Great needs provoke great response, (UPDATED)

Just want to update with these photos from the Professional Staff Congress members, who brought items for Binghamton school children to a union meeting last week.

The Adopt-to-School program for disaster relief has kicked into high gear, demonstrating yet again the astounding generosity of NYSUT members.

In the case of the Binghamton City School District, Assistant Superintendent Trina Newton notes they no longer have enough storage space to store all the books they are getting! (Note, if you have already contacted the district, then please follow through on your pledge of providing books or adopting a classroom. But if you haven’t, and have already started a book drive, think about sending books to another school or library. Here’s a link from the New York State Library Association.)

Back to Binghamton, what Newton says they do need now are:

  • plastic containers of all sorts and sizes;
  • area rugs;
  • bookshelves;
  • Target / Lowes / Home Depot gift cards to allow teachers and educators to purchase supplies.

Still no updates on whether the MacArthur Elementary school will be rebuilt or demolished.

A number of locals are still deciding on their efforts or have not completed their collection efforts. Here’s a recap about what we know certain locals are doing so far:

  • The Professional Staff Congress — adopting the kindergarten needs of the Binghamton schools. PSC members will be bringing items to an Oct. 27 union meeting.
  • The TA of Lindenhurst –$1,000 to the Owego TA to help them meet critical needs for their students.
  • The Council of Retired Teachers of Long Island —  about $1,000 for the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund.
  • The Yonkers Federation of Teachers –donating books that are requested on the Adopt a School site.
  • The Buffalo Federation of Teachers, Genesee Valley BOCES TA, North Babylon Teacher Organization and Freeport TA — all adopting classrooms in the Binghamton School District.
  • The Wayne TA and the state school counselors association — a book drive for MacArthur Elementary School in Binghamton. (500 books so far and counting!)
  • The United Federation of Teachers — $3,520 for upstate disaster relief efforts. (That’s in addition to their direct aid for the Schoharie insulation project.
  • Syosset TA — $1,000 for NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund.

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