Paraprofessionals are core members of every school community, and this year is the kickoff of the 50th anniversary of the UFT’s Paraprofessionals Chapter. To recognize paras and this special anniversary, UFT members are encouraged to honor a paraprofessional who has made outstanding contributions to their school, community and union. These activities can include community involvement in church, youth groups, volunteer work or any union-related activities such as phone banks, rallies or political action. Any UFT member can submit a nomination; however, paraprofessionals cannot nominate themselves. The nomination deadline is Nov. 15.