From ice cream socials to balloons to superhero costumes, UFT members around the city found unique ways to commemorate the first citywide celebration of public schools on May 4.
“It was a great way to show our students to be proud of their education and support everyone involved,” said Colleen Kobayashi, a teacher at PS 134 in St. Albans, Queens, where students and teachers wore brightly colored socks and shoes to demonstrate that they “run crazy for education.”
“With ‘education reformers’ spending millions of dollars trying to undermine our public schools, it was important to get the word out about the incredible teaching and learning that is happening every day in classrooms,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
On the heels of spring break, the day was a welcome opportunity for students and teachers to re-energize and emphasize the things that make their schools special. At Curtis HS in St. George, Staten Island, students mingled at a health and wellness fair and participated in healthy cooking and exercise demonstrations. At PS 65 in Jamaica, Queens, the school held an open house for incoming kindergartners. The International School for Liberal Arts in Kingsbridge, the Bronx, opened its doors to offer tours of the school.
At many schools, members wore school colors and T-shirts to demonstrate solidarity. At others, educators enjoyed student performances, shared special meals or wrote notes expressing gratitude for their colleagues and school communities.
Throughout the day, members shared photos on social media using the hashtag #CelebrateOurSchools.