NYSUT hosts telethon (update video, photos)

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As we update this blog post, Martin Messner of the Schoharie TA returns a call. Despite prior reports that school would be in session today, it’s delayed until Monday, Sept. 17. No school this week as emergency services have taken over the school. Groups of teachers still meet each morning and then fan out into [...]

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Things flooding teaches you

Bring a squeegee . Bring several pairs of¬†gloves. Brings lots of friends to help. It’s exhausting getting water-soaked items out of a house. Mud is even heavier. Folks I am exhausted and I don’t have the technology here at my house to download the photos I took today. You can see some of them if [...]

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Schalmont scrambling to help

As soon as Hurricane Irene hit their area, Schalmont TA president Mary Beth Flatley said calls started coming in to her from teachers asking how they could help. Many students and their families — and at least three teachers — have ¬†homes in Rotterdam Junction that were severely flooded and will likely be condemned, Flatley [...]

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Assistance for union members impacted by Irene

Union members living in areas impacted by Hurricane Irene, who participate in Union Plus programs may be eligible for financial assistance. Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to help participants in the Union Plus Credit Card, Insurance or Mortgage programs who are facing financial hardship due to the recent severe weather. The [...]

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Help needed for Schalmont students

The Schalmont Central School District is collecting children’s clothing with backpacks and supplies to help students impacted by Hurricane Irene, particularly those who live in Rotterdam Junction. Money gift cards, household items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, first aid supplies and nonperishable food are also being collected. Drop off at Jefferson Elementary School. For more information, call [...]

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Schoharie needs your help

The good news is the roads have opened in Schoharie. Can you help this community clean up? Tomorrow (Thursday) Schoharie TA members are going house to house to help clean up homes. Bring shovels, rakes, water bottles and a sense of humor. Wear boots and gloves and your union shirt. We meet at 8 a.m. [...]

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Eyewitness report: A ‘total disaster’ (update)

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Updated at 12:26 p.m.: Susan Peters of Middleburgh Teachers Association tweets that up to 65 inches of water stands in the Middleburgh High School cafeteria. The technology classrooms are inundated and the gym floor is ruined. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the thousands still impacted by Hurricane Irene. That link is to the Daily [...]

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