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Retirees step up for the hungry 2

Retirees step up for the hungry

More than 10,500 meals have been delivered from school cafeterias to neighborhood food pantries through a new UFT member-initiated School Meals 2 Pantries program on the Upper West Side.


Getting joy from helping others

Getting joy from helping others

"We know the pandemic did not affect all of us equally," said teacher Jamel Holmes, and he does what he can to ameliorate that at the East Bronx Academy for the Future. An Excellence in Education Award winner, Holmes delivers care packages to the families of former and current students, everything from food to hygiene products to laundry detergent to books. 

Community schools initiative launched

June 20, 2012: Community schools initiative launched

The UFT's community schools initiative, which now serves more than 20,000 students in 32 schools, launched on June 20, 2012, when it received financial support from the union and the City Council to begin with six schools that September.

Bringing home art 2

Bringing home art

Art teacher Yolanda Lyn considers art a means to emotional well-being. Teaching remotely has challenged her to create lessons that will help all her students at PS 194 in Harlem continue to feel connected to their classmates and to the world.

Teacher Victoriane Liz leads a discussion about budgeting with students during the advisory period.

Advisory powers

When middle school buildings reopened in March, the staff at IS 238/the Susan B. Anthony Academy in Hollis, Queens, wanted to make sure students were OK — not just academically, but emotionally, too. 

A woman wearing a mask sitting at an information desk smiles under the mask for a photo

Immediate support

Since Franklin D. Roosevelt HS in Brooklyn reopened in March for in-person learning, school counselors have been stationed in the lobby so they are more visible to students.

 East Elmhurst Community School mascot Lucy the Lion (teacher Caitlin Antompietri) greets students along the parade route

‘Pumped’ up!

UFT members at the East Elmhurst Community School in Queens organized a “Pump the Pride” community car parade to show off their school spirit and support families on March 12.

Students from Kingsbridge International HS “arrive” on Mars in this photo composite with NASA’s Perseverance rover.

Mission to Mars

Students from a 2019 astronomy class at Kingsbridge International HS in the Bronx were part of the historic Mars landing of NASA’s Perseverance rover in February.

Angela Stornaiuolo, a physical education teacher at PS 102 in Brooklyn,

Making connections in Tanzania

What do you do when your wedding in Sicily — in the church where your father was christened — has to be canceled due to the coronavirus? One Brooklyn educator decided to “take an epic honeymoon to Tanzania,” and benefit some schoolchildren to boot.

Kids in a class doing STEAM

Learning by doing

Following the philosophy that “students learn by doing,” an award-winning high school STEAM teacher in Brooklyn has gotten great results.