Normally Felix Regalado drives his fifth-grade students at PS 65 in Queens to excel. On Sunday he was driving a U-Haul truck filled to the gills with TVs, VCRs, DVDs and carts all the way north on the Thruway to Albany and west to Schoharie. With him was Marilyn Manley, the UFT District Rep and Joan Doctor, a resource room teacher. This donation was just the latest in a series of donations from the United Federation of Teachers in New York City to flood-stricken areas upstate.
“We got the idea to do this after we helped with the insulation project over Columbus Day weekend,” Manley said. “It was heart-breaking to see all these homes with nothing because the flood waters had ruined all of their possessions.” The entire PS 65 community, all staff and administrators contributed toward the effort.
Here’s a slide show on the UFT’s recent efforts.
The other photos you see feature fifth-graders receiving boxes of supplies for Owego Elementary School. The UFT donated 200 Multicolored Construction Paper Packs, 200 Sketch Pads, 200 Storytelling Paper Packs, 200 Triangular Crayon Packs and 200 Watercolor Paint Sets to the children of the Owego Elementary school through NYSUT’s Local Helping Locals program.
The UFT was also essential to the Middleburgh TA’s efforts to raise just over $10,000 to benefit the flood victims of the Middleburgh school community.