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Kasha Amar (left), a teacher at IS 232 in the Bronx, and Tanya Mohan, a teacher at Boys and Girls HS in Brooklyn, pick up back-to-school supplies at the UFT tent.

Harlem tradition
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Hilarie Noel and Anaiah Stroman show off the visor and notebook they won when they played “Spin the UFT Wheel.”

Harlem Week is special for Charity Phalo-Davis. A teacher at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice in Morrisania, she strolled through the yard at PS 175 in Harlem with her husband, Quincy, and their 2-year-old son during the event’s Children’s Festival on Aug. 18.

“We attend every year and find out more information about events in the neighborhood,” she said. It’s also a way, she said, for the children in her class to get free back-to-school supplies, courtesy of the UFT.

The union has partnered with Harlem Week for the past 25 years to make sure students and their families are armed with the tools they’ll need to succeed in the new school year. This year, the union gave away notebooks, rulers, pens, pencils and highlighters to educators, parents and students.

“We think this is one of the most important ways to support students and to make sure parents know we’re invested in their success, too,” said Anthony Harmon, the UFT director of parent and community outreach. In addition to the UFT tent, the Children’s Festival featured activities such as crafts and face painting.

“It was very nice,” said Melba Perry, a paraprofessional at PS 287 in Brooklyn and another of the hundreds of people from around the city who attended the festival. She praised the union for giving out supplies to “children and families who can use the help.”

Harlem Week is a homecoming for Kasha Amar, a teacher at IS 232 in the Bronx, who also picked up notebooks for her students.

“I grew up in Harlem and I’ve been going to it all my life,” said Amar, who was happy to see the festival is still going strong. “Harlem Week is a tradition.”

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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Charity Phalo-Davis, a teacher at the Bronx School of Law, Government and Justice, is joined by her husband Quincy and their 2-year-old son at the annual Harlem Week Children’s Festival.

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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Kasha Amar (left), a teacher at IS 232 in the Bronx, and Tanya Mohan, a teacher at Boys and Girls HS in Brooklyn, pick up back-to-school supplies at the UFT tent.

Miller Photography
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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Doris DePrator, a UFT retiree, makes sure Alex, 5, and Harold Wilson receive their free school supplies.

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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Evelyn Ortiz (second from right), a teacher at PS 159 in the Bronx, enjoys the festival with (from left) Antonio Quintana and Mar Garcia, math teachers visiting from Madrid, and Savanah Lugo, a UFT intern.

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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Festival-goers gather around the UFT tent to pick up free school supplies, including pens, highlighters and notebooks.

Miller Photography
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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Hilarie Noel and Anaiah Stroman show off the visor and notebook they won when they played “Spin the UFT Wheel.”

Miller Photography
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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Melba Perry (left), a paraprofessional at PS 287 in Brooklyn, enjoys the festival with (from second left) UFT retiree Venice Shamsid-Deen, Vanessa Shamsid-Deen and Eartha Hicks.

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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Charity Phalo-Davis, a teacher at the Bronx School of Law, Government and Justice, is joined by her husband Quincy and their 2-year-old son at the annual Harlem Week Children’s Festival.

Miller Photography
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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Kasha Amar (left), a teacher at IS 232 in the Bronx, and Tanya Mohan, a teacher at Boys and Girls HS in Brooklyn, pick up back-to-school supplies at the UFT tent.

Miller Photography
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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Doris DePrator, a UFT retiree, makes sure Alex, 5, and Harold Wilson receive their free school supplies.

Miller Photography
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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Evelyn Ortiz (second from right), a teacher at PS 159 in the Bronx, enjoys the festival with (from left) Antonio Quintana and Mar Garcia, math teachers visiting from Madrid, and Savanah Lugo, a UFT intern.

Miller Photography
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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Festival-goers gather around the UFT tent to pick up free school supplies, including pens, highlighters and notebooks.

Miller Photography
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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Hilarie Noel and Anaiah Stroman show off the visor and notebook they won when they played “Spin the UFT Wheel.”

Miller Photography
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Harlem Week Children Festival 2019

Melba Perry (left), a paraprofessional at PS 287 in Brooklyn, enjoys the festival with (from second left) UFT retiree Venice Shamsid-Deen, Vanessa Shamsid-Deen and Eartha Hicks.

Miller Photography