On Wednesday, October 23, we wore red to support our brothers and sisters in the Chicago Teachers Union. They are not just striking for fair wages, they are fighting for the quality of life for both students and educators. They are demanding a class size cap and the opening of a new classroom when numbers go over the cap. They are calling for more counselors and social workers with lower case loads, as well as nurses and librarians in every school. They want more support for their ELL and Special Education students. They also have housing demands to insure that students and their families are not evicted during the school year and that both teachers and students can find affordable places to live in a city that is gentrifying at a record pace. Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said in a recent interview that the union has a responsibility to use “ the leverage of an enforceable contract “ to help get the people of Chicago the city they deserve. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Updates will be posted in the coming days.
Thank you all for a great showing of solidarity!
Comsewogue’s annual Homecoming and Carnival was, as usual, a big hit with our community! The parade kicked off from JFK Middle School, and we strolled down Jayne Blvd, Clinton Ave and Bicycle Path all the while serenaded by the amazing tunes of the High School Marching Band. Batons twirled, students laughed and smiled with friends, while parents, administrators and teachers all joined in to form a sea of blue and gold all the way to Comsewogue High School. While waiting for the football game to start, everyone mingled and danced to the DJ, bounced in the funhouse, ate lots of goodies sold by vendors and supported our local clubs by purchasing tickets for fabulous baskets and prizes. Thanks to all the many PJSTA members that came in so many ways to support the community. You applied Comsewogue Warrior tattoos to hands and cheeks, passed out candy, pencils, and Halloween treats, caught up with parents and students, supported your club and team, and cheered our football team on all afternoon. We had a record turnout of teachers, and a terrific time was had by all! Thank you to the dozens of teachers that participated in the festivities. We hope to see you there next year!
In order to help our brothers and sisters in the United Auto Workers Union, who are currently on strike, the Representative Council voted at our September meeting to make a donation to the Kenmore TA. This is the NYSUT local in upstate New York that is near the GM plant. They are using all donations to purchase food, water and firewood for the workers on the picket lines. We are happy to be able to help keep them “fueled” for the long road to a settlement.