Community Service Awards

Established in 1993, the NYSUT Community Service Awards were created to recognize individuals who have given outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Since its inception, hundreds of NYSUT members have been nominated by their locals or retiree councils to receive this award.

In addition, NYSUT created a Local Community Service Award to recognize a local's collective and sustained contribution to community service.

Finally, NYSUT established the Life Line Honor Roll, which recognizes the brave efforts of our members who risked their own safety and life to secure the safety of another.


IN-SERVICE

Cristel Champlin
Patchogue Medford Congress of Teachers

Michael Brown
Red Hook Faculty Association

Breda Purdy
BOCES Staff Association Rockland County

Melissa O'Brien
Patchogue Medford Congress of Teachers

Mark Hanik
Syosset Teachers Association

Sean Kelly
Cazenovia United Educators

RETIREES

Bonnie Martin
Pittsford District Teachers Association
Retiree Council 6

Janice Strauss
Owego-Apalachin Teachers Association
Retiree Council 11

Gioia Ottaviano
Schenectady Federation of Teachers
Retiree Council 12

Catheryn Berger
Kingston Teachers Federation
Retiree Council 13

Rhoda Stephens
Retiree Council 15/16

Norma Busching
Sewanhaka Federation
of Teachers
Retiree Council 18

Barbara Allan
Deer Park Teachers Association
Retiree Council 20

Eleanor Eckman
Bay Shore Classroom Teachers Association
Retiree Council 21

Allen Tsao
Three Village Teachers Association, Inc.
Retiree Council 23

Alice Cumba
United Federation of Teachers
Retiree Council 24

Myra Entenberg
United Federation of Teachers
Retiree Council 24

Yvette Geary
United Federation of Teachers
Retiree Council 24

Louisa Johnston
United Federation of Teachers
Retiree Council 24

Yvonne Smith
United Federation of Teachers
Retiree Council 24

Angela Solomon
United Federation of Teachers
Retiree Council 24

John Torres
United Federation of Teachers
Retiree Council 24

Bernice (Bunny) Steinman
White Plains Teachers Association
Retiree Council 43

Dorothy Brown
Retiree Council 44

NYSUT Life Line Honor Roll

Established by NYSUT in 1998, to recognize the brave efforts of our members who risk their own safety to secure the safety of another.

Justin Ryan
Port Washington Teachers Association

Justin saved the life of a retired teacher and coach by pulling him from the window of his burning home.

 


Local Community Service Awards

Amityville Teachers Association

Robert Claps, President

The Amityville Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Amityville Heritage Fair and Fall Apple Festival.
  • Contributing $2,000 to various charities.
  • Awarding $4,000 in scholarships.
  • Sponsoring "Back to School Bash" — providing supplies and backpacks to students.

Bay Shore Classroom Teachers Association

Darlene Darch, President

The Bay Shore Classroom Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Contributing $4,000 to the American Cancer Society.
  • Contributing $12,000 to Dollars for Scholars scholarships.
  • Contributing $3,800 to local school board elections and budget vote.
  • Contributing $300 to the Special Olympics.

Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers

Mark Steinberg, President

The Bellmore-Merrick United Secondary Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in LIVE UNITED, a promoted campaign for disabled veterans.
  • Contributing $7,206 to various charities.
  • Awarding $6,000 in scholarships to 10 senior high school students.
  • Sponsoring a community parent center.

Camden Teachers Association

Benjamin Mitchell, President

The Camden Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the following community events: Shop with a Cop; Clothing Connection; Homecoming Parade; Library Get Carded Day; Relay for Life and Halloween Candy Shop at the elementary school.
  • Contributing to the following charities: Shop with a Cop; the American Cancer Society and donations to various charities in memory of deceased relatives.
  • Awarding scholarships to the CTA Determination Award.
  • Sponsoring the Library Get Carded Day; After Prom Party; After Ball Party and Adopt-A-Highway.

Carthage Teachers Association

Patricia Sheehan, President

The Carthage Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in a community food drive for the local food pantry.
  • Contributing to senior citizen transportation services.
  • Awarding $2,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Sponsoring Memorial Day Flag Display.

Cassadaga Valley Faculty Association

Stephen Helwig, President

The Cassadaga Valley Faculty Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the High School Awards Night; Honors Dinner for Middle School Honor Roll Students; and the Community Blood Drive at the school.
  • Contributing to the following charities: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Relay for Life; Character Education Program and the After Prom Party.
  • Awarding $3,000 in scholarships to six students with an average of 85 based on an essay and teacher evaluations.
  • Sponsoring an ice cream picnic for elementary students; a yearbook advertisement; a team for the strides walk, and kindergarten graduation.

Cheektowaga Central Teachers Association

Jeffrey Kuemmel, President

The Cheektowaga Central Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating with the district to support students by playing an active role in achieving passage of the district's budget, and continued support of school organizations.
  • Contributing $3,700 to the following charities: United Way, Wounded Warrior Project, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and local funds for needy families.
  • Awarding $1,200 in scholarships to a graduating senior planning to pursue a career in teaching.
  • Sponsoring the CCHS Yearbook, Challenge Club, Football Boosters, National Honor Society and Warriors in Action.

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.


Connetquot Teachers Association

Anthony Felicio, President

The Connetquot Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
  • Participating in the Birthday in a Box Program — students in homeless shelters have a birthday party.
  • Contributing $4,618.33 to various charities.
  • Awarding $3,000 in scholarships to six graduating seniors from Connetquot High School, each received a $500 scholarship by participating in an essay competition about teachers who made a difference in their lives.

Dunkirk Teachers Association

Nancy Baker, President

The Dunkirk Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Make a Difference Day.
  • Contributing $4,634.87 to various charities.
  • Awarding $2,000 in scholarships to the Dunkirk Teachers Association scholarship recipient.
  • Sponsoring various athletic teams.

Eden Teachers Association

Colleen Kot, President

The Eden Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Eden Community Foundation; Adopt-a- Highway; Eden Autism Walk; Raider Response Day and the Buffalo Corporate Challenge.
  • Contributing $5,952 to the following charities: Meals on Wheels; Warm the Chidren; and the Food Pantry.
  • Awarding $1,500 in scholarships to a senior attending college to become an educator.
  • Sponsoring the Eden Athletic Association Senior Boys Baseball Team.

Erie 1 Professional Education Association

Joseph Borgisi, President

The Erie 1 Professional Education Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and the Erie 1 BOCES Golf tournament for Wings Flights of Hope.
  • Contributing to the following charities: Western New York Food Bank, American Cancer Society and Children's Hospital.
  • Awarding $1,000 in scholarships to an EPEA member's dependent.

Falconer Education Association

Corey Markham, President

The Falconer Education Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the following community events: Salvation Army Donations; Relay for Life.
  • Contributing more than $10,000 to various charities.
  • Sponsoring the Falconer After Prom & Senior Vigil; and Food Pantry collections for Falconer.
  • Sponsoring Marvelous Math Night.

Fredonia Teachers Association

Roger Pacos, President

The Fredonia Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the holiday drive each year, purchasing gifts for 33 families with a total of 80 children.
  • Contributing $1,300 to area families in need, purchasing memorial books for the library and sponsoring youth sports teams.
  • Contributing $625 to school and community activities by placing ads in the programs.
  • Sponsoring the Play-by-Play action on the local radio of sporting events at the cost of $3,533.

Harrison Association of Teachers Christopher Tyler, President

The Harrison Association of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Start the Year Off Right Program.
  • Contributing $8,000 to various charities.
  • Awarding $5,200 in scholarships.
  • Sponsoring book giveaways.

Hastings Teachers Association

Nate Morgan, President

The Hastings Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the canned food drive at the local A&P.
  • Contributing over $12,000 to VOTE-COPE.
  • Awarding $1,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Sponsoring Hastings Little League.

Local Community Service Awards 2015 NYSUT Awards Book Page 11 Hewlett-Woodmere Faculty Association

Frederic Stark, President

The Hewlett-Woodmere Faculty Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the New Buddy Program to provide support for new teachers.
  • Contributing $757 to various charities.
  • Awarding $300 in scholarships to students who contribute to the community and school.
  • Sponsoring Hewlett-Woodmere Little League teams.

Hicksville Congress of Teachers Joan Deem, President

The Hicksville Congress of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Hicksville Homecoming, and the Hicksville Wellness Fair.
  • Contributing $1,105 to the following charities: Gregory Museum, Hicksville Fire Department, John Theissen Children's Foundation and the Special Olympics.
  • Awarding $4,250 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Hicksville High School.
  • Sponsoring the VFW – William M. Grove, Jr., Post 3211.

Island Park Faculty Association

Patricia Collins, President

The Island Park Faculty Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Community Day.
  • Contributing to the American Heart Association.
  • Awarding $6,700 in scholarships to high school seniors.
  • Sponsoring a needy family toy drive.

Jericho Teachers Association

Ronald Verderber, President

The Jericho Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Jericho Middle School Holiday Breakfast Fundraiser for the Jericho Middle School Family Fund in December.
  • Contributing $4,017 to the following charities: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk; Ride-for-Life (ALS); and Special Education Parent Teacher Association.
  • Awarding $1,000 in scholarships to the Jericho High School Scholarship Fund.
  • Sponsoring the Jericho Athletic Association and the LGBTeach forum.

Lake Shore Central Teachers Association

Anthony George, President

The Lake Shore Central Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Lake Erie Beach Sweep and Highway Cleanup, as well as all the events sponsored by Lake Shore Central TA.
  • Contributing $10,694.64 to the following charities: Bald for Bucks, Boys & Girls Club of Lake Shore, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, MS Society, and Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
  • Awarding $3,000 in scholarships to two seniors of the class of 2014.
  • Sponsoring the Senior High Music Production.

Lawrence Teachers Association

Lori Skonberg, President

The Lawrence Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Locks of Love.
  • Contributing $1,000 to various charities.
  • Sponsoring UNICEF.
  • Sponsoring Five Towns Early Learning Center.

Lockport Education Association

David Lowrey, President

The Lockport Education Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the United Way Day of Caring.
  • Contributing $700 to Erie-Niagara Scholastic Achievement Dinner.
  • Contributing to the Community Turkey Trot Race Fundraiser.
  • Awarding $6,000 in scholarships to four top graduating seniors.

Long Beach Classroom Teachers Association

Steve Freeman, President

The Long Beach Classroom Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the 2014 March of Dimes "March for Babies."
  • Contributing to various charities.
  • Awarding two scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Sponsoring the Long Beach Little League.

Malverne Teachers Association

Michelle Thomas, President

The Malverne Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Relay for Life/Malverne event; 5K Run for Education; PTA Founder Day Dinner; and the Malverne Breast Cancer Fall Walk.
  • Contributing $500 to the following charities: L.I. Cares; the American Cancer Society; Back Packs for Education; and DA Sponsor a Student.
  • Awarding $1,500 in scholarships to the Malverne Valedictorian; Malverne Salutatorian; Malverne Friend of Education and Elementary School Camp Fund for Students.
  • Sponsoring the Malverne Education and Fitness Foundation Run; Community First Responder Breakfast; and the High School Breast Cancer Walk.

Marion Teachers Association

Michael Herlan, President

The Marion Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Special Olympics.
  • Contributing $300 to the Angel Tree Ministries and $1,000 to the Special Olympics.
  • Awarding $500 in scholarships to two graduating seniors who will pursue a career in education.
  • Sponsoring the Special Olympics.

Massapequa Federation of Teachers

Tomia Smith, President

The Massapequa Federation of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Massapequa's Wellness Run.
  • Contributing to the Massapequa Challenger Program.
  • Contributing to the Massapequa Music Department.
  • Awarding students going into education or labor relations fields.

Medina Teachers Association

Joseph Byrne, President

The Medina Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in a student of the month program.
  • Contributing to the First Responders lunch.
  • Awarding $2,000 in scholarships to college bound students going into an education program.
  • Sponsoring the Medina Little League Yankees.

Mineola Teachers Association

Teresa Perrotta Hafner, President

The Mineola Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Mineola street fair.
  • Contributing over $11,000 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and local community donations.
  • Awarding $13,750 in scholarships to graduating Mineola high school seniors.
  • Sponsoring the Chamber of Commerce.

Mount Pleasant Teachers Association

Ellen Igo, President

The Mount Pleasant Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Mount Pleasant Education Foundation.
  • Contributing $1,500 to the following charities: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and GoFundMe for a student who was recently paralyzed in an accident.
  • Awarding $3,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors.
  • Sponsoring the Sherman Park Little League Team and the local food drive.

Mount Sinai Teachers Association

Mitchell Wolman, President

The Mount Sinai Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Safe Halloween.
  • Contributing to Adopt a Family.
  • Awarding $5,636 in scholarships to nine graduating seniors from Mt. Sinai High School.
  • Sponsoring Friends of the Arts.

Newark Teachers Association

Mary Daly, President

The Newark Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the New Driver Safety Support program.
  • Contributing $1,000 to the following charities: United Way Campaign; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Newark Public Library.
  • Awarding $500 in scholarships to a Newark High School senior (graduating) who has chosen to enter the field of education.
  • Sponsoring the local food drive to benefit and support Newark Food Closet, and monetary sponsorships of district athletic clubs.

Niagara Wheatfield Teachers Association

Kevin Rustowicz, President

The Niagara Wheatfield Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Zoo Night at the Buffalo Zoo.
  • Contributing $2,000 to the following charities: The American Cancer Society; JoAnn Demler Memorial Scholarship Fund; Niagara Hospice, and DARE.
  • Awarding $2,000 in scholarships to seniors graduating in 2014 for continuing education in the teaching field.
  • Sponsoring the DARE Golf Tournament.

North Bellmore Teachers Association

Randee Colter, President

The North Bellmore Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Evening Reading Program, and volunteering at the Kiwanis/Lions Strawberry Festival.
  • Contributing more than $500 to the following charities: Long Island Crisis Center; Aid to N. Bellmore families (Stop & Shop Food Cards); and the American Cancer Society.
  • Sponsoring the North Bellmore Little League Team.

North Rockland Teachers Association

Robin Brennan, President

The North Rockland Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the family resource center.
  • Contributing to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • Awarding $12,000 in scholarships to 12 North Rockland students who wrote an essay about a teacher's influence.
  • Sponsoring the drama club.

Nyack Teachers Association

Thomas Burns, President

The Nyack Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they showed this by:

  • Participating in Toys for Tots.
  • Contributing to the family resource center.
  • Awarding $1,000 in scholarships to high school seniors.
  • Sponsoring SOS (Students Opposing Starvation).

Owego Apalachin Teachers Association

Christina Bangel, President

The Owego Apalachin Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Lions Club food and toy drives, poinsettia sale and contributing to Dollars for Scholars.
  • Contributing $200 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; the local was one of the highest United Way contributors in Tioga County.
  • Awarding $3,000 in scholarships to three Owego Free Academy students.
  • Sponsoring "Socktober" — collecting new socks for families in need.

Panama Faculty Association

Loren Smith, President

The Panama Faculty Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, YMCA's Battle of the Business, labor rallies in Falconer and Lake Placid, NY.
  • Contributing $850 to the following charities: Panama and Ashville Fire Departments, United Way, the American Cancer Society, and Panama After Prom & Awards Night.
  • Awarding $2,000 in scholarships to four graduating high school seniors to pursue a degree in education.
  • Sponsoring the Panama Junior Wrestling Tournament, Panama Yearbook, Panama After Prom, and the Panama 5th and 6th grade spelling bee.

Patchogue Medford Congress of Teachers

Beth Warnken, President

The Patchogue Medford Congress of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the school soup kitchen.
  • Participating in an annual blood drive to benefit Long Island Blood Services.
  • Contributing $4,000 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
  • Awarding $500 in scholarships to three seniors.

Pine Bush Teachers Association

Carla McLaud, President

The Pine Bush Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Pine Bush Harvest Festival.
  • Contributing $500 to all-night senior grad party and $2,500 for senior class T-shirts.
  • Awarding $19,500 in scholarships to 2014 graduating seniors to assist them with furthering their education.
  • Sponsoring Pine Bush Aquatics Club.

Rochester Retired Teachers Association

Anthony Montanaro, President

The RRTA Dress A Girl program demonstrates a unique approach to community service.

Once a month, September through June, 12 to 15 retired teacher members meet at the RTA office to sew dresses for poor girls in developing countries. They bring their own sewing machines and material. When they started, they produced 15 to 20 dresses, as of November 2013 they have made approximately 300 dresses. Each dress has a pocket with a doll and purse to hold packages of panties.

The group finds people going to developing countries to deliver the dresses to orphanages or other agencies for distribution. Some members make the trip themselves.

Outfitting girls to make them less vulnerable to the slave trade is a mission that these retired teachers have embraced with joy and love.


Sachem Central Teachers Association

Frank Scricco, President

The Sachem Central Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; Fall Festival, and the Festival of Trees at Sachem North High School.
  • Contributing to the Retired Educators Sachem Chapter (RESC) Walter C. Dunham Scholarship.
  • Awarding the Educators of Tomorrow Scholarships to Sachem High School students pursuing a career in education.

Southwestern Teachers Association

Mary Grace Guarino, President

The Southwestern Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Monofrax picket/rally; Salvation Army Ring the Bell; St. Susans Soup Kitchen; cancer walks, and food drives.
  • Contributing $1,315.95 to the following charities: Class of 2014, Women's Club of Lakewood.
  • Awarding $500 in scholarships for needy students' college scholarships.
  • Sponsoring the jeans day at each building.

Spencerport Teachers Association

John Kozlowski, President

The Spencerport Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk; and Autism Speaks Walk & Community Gala.
  • Contributing $175 to the Spencerport Ecumenical Food Cupboard.
  • Awarding $12,000 in scholarships to seniors at Spencerport High School.
  • Sponsoring one boys' and one girls' Little League team.

Syosset Teachers Association

Kim Pritchard, President

The Syosset Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the local food pantry, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk; a local "Souper Bowl" with donations going to Island Harvest, and "Pink Promises."
  • Collecting and contributing $5,000 to a high school teacher on medical leave, and collecting donations for a financially burdened family totaling close to $2,000.
  • Awarding the Lenny Motisi scholarships.
  • Sponsoring dress down days for various charities.

United College Employees of Fashion Institute of Technology

Roberta Elins, President

The United College Employees of Fashion Institute of Technology consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Remember The Triangle Factory Fire Commemoration; and the New York City Central Labor Council Labor Day Parade.
  • Contributing $15,126 to the following charities: the American Cancer Society, The Remember The Triangle Fire Coalition; and UCE of FIT Food Drive for NYC Food Pantry.
  • Awarding $7,500 in scholarships to three students receiving UCE of FIT Leadership Awards.
  • Sponsoring the Corporate Social Responsibility Conference, and the Constitution Day Postcard Contest.

Wallkill Teachers Association

Richard Shands, President

The Wallkill Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the districtwide Springtime Senior Citizens' Breakfasts, and food drives to support the local community church food pantry.
  • Contributing $1,486 to the following charities: the American Cancer Society, and Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.
  • Awarding $2,400 in scholarships to the Class of 2014 WCSD high school graduates.
  • Sponsoring the St. Patrick's Day Community Event & Parade.

West Hempstead Education Association

Barbara Hafner, President

The West Hempstead Education Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk; Relay for Life; Chamber of Commerce; and 100% participation in PTS, PTSA and SEPTA.
  • Contributing $1,000 to West Hempstead families in need through yearly food and clothing drives.
  • Awarding $4,500 in scholarships to graduating West Hempstead High School seniors.
  • Sponsoring the Student Voting booth for the school budget vote.

West Irondequoit Teachers Association

Scott Steinberg, President

The West Irondequoit Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
  • Contributing to Noah's game for pediatric cardiology.
  • Awarding $2,500 in scholarships to Madeline Giamartino and Stephanie Distaffen.
  • Sponsoring the Adam Milne basketball game for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

West Seneca Teachers Association

Joseph Cantafio, President

The West Seneca Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Breast Cancer awareness walk, and Relay for Life.
  • Contributing over $70,000 to over 50 families who were flood victims in West Seneca and $5,000 to the Raising Readers Program.
  • Awarding $5,500 in scholarships to elementary, middle and high school graduates.
  • Sponsoring the W.S. Students of Excellence, Variety Kids Telethon, Relay for Life, W.S. Cares, and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

Western Suffolk BOCES Faculty Association

Ernest Lewis, President

The Western Suffolk BOCES Faculty Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the ALS walk.
  • Contributing to various charities.
  • Awarding $3,100 in scholarships.
  • Sponsoring the Long Island blood bank.

Whitesboro Teachers Association

Julie Anne Venezio, President

The Whitesboro Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they showed this by:

  • Participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.
  • Contributing to various charities.
  • Awarding $5,000 in scholarships to the WTA Scholarship Fund.
  • Sponsoring the WTA/PTO annual dinner.

Wilson Teachers Association

Margaret Thompson, President

The Wilson Teachers Association consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they demonstrated this by:

  • Participating in the Girls on the Run program.
  • Contributing $5,637 to the following charities: United Way, a local soup kitchen, Hospice, Cure for Cancer and others.
  • Awarding $4,000 in scholarships to 19 Wilson graduating seniors. One scholarship goes to a senior planning a career in education.
  • Sponsoring the 32nd Annual Senior Citizens' Breakfast.

Yorktown Congress of Teachers

Sean Kennedy, President

The Yorktown Congress of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they showed this by:

  • Participating in a food drive that collected 3,000 pounds of food for the local food pantry, and in NYSUT's Bowling Extravaganza.
  • Contributing $2,500 to the Alliance for Safe Kids; $5,000 to Yorktown Community Help, and $2,500 to Yorktown's Support Connection organization that provides support for individuals and families impacted with breast or ovarian cancer.
  • Awarding $7,000 in scholarships to four Yorktown High School graduates.
  • Sponsoring a credit-bearing civic internship program for two high school students to learn about the labor organization.

Yonkers Federation of Teachers

Patricia Puleo, President

The Yonkers Federation of Teachers consistently evidences a belief in community service. In 2014 they showed this by:

  • Participating in monthly Yonkers Chamber of Commerce meetings, Yonkers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Luncheon; AFL-CIO Workers Memorial Dinner; just to name a few.
  • Contributing $15,004.59 to various charities.
  • Awarding $9,000 in scholarships to six graduating seniors in the Yonkers public schools.
  • Sponsoring the Yonkers Chamber of Commerce "Back to School" Breakfast; and Storybook Bonanza.