Dear parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists,
Happy New Year! I hope 2019 is off to a happy and healthy start.
Save the date for the 3rd annual Bronx UFT College Fair on March 22.
- Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
- Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Location: UFT Bronx borough office at 2500 Halsey St. Directions »
High school students, parents and counselors are invited to receive useful information on the various aspects of the college application process including admissions, financial aid and career and college readiness. Registration is available for school staff bringing groups of students. Parents attending with children are welcome to attend without registering ahead of time. For more details, see the flier.
Check out more upcoming events and news you can use below.
UFT Parent-Community Liaison
- Wednesday, Jan. 16: Come to a District 7 Town Hall with Chancellor Richard Carranza at PS18 at 502 Morris Ave. in the Bronx, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. On-site interpretation services will be available. Don't miss this excellent opportunity to have your issues and concerns addressed! See the flier in English » or in Spanish »
- Thursday, Jan. 24: Join the New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps at a free emergency preparedness course sponsored by the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services at the UFT Bronx borough office at 4 p.m. Participants will receive a free preparedness kit and gain valuable tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster, respond accordingly and recover quickly. If you wish to attend, please register online »
This course will also be offered at the same time and location on Wednesday, May 15.
- Sunday, Jan. 27: A service honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., titled Let Freedom Ring, will be held at the First AME Church: Bethel at 50 W. 132nd St. in Manhattan. The event is sponsored by the New York Branch NAACP and will feature a speech by Rev. Henry A. Belin III, second vice president of the NY Branch NAACP. Download the flier »
- Saturday, Feb. 2: My Brother's Keeper and the Eagle Academy for Young Men will cohost an event to help young men improve their financial literacy at the Eagle Academy for Young Men at 4143 Third Ave. in the Bronx. For more information, see the event listing »
News you can use
- UFT Be BRAVE Against Bullying video contest: NYC public school students are invited to submit a three- to five-minute video about bullying and intolerance by April 9. The winning videos will be featured on the UFT BRAVE Facebook page and at UFT events, and winners will be invited to an awards ceremony on Friday, May 17. See the flier »
- Apply for scholarship money from the UFT: Each year, the UFT awards more than $1 million in college scholarship money to academically excellent and financially eligible public school students. Apply for a $5,000 scholarship from the UFT Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund before the deadline of Jan. 31. Learn more and apply »
- 2019 Kids’ Night on Broadway on Tuesday, Feb. 26: Kids' Night on Broadway tickets are on sale now. Kids 18 and under can see a participating show, including The Lion King, My Fair Lady and Wicked, for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A Kids' Night on Broadway ticket also includes restaurant discounts, parking discounts and more. Select shows will offer in-theater activities for kids including talkbacks and activity books. A few shows are sold out but many great shows are still available. Get your tickets now »
- Grant money for high school juniors: The Bezos Scholars Program helps young people launch local community change projects that align their unique passions with a community need. The program is open to high school juniors and includes an all-expenses-paid trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival, ongoing support and a $1,000 grant. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 8. Learn more and apply »
- Snow removal employment: Register with the city as a temporary snow laborer at any sanitation garage on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Pay is $15 per hour and increases to $22.50 after working 40 hours a week. For details and criteria, visit the City of New York website »
- Use your library card for free museum admissions: The Culture Pass program grants library card holders free admission to NYC museums and attractions. Find out more »
- UFT resources for homework and bullying help: Don't forget that help is always available to you from two UFT programs: Dial-A-Teacher and BRAVE.
- The Dial-A-Teacher hotline, 212-777-3380, provides homework help to elementary and middle school students on Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. when school is in session. Learn more about Dial-A-Teacher on the UFT website »
- The UFT's BRAVE Campaign (Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education) works to create safe spaces for children who are the victims of bullying or who are themselves bullying other students. BRAVE's help hotline, 212-709-3222, is just one of its resources. You can also text "BRAVE" to 43961 to get support via text, and there are anti-bullying workshops you can bring to your parent-teacher association. Learn more about BRAVE on the UFT website »