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Across New York State, NYSUT members are rising to meet the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

These are their stories.

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NYSUT applauds Oceanside’s Jennifer Wolfe as New York State’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Wolfe, a Social Studies teacher entering her 24th year at Oceanside High School on Long Island and a member of the Oceanside Federation of Teachers, received the state Department of Education honor for her work with students in the classroom and empowering fellow educators to take on leadership roles.
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NYSUT launches statewide back-to-school ad campaign

A new statewide advertising campaign launched by NYSUT to welcome educators, staff and students back to school sends a clear message: Whether learning is in-person, hybrid or remote, NYSUT members are working to make sure that students have a safe, healthy place to learn, reliable meals and access to the tools they need for remote learning.
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Lawmakers Must Act to Stop Education Cuts!

State cuts to education and higher education are happening and will continue unless we take action now!
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Union hot spot helps St. Lawrence County families access internet

The American Federation of Teachers, one of NYSUT’s national affiliates, this summer provided the People Project in St. Lawrence County with eight Jet Pack hot spots for educators, students and families to be able to get online.
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100-year-old monitor steps off the bus for the last time

Yolanda Imbriano — who at age 100 has just now stepped down from her position as a bus monitor in the Oceanside Central School District and did so only because of COVID-19 — has not only worked with every type of student imaginable, she can tell you a story about almost every one, as well.
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BOCES educators go the distance to celebrate the Class of 2020

With the bright June sun as their guide, a caravan of educators traveled 300 miles yesterday past corn fields, farms, rolling hills, rivers and dusty roads to connect with the waiting, happy faces of this year’s crop of graduating seniors.
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NYSUT members join SED’s task force on reopening schools

NYSUT members will give the front-line point of view on the State Education Department’s Task Force on Reopening Schools, serving on four regional panels around the state through June.
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Central Valley SRPs make sure needy families are fed

Central Valley School-Related Professionals prepare, pack and distribute more than 750 lunches per day, complete with breakfast items for the next morning. If you do the math, since the pandemic closed schools in March this small army of SRPs has provided more than 35,000 meals to needy students throughout the rural Mohawk Valley district.

Pallotta: 'We cannot overlook the need to reimagine how we invest in public schools'

"The public educators who are receiving so much praising and applause for stepping up in this time of crisis should not pay the bills for this pandemic," says NYSUT President Andy Pallotta in opening remarks to the Reimagining Education Advisory Council.
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

NYSUT’s Research and Educational Services department is developing a healing circle for use in person or online to help educators process the many stark changes in work, home and community brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown.
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NYSUT donation helps lifeguards 'mask-up' for Memorial Day

Thanks to generous member donations to the NYSUT Disaster Relief Fund, the statewide union delivered 1,200 surgical masks to two lifeguard locals NYSUT represents on Long Island — the New York Lifeguards’ Corps, representing about 1,200 seasonal lifeguards statewide, half of whom work on Long Island, and the Tobay Ocean Lifeguard Association, representing about 50 Oyster Bay guards.

Culinary arts professor cooks with kindness for his community

“Everybody has a story. It’s just a different author,” said culinary professor Joe Forget, who is an associate professor for the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center under Hudson Valley Community College, working with socially and economically disadvantaged students.
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