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School-Related Professionals — bus drivers, aides and monitors who transport students to and from school; teacher aides and teaching assistants who work in the classroom; security, custodians, grounds workers and maintenance staff who ensure clean and safe surroundings; clerical, secretarial and registrar staff who keep things organized; school nurses who monitor student health, and cafeteria workers who provide nutritious meals, and dedicated SRPs with many other job titles — all play a vital role in the education of New York's public school students.
This year, Nov. 21 — New York State's SRP Recognition Day — is the time to let all SRPs know they are Essential to Education.
"SRPs are the heartbeat of our schools and deserve to be honored on this day and every day for the hard work they do supporting student success," said NYSUT Second Vice President Paul Pecorale, whose office oversees SRP issues.
NYSUT locals celebrate the day and SRPs in wonderfully creative ways, sometimes in conjunction with their school districts and/or local parent teacher associations.
Visit www.nysut.org/srpday for award-winning examples of ways to celebrate the SRPs in your local or district. You can download celebration materials to print on your own. The webpage has a special link for local presidents to request SRP celebration kits and "SRPs Essential to Education" stickers (requires leader login). Once you place your order, be on the lookout for a packet marked, "2017 SRP Recognition Day Materials Enclosed — Open before Nov. 21."
Don't forget to share your SRP Recognition Day celebration photos and videos online at www.facebook.com/NYSUTUnited.