Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day — love for public schools, that is. In the face of the threat to public education posed by the Trump administration and its new education secretary Betsy DeVos, educators, students and parents across the city demonstrated why they love their public schools.
At many schools, hundreds of hearts covered the walls, decorated with students’ and teachers’ heartfelt odes to their schools. At PS 163 on the Upper West Side, a student wrote, “I love PS 163 because of all the kind, wonderful teachers that push you to reach your highest potential.” A teacher at Long Island City HS wrote, “As someone who was taught in public schools, whose parents taught in public schools and who went on to work in public schools, there is nowhere I would rather be.”
Some teachers took advantage of the day’s proximity to the 100th day of school. At PS 54 in Richmond Hill, Queens, students celebrated “100 acts of kindness.” At PS 748 in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, students demonstrated “100 reasons to love PS 748.”
Other schools made the day a community affair. PS 191 in Floral Park, Queens, hosted a basketball game with neighboring PS 205. At a District 24 pre-K center in Queens, parents wrote messages for the staff. “Every one of them is attentive and caring,” wrote one parent.
Hundreds of UFT members shared photos on Feb. 14 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the #PublicSchoolProud hashtag to ensure that their important message about the value of public education would reverberate far and wide.
The day served as a fitting kickoff for the UFT’s #PublicSchoolProud campaign showcasing the joys of teaching and learning in New York City’s public schools.
To see all the photos from Feb. 14, visit the #PublicSchoolProud campaign website.
You are invited to join to join the campaign.