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Teachers aren't the only ones who keep the wheels of New York state's schools turning. Thousands of bus drivers, teacher assistants, school secretaries and other non-academic professionals are vital components of local schools. In this month of thanksgiving, NYSUT is urging teachers, students, parents and citizens to thank School-Related Professionals for the important work they do in schools every day.
"SRPs are the very backbone of our schools, helping to educate, feed, transport and keep our children safe and healthy," said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi. "We are proud to represent thousands of SRPs statewide."
"I hope everyone will take a moment to let SRPs know how much their efforts are appreciated," said Kathleen M. Donahue, a NYSUT vice president. "NYSUT is stronger because of the commitment and involvement of these dedicated men and women."
Nov. 16 was the state's official SRP Recognition Day. First celebrated in 2003, following vigorous NYSUT lobbying, SRP Recognition Day was permanently established as the third Tuesday in November, five years later.
NYSUT, the state's largest union, represents some 600,000 classroom teachers and other school employees; faculty and other professionals at the state's community colleges, State University of New York and City University of New York, and other education and health professionals. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AFL-CIO.