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Harlem tradition still going strong

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.

A 1st-grader reads a book.

First Book giveaway

The line stretched around PS 160 in Jamaica, Queens, and down the block at the UFT’s First Book giveaway on June 1. The incentive: 40,000 free books.

Students at PS 81in Brooklyn marched through the neighborhood with signs demanding clean drinking water.

Civics education

For many people, civics is synonymous with social studies. But the UFT's teacher working group on civics education feel strongly that the lessons of civics are applicable in every classroom.

Katelyn Maldonado (left), a teacher at IS 217 in the Bronx, is impressed by her

Prom boutique

More than 2,000 middle and high schoolers from New York City public schools went to the UFT’s prom boutique on May 10-11 at the union’s Bronx borough office where they picked out dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories for their proms and graduations – and took them home for free.

Awaiting their turn on stage, winners listen to guest speakers.

Realizing their dreams

The UFT presented $5,000 Albert Shanker Scholarships to 180 seniors from public high schools throughout the city and also honored eight graduate students on May 14 at a reception and ceremony in Shanker Hall at union headquarters in Manhattan. The ceremony marked the 50th anniversary of the annual $1 million scholarship awards celebration.

Runners young and old take off at the start of the event at MCU Park in Brooklyn

A home run for disaster relief efforts

The UFT’s sixth annual 5K run/walk took educators and students from the smartboard to the boardwalk on May 11, as participants laced up their sneakers for a jaunt along the shore at Coney Island.

The PS/IS 184 mascot keeps the beat for the school’s drum line.

‘We’re building whole children’

At the annual showcase designed to promote the accomplishments of the newly renamed UFT United Community Schools Initiative, the spotlight was on PS/IS 184 in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

The delegation that delivered supplies to the U.S. Virgin Islands included UFT P

Unions to the rescue

Thanks to a partnership between the UFT, NYSUT and the AFT, every single teacher in the U.S. Virgin Islands — 1,400 in all — received a tote bag full of school supplies to help their classrooms recover from the 2017 hurricanes that devastated the islands.

MS 247 teacher Sasha Arias (second from right) and three of the students in the

Planting seeds of change at Manhattan school

A new community service club at MS 247 in Manhattan is changing the lives of its student members and the people their projects benefit.

Chapter Advocate Rashad Brown dons a turkey costume to the delight of children d

The true meaning of the holiday

Jackie Herman, the chapter leader at IS 98 in Brooklyn, has volunteered every year at the Thanksgiving Luncheon that the UFT Middle School Division hosts with the Coalition for the Homeless since it was first held five years ago. But the event never ceases to pull at her heartstrings.