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April 27, 2010

NYSUT Community Service Awards 2010

Source: NYSUT Awards and Honors

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IN-SERVICE

Beth Atkinson
Hicksville Congress of Teachers

Marjorie Hyland
Pine Bush Teachers Association

Amy Jensen-Helmer
Hilton Central School Teachers Association

Bruce Kinisky
Harrison Association of Teachers

Colleen Kretz
Amityville Teachers Association

Alice Marques
Commack Teachers Association

RETIREES

Judy Berg
Westchester/Putnam
ED#52 & RC#15/16

Dorothy Brochon
West Hempstead EA
ED#52 & RC#18

Beverly Buddle
ED#52 & RC#12

Loretta Calilli
UFT
ED#53 & RC#2

Florence Caruso
UFT
ED#53 & RC#2

Helen Chin
UFT
ED#53 & RC#2

Fernella Cooper
UFT
ED#53 & RC#2

Phyllis Dansby Fisher
UFT
ED#53 & RC#2

Nancy Fradenburg
Canastota Retired Educators
ED#51 & RC#8

Arline Frey
Yonkers Federation of Teachers
ED#52 & RC#15/16

Nancy Lang
Grand Island TA
ED#51 & RC#1

Rene Langlois Albritton
UFT
ED#53 & RC#2

Tom Lyon
Three Village Retirees TA
ED#52 & RC#23

Judith Mankita
Bellmore-Merrick Retiree TA
ED#52 & RC#17

Phoebe Martuscello
Marlboro FA
ED#51 & RC#13

Regina Olff
UFT
ED#53 & RC#2

Warner Page
ED#51 & RC#4

Suzanne Palilotta
UFT
ED#53 & RC#2

Majory Schuster
ED#51 & RC#7

Patricia Shurn Thompson
Rochester TA
ED#51 & RC#5

Louise Sorrell
Champlain Valley Council of Retirees
ED#51 & RC#9

Kathy Williams-Ging
Retirees of Brentwood Schools
ED#52 & RC#21


NYSUT Life Line Honor Roll

Susan Bachety
No. Babylon TA
Performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a choking student, saving the student's life.

Scott Hecht
Bay Shore Classroom TA
Removed two teens from a burning truck moments before the truck exploded, saving the teens' lives.

Gerald Placente
Poughkeepsie Public School TA
Saved a young girl from drowning in adverse conditions of the ocean caused by a riptide.

UFT Life Line Honor Roll

  • Shelvy Young Abrams
  • Karen & Jamal Alford
  • Arlevia DeLoatch
  • Jason Goldman
  • Anthony Harmon
  • Carol Harrison
  • Janella Hinds
  • Tammie Miller
  • Michael Mulgrew
  • Marvin Reiskin
  • Sterling Roberson
  • Hector Ruiz
  • Theresa Samuels
  • Ualin & Kevin Smith
  • ina Tribble

When NYSUT member Armando Blasse collapsed during the Annual Legislative Conference of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican and Asian Legislators in February of 2009, several UFT members rushed to his aid. They delivered emergency first aid response, took shifts at the hospital, cared for his family, and provided immeasurable support during these difficult circumstances, in which unfortunately Armando could not be saved.


Local Community Service Awards

Created as a result of a resolution passed at the 1996 NYSUT RA, this award recognizes those locals that have made a collective and sustained contribution to community service during the previous year. The efforts on the part of these locals have not only enhanced the learning opportunities of students but also enriched the quality of life in their communities.

Amityville Teachers Association
Carolyn A. Dodd, President

The Amityville Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing $3,000 to the Senior Scholarship Fund.
  • Contributing $6,000 to the American Cancer Society.
  • Contributing $4,000 to pre-K-12 Writing and Math contests.
  • Supporting Special Olympics, Kiwanis Mentor Program and Little League Teams.

Arlington Teachers Association
Robert F. Maier, President

The Arlington Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing $3,000 to the Arlington Education Foundation.
  • Contributing $6,000 to the March of Dimes.
  • Raising over $19,000 for Relay for Life - American Cancer Society.
  • Sponsoring several sports teams and environmental clean up days.

Bay Shore Classroom Teachers Association
Darlene C. Darch, President

The Bay Shore Classroom Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing $12,000 to the Dollars for Scholars program.
  • Contributing $4,000 to the American Cancer Society.
  • Contributing $3,000 to the local board elections and budget vote.
  • Contributing $3,500 to the Bay Shore Community Summit.

Bedford Teachers Association
Adam H. Yuro, President

The Bedford Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating 5,000 pounds of food to the local needy.
  • Contributing $4,500 to the local needy.
  • Organizing and participating in contests to raise funds for scholarships.
  • Adopting local streets for the Mt. Kisco Beautification Program.

Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers
Michael M. Dolber, President

The Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Supporting post prom party and prevent DWI seminar.
  • Raising funds for local homeless and addiction centers.
  • Raising funds for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Distributing toys to the local hospital's children's wing, psychiatric wing and burn unit.

Bethpage Congress of Teachers
Karen Thomas, President

The Bethpage Congress of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Sponsoring student/faculty talent show with funds going to various charities.
  • Awarding scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Sponsoring a Challenge Day promoting a safe community through tolerance and respect.

Buffalo Teachers Federation
Philip Rumore, President

The Buffalo Teachers Federation has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Providing food to 320 families during the annual Thanksgiving food drive.
  • Awarding scholarships to students through the Make a Dream Come True Scholarship fund.
  • Sponsoring 32 public service announcements on radioand TV regarding H1N1 virus and proper protocols.
  • Distributing 50,000 certificates for teachers to use to recognize good behavior.

Carthage Teachers Association
Patricia A. Sheehan, President

The Carthage Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $8,500 for the United Way.
  • Raising $1,360 in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Providing $2,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Conducting a Bone Marrow Registry Day with 200 donors registering.

Cassadaga Valley Faculty Association
John R. Ognibene, President

The Cassadaga Valley Faculty Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating to a family in the district that lost their home in a fire.
  • Awarding $4,800 to graduating seniors.
  • Participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, Special Olympics and food pantries.
  • Assisting a teacher in need of a kidney transplant.

Central Islip Teachers Association
Robert G. Molinaro, President

The Central Islip Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating time and food for Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Dinner.
  • Awarding $44,000 to graduating seniors.
  • Sponsoring food for movie night for needy and multi-cultural event.
  • Sponsoring a safe and free Halloween evening at the high school.

Cheektowaga Central Teachers Association
Jeffrey S. Kuemmel, President

The Cheektowaga Central Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating $1,200 to holiday Adopt-A-Family drive.
  • Sponsoring a sleep out for donations to a homeless shelter.
  • Awarding $1,200 to students pursuing a degree in education.
  • Collecting and distributing school supplies to needy students.

Commack Teachers Association
William L. Matejka, President

The Commack Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in communityservice. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing $6,100 to Autism Awareness.
  • Donating over 100 dresses to Project Heal.
  • Donating over 75 boxes of supplies for Support Our Troops Day.
  • Awarding scholarships to graduating seniors.

Eastchester Teachers Association
Rhonda J. Homes, President

The Eastchester Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Sponsoring high school musical and elementary school play.
  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Contributing to Operation Support our Troops at Christmas.
  • Supplying prizes for local PTA events and environmental club events.

East Hampton Teachers Association
Priscilla J. Campbell, President

The East Hampton Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating $1,160 to the Rid for Life an ALS organization.
  • Donating $1,500 to a local food pantry.
  • Contributing $1,000 in gift certificates to Adopt-A-Family at Christmas.
  • Contributing money to help graduating seniors purchase textbooks for their first semester in college.

Eden Teachers Association
Mark R. Vona, President

The Eden Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising over $10,000 for local charities.
  • Donating $400 and food to the local Food Pantry.
  • Donating $1,200 for Girls and Boys Clubs Movie Night.
  • Donating $2,000 to local fire, ambulance and library associations.

Farmingdale Federation of Teachers
Claire M. Zatorski, President

The Farmingdale Federation of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Awarding $10,000 in college scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Participating in local health fair and expo.
  • Supporting Rotacare, a free medical clinic with supplies and money.
  • Maintaining a website to update the community on educational issues.

Harrison Association of Teachers
Karen Magee, President

The Harrison Association of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Purchasing and giving away 200 books to needy children.
  • Contributing $2,000 to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
  • Donating $2,000 to the Food Pantry.
  • Supporting and sponsoring sport teams, booster clubs, Special Olympics and the school yearbook.

Hempstead Classroom Teachers Association
Dawn D. Sherwood, President

The Hempstead Classroom Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Sponsoring a PAL Track Team.
  • Collecting items for the Annual Coat and Clothing Drive for needy families.
  • Sponsoring literacy and financial workshops for parents.
  • Awarding $2,000 in student scholarships.

Herricks Teachers Association
Mary Ellen Guarini, President

The Herricks Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising over $4,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Providing $3,000 in scholarship funds for graduating seniors.
  • Donating time and money to the Annual Community Fund Dinner.
  • Volunteering and supporting the Annual Community Fund Carnival.

Hewlett-Woodmere Faculty Association
Joan Skowronek, President

The Hewlett-Woodmere Faculty Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Instituting a New Buddy Program to provide support for new teachers.
  • Awarding scholarships to students who contributed to the community.
  • Maintaining the Goods and Welfare fund to assist school community members in time of need.
  • Supporting Special Olympics and breast cancer research.

Hicksville Congress of Teachers
Joan M. Deem, President

The Hicksville Congress of Teachers has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $2,300 for the local Food Pantry.
  • Raising $6,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Awarding $3,700 in scholarships to high school seniors.
  • Donating time and money for local athletes to participate in the Special Olympics.

Island Park Faculty Association
Patricia Collins, President

The Island Park Faculty Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Breast Cancer Walk and MS Fundraiser.
  • Participating in Crisis Center for Suicide Prevention.
  • Awarding college scholarships to high school seniors.
  • Donating time and money to Special Olympics, CYO and Little League.

Kings Park Classroom Teachers
James P. Pappas, President

The Kings Park Classroom Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Awarding $3,000 in scholarships to graduating students.
  • Participating in events for the Leukemia Society, Relay for Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and Guide Dog Foundation.
  • Collecting and donating food for the local food pantry.
  • Donating to the local fire appeal, the museum appeal and the American Legion.

Lockport Education Association
Gail A. Niparts, President

The Lockport Education Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $39,900 for the United Way.
  • Raising $3,500 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Awarding $4,800 in scholarships to children of LEA members.
  • Donating over $900 to the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter.

Long Beach Classroom Teachers Association
Steven M. Freeman, President

The Long Beach Classroom Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing over $6,000 to various charitable causes.
  • Contributing over 1,000 bottles of water to the American Cancer Society's Long Beach Relay for Life.
  • Sponsoring a Little League Team.
  • Sponsoring two scholarships of $1,000 each to future teachers.

Long Beach School Employees Association
William T. Snow, President

The Long Beach School Employees Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating to district families hit by the disasters of fire and illness.
  • Sponsoring Morning Madness - a substance free after prom party.
  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
  • Awarding scholarships to nine high school seniors to alleviate the financial burden of college.

Marion Teachers Association
Michael W. Herlan, President

The Marion Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating over $1,800 to cancer research.
  • Sponsoring several Marion students in the Special Olympics.
  • Donating over $600 in Xmas gifts to local families through the angel tree program.
  • Sponsoring and expanding the district's Adult Education Program.

Massapequa Federation of Teachers
Tomia G. Smith, President

The Massapequa Federation of Teachers has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Sponsoring a volleyball tournament to raise funds for breast cancer.
  • Sponsoring several sports teams in the district.
  • Assisting a local family who suffered a tragic fire.
  • Donating to ALS Ride for Life and Special Olympics.

Middle Country Teachers Association
Nadia L. Resnikoff, President

The Middle Country Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Awarding gifts to all seniors and scholarships to 10 seniors.
  • Participating and raising funds for breast cancer and ALS.
  • Donating food and money to the local food pantry.
  • Donating gift baskets to the district's SEPTA Auction.

Mineola Teachers Association
Teresa Perrotta Hafner, President

The Mineola Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $20,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Awarding $10,200 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Supporting student booster clubs, the yearbook and the spring musical.
  • Supporting Education Week, the Mineola Library and passage of the school budget.

Mohawk Valley Community College Professional Association
Alison M. Doughtie, President

The Mohawk Valley Community College Professional Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Awarding a $1,000 scholarship to an outstanding MVCC student.
  • Sponsoring the Ted Moore Run/Walk which raises funds to stop DWI and honors a past association president killed by a drunk driver.
  • Sponsoring and participating in the Relay for Life and the Strides Against Breast Cancer walks.
  • Sponsoring the United Way Campaign and the Pinewood Derby for local Cub Scouts.

Mount Sinai Teachers Association
Mitchell P. Wolman, President

The Mount Sinai Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Supporting Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Assn., American Heart Assn., ALS Ride for Life, Cystic Fibrosis Society and the Cancer Society.
  • Awarding $5,200 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Donating to Best Buddies International and Friends of the Arts Program.
  • Participating and donating to holiday food drives, blood drives, SADD, local districts in crisis, clothing drives, toys for Tots and Make A Wish Foundation.

Newfane Teachers Association
Henri P. Kursten, President

The Newfane Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $31,500 for Hospice by organizing a basket auction.
  • Sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship for a senior entering the education field.
  • Sponsoring an annual toy drive benefiting the local food pantry.
  • Raising funds for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.

Niagara Falls Teachers
Joseph C. Catalano, President

The Niagara Falls Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating over $20,000 to the United Way.
  • Awarding over $6,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Donating 200 hams and turkeys to Community Missions and the Salvation Army and 400 food baskets to needy families.
  • Sponsoring Little League teams and traveling sports teams for students.

North Babylon Teachers Organization
Selina Durio, President

The North Babylon Teachers Organization consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising over $3,600 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Donating toys, books and grocery gift certificates to over 80 needy families.
  • Collecting can goods during the Super Bowl for the local food pantry.
  • Sponsoring a welcome luncheon for newly hired teachers and creating a New Teacher Handbook.

North Bellmore Teachers Association
Randee Colter, President

The North Bellmore Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Sponsoring and collecting $667 for the Opening Day Fund Drive for children of LaChemucha, Nicaragua for the Labor-Religion Coalition.
  • Sponsoring a children's book collection for a local charity.
  • Donating to the Special Olympics.
  • Purchasing over $1,200 in food cards for local needy families.

North Rockland Teachers Association, Inc.
Robin A. Brennan, President

The North Rockland Teachers Association, Inc. has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing to the United Way, PAL, Cancer Walk and Puerto Rican Day.
  • Sponsoring the Toy for Tots Drive.
  • Contributing to Little League teams and a coat drive.
  • Awarding over $12,000 student scholarship.

North Tonawanda United Teachers
Linda W. Roach, President

The North Tonawanda United Teachers has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Awarding $2,500 in scholarships and savings bonds to students.
  • Contributing over $1,500 to the Tonawanda Food Pantry.
  • Donating $300 to Special Olympics and $200 to the SADD Post Prom Breakfast.
  • Participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and sponsoring the T-NT Quality Student Program.

Nyack Teachers Association
Donna M. Ramundo, President

The Nyack Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Awarding $9,550 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Raising $16,308 at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Donating $2,850 to the Long Island President's Council.
  • Donating $5,527 to a dinner given to honor retirees who have give 25 years to education throughout the district.

Oceanside Federation of Teachers
Richard M. Roschelle, President

The Oceanside Federation of Teachers has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating $2,000 in supermarket gift certificates to needy people.
  • Awarding two scholarships to seniors planning on entering the teaching field.
  • Donating savings bonds to raffle at a post-prom party.
  • Sponsoring a golf tournament for ALS.

Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers
Paul M. Pecorale, President

The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing over $5,000 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
  • Donating crafts for needy children within the community.
  • Sponsoring an essay contest, sending positive postcards to students & parents and donating toys to the after school program.
  • Awarding $1,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors.

Phelps-Clifton Springs Faculty Association
David C. DeFelice, President

The Phelps-Clifton Springs Faculty Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Awarding scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Participating in Trees for Troops - gifts for soldiers.
  • Participating in Relay for Life and the breast cancer walk.
  • Donating and participating in food drive for the local food pantry.

Pine Bush Teachers Association
Carla A. McLaud, President

The Pine Bush Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Sponsoring and participating in the breast cancer and the Relay for Life walks.
  • Awarding $15,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Sponsoring a food drive collecting over one ton of food for the local food pantry and the pantry located in the nurse's office in the district.
  • Sponsoring and participating in a blood drive.

Port Washington Teachers Association
Christine J. Vasilev, President

The Port Washington Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating over $7,900 to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
  • Providing over $7,500 in scholarships to seniors.
  • Raising money for a children's health fund mobile medical unit.
  • Assisting and donating money to the Port Washington Education Foundation.

Riverhead Central Faculty Association
Barbara A. Barosa, President

The Riverhead Central Faculty Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Sponsoring 3 Little League teams and 4 local members are coaching the teams.
  • Awarding $4,500 in college scholarships for future teachers.
  • Donating money and volunteering services at a local food pantry.
  • Sponsoring ALS Ride for Life, sending care packages to Troops and filming a cable TV show - Teachers Make a Difference.

Rockville Centre Teachers Association
Rosemarie Stein, President

The Rockville Centre Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach.
  • Awarding scholarships to high school seniors.
  • Contributing to PTA events that sponsor parents who are having financial difficulties.
  • Collecting and contributing to the local food pantry drive and the Wounded Warriors Project.

Sachem Central Teachers Association
John Heslin, President

The Sachem Central Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising over $18,000 for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Awarding over $10,000 in scholarships to seniors.
  • Awarding $15,000 to middle school students for honors recognition.
  • Sponsoring New Teachers Academy.

Sayville Teachers Association
Timothy M. Southerton, President

The Sayville Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising over $15,000 for local charities and families in need.
  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Participating in the Ride for Life - an ALS benefit.
  • Donating food and cash to the local food pantry.

Smithtown Teachers Association
Richard Forzano, President

The Smithtown Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Organizing a district-wide food pantry event.
  • Organizing a fundraiser for the Smiletrain.
  • Organizing phone banks for local school budget vote.
  • Sponsoring 2 scholarships for seniors and a "good news postcard" for parents.

Spencerport Teachers Association
John J. Kozlowski, President

The Spencerport Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating over $12,000 for scholarships for seniors.
  • Sponsoring boys and girls baseball teams.
  • Sponsoring students' attendance at Future Teachers Conference.
  • Organizing tournaments to raise money for the local United Way.

Tonawanda Education Association
Ronald J. Sesnie, President

The Tonawanda Education Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating over $1,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs.
  • Donating over $1,000 to breast cancer research.
  • Donating gift cards for needy families and collecting food for the local food pantry.
  • Sponsoring dress down days which have netted over $6,000 for local charities.

United Teachers of Island Trees
Charles A. Smith, President

  • The United Teachers of Island Trees consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:
  • Awarding over $4,000 in scholarships to seniors going to college.
  • Donating and participating in Jump Rope/Hoops for the Heart Assn.
  • Raising over $500 for medical supplies for Angela's House.
  • Participating in "Soldiers' Angels" a letter writing project for soldiers.

UUP Stony Brook Health Science Center
Kathleen Southerton, President

The UUP Stony Brook Health Science Center consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Establishing a food drive committee to collect food items and cash throughout the academic year.
  • Participating in walk-a-thons for breast cancer and prostate cancer.
  • Sponsoring a Suffolk County Minority Health Summit.
  • Sponsoring a Science & Research Awareness Series.

Valley Central Teachers Association
Timothy M. Brown, President

The Valley Central Teachers Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $22,000 for various charitable causes.
  • Awarding 3 scholarships in the amount of $4,300.
  • Supporting students through all night graduation party.
  • Donating over $8,000 to food pantry, the United Way and the Coldenham Fire Department.

Wallkill Teachers Association
Donna L. Carr, President

The Wallkill Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Awarding $3,200 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Raising $1,200 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Sponsoring a Senior Citizen Breakfast.
  • Sponsoring 50/50 raffle for Special Olympics which netted over $600.

Watertown Education Association
Dianne H. Loonan, President

The Watertown Education Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Donating over $400 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Awarding $1,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Sponsoring a PBS program - Curious George.
  • Collecting and contributing food to a local food pantry.

Webster Teachers Association
Kelly M. Zielke, Co-President
Maria Rigillo, Co-President

The Webster Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising over $19,000 for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Collecting items for servicemen and women overseas.
  • Collecting 20 cases of food and $1,000 in cash for local families in need.
  • Assisting the Rotary Club with decorations for special ed children.

West Hempstead Education Association
Barbara J. Hafner, President

The West Hempstead Education Association has been dedicated to supporting its community. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
  • Sponsoring a new Buddy Program for all newly hired teachers.
  • Collecting and distributing food baskets to needy families in the district.
  • Awarding scholarships to high school seniors.

West Irondequoit Teachers Association
Beverly F. Engel, President

The West Irondequoit Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $1,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Awarding $2,500 to 3 seniors planning on entering the teaching field.
  • Creating logo shirts for use at charitable events.
  • Sponsoring an Odyssey of the Mind Team.

Wilson Teachers Association
Margaret A. Thompson, President

The Wilson Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Every assn. member donating 4 hours of time to community endeavors.
  • Donating over $1,800 to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
  • Awarding scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Contributing to the United Way Day of Caring.

Yonkers Federation of Teachers
Patricia Puleo, President

The Yonkers Federation of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Raising $11,300 for breast cancer research.
  • Awarding $9,000 in scholarships to high school seniors.
  • Donating over $1,200 to athletic activities for students.
  • Sponsoring book drives, dinners, breakfasts and back to school radio commercials.

Yorktown Congress of Teachers
Sean P. Kennedy, President

The Yorktown Congress of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2009 they demonstrated this by:

  • Awarding over $5,000 in scholarships to high school seniors.
  • Contributing $3,000 to the local food pantry.
  • Raising $3,000 for the Support Connection which provides assistance to individuals and families affected by ovarian and breast cancer.
  • Mentoring students and teaching students about labor unions.