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Erica Berger

Sporting big smiles and an impressive haul of books are (from left) 3K teacher Joy Green of PS 19, District 31 administrative assistant Stacie Magnus and Randi Murray, a 6th-grade math teacher at IS 24.

Nearly 100 UFT members and their families gathered up free books for their classrooms and home libraries on Feb. 1 at a First Book event for Staten Island members at the UFT's Staten Island borough office. The UFT's partnership with First Book, the nonprofit organization, brings free books to communities and children who might not otherwise have access to them. "Whether they had five books or 50 books," said UFT Staten Island Borough Representative Analia Gerard, "everybody who walked out of there walked out happy." Gerard said one member picked books to stock a lunchroom library because students can't go outside during lunch when it rains. Latifa Benson, a teacher at PS 65 in the Tompkinsville section of the borough, chose books for guided reading and possibly to start a book club. "Some students have mentioned they saw the movie 'Aladdin,' so I grabbed that book," she said.

Staten Island First Book event

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Staten Island First Book event

Teacher Eileen Tatarka from Staten Island’s PS 18 and her daughter, Julia, are happy with her book choice.

Erica Berger
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Staten Island First Book event

Attendees gather armloads of books from the multitude being offered.

Erica Berger
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Staten Island First Book event

Sebnem Curley, a paraprofessional at the Hungerford School, checks out her daughter Sarah's book choices.

Erica Berger
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Staten Island First Book event

Lisa-Marie Martinucci, a paraprofessional at McKee HS, considers one of the books.

Erica Berger
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Staten Island First Book event

Janine Lopez and Joseph Cupo, special education teachers at the P771 District 75 school in Brooklyn, count their selections together.

Erica Berger
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Staten Island First Book event

Rosa Perez (third from right), a bilingual teacher at PS 22, gets help loading her car from UFT Health and Safety Representative Alain Metellus and Mo Subera (right) of UFT staff.

Erica Berger
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Three women walking out of UFT headquarters

Sporting big smiles and an impressive haul of books are (from left) 3K teacher Joy Green of PS 19, District 31 administrative assistant Stacie Magnus and Randi Murray, a 6th-grade math teacher at IS 24.

Erica Berger
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Staten Island First Book event

Teacher Eileen Tatarka from Staten Island’s PS 18 and her daughter, Julia, are happy with her book choice.

Erica Berger
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Staten Island First Book event

Attendees gather armloads of books from the multitude being offered.

Erica Berger
Image
Staten Island First Book event

Sebnem Curley, a paraprofessional at the Hungerford School, checks out her daughter Sarah's book choices.

Erica Berger
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Staten Island First Book event

Lisa-Marie Martinucci, a paraprofessional at McKee HS, considers one of the books.

Erica Berger
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Staten Island First Book event

Janine Lopez and Joseph Cupo, special education teachers at the P771 District 75 school in Brooklyn, count their selections together.

Erica Berger
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Staten Island First Book event

Rosa Perez (third from right), a bilingual teacher at PS 22, gets help loading her car from UFT Health and Safety Representative Alain Metellus and Mo Subera (right) of UFT staff.

Erica Berger
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Three women walking out of UFT headquarters

Sporting big smiles and an impressive haul of books are (from left) 3K teacher Joy Green of PS 19, District 31 administrative assistant Stacie Magnus and Randi Murray, a 6th-grade math teacher at IS 24.

Erica Berger
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