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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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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.
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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.
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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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NYSUT offers free, interactive webinars for retirees

NYSUT is offering a weekly series of free, live webinars to help retirees stay engaged, beat loneliness and learn new skills.
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For school librarians, it's about all about 'staying connected'

But when the coronavirus pandemic shifted the world on its axis, closing schools, businesses and shops on many continents, school librarians had to begin making all things library available remotely.
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Teachers are going the extra mile (or 40) for their students

Examples abound around the state of educators going the extra mile to reach out to graduates.
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Binghamton physical education teacher’s exercise videos have surprising reach

“I think the difference is that instead of being in a large setting, a large gymnasium with 40-plus kids, they’re alone in their living room or in their bedrooms,” says Binghamton physical education teacher Melinda Ligeikis. “I really focused on keeping all of the exercises and challenges short, so they could just take five minutes out of their day to be active.”
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School-Related Professionals provide crucial safety net for communities during pandemic

School buildings throughout the state have been closed since mid-March, but members of the Albany Public Schools United Employees and Taconic Hills Support Staff Association are still hard at work each day making sure the needs of their students and community are being met. Photo El-Wise Noisette.
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May 6–12 is National Nurses Week

For National Nurses Week, it’s important for the rest of the population to recognize the hospital and visiting nurses caring for patients with COVID-19 and other illnesses. It’s a time to thank school nurses working at testing sites, in hospitals, or making sure that students are being cared for even though school buildings are not open.
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Long Island local union's T-shirt fundraiser raises $7,000 for worthy causes

“Our community is socioeconomically disadvantaged, and a lot of families are struggling so we wanted to raise money to help out,” said William Floyd United Teachers president Ron Gross.
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