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10 million strong!

Hundreds of public school educators and families at the Graphic Communication Arts Educational Campus in Manhattan on May 11 to choose from 50,000 free books for children of all ages. The special event, along with four other book giveaways the same day in other parts of the country, was organized to celebrate the 10 million books given away through First Book nationwide. 

Paraprofessionals Chapter and Staten Island office blood drive

Thirty-five members donated at the March 13 blood drive sponsored by the UFT Paraparofessionals Chapter and the union's Staten Island Borough Office.

District 11 Scholarship Dinner Dance

About 425 school staff, students, community leaders and local elected officials packed Villa Barone Manor in the Bronx for the UFT District 11 Scholarship Dinner Dance, which raised more than $10,000 for scholarships for District 11 students.

Many happy (tax) returns and other helpful acts by former counselor

While many people were in the midst of holiday preparations or celebrations on Dec. 23, UFT retiree Theresa Hambel was taking a course on changes to federal tax law. It was part one of her annual training as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program tax preparer.

UFT holiday party and toy drive

The UFT decked the halls with joy and toys when it invited 100 students from 10 city shelters to UFT headquarters on Dec. 16 for its annual holiday party in partnership with the Coalition for the Homeless.

Thanksgiving Luncheon and Winter Coat Drive

Some 160 students living in temporary housing attended the UFT Middle Schools Division’s Thanksgiving Luncheon on Nov. 18 at UFT headquarters. At the end of the event, the children left with brand-new winter coats and accessories donated by UFT members or staff.