, helping other people and creating an end product," she said.

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