June 2013 Issue
May 23, 2013

Kudos: 'Reading is the Way Up' literacy grant winners

Source: NYSUT United

It's an honor

Six New York teachers received Reading is The Way Up® literacy grants ranging from $500 to $1,500. The awards, from City National Bank, support literacy-based projects at elementary, middle and high schools. Educators from four states received the grants.

New York winners are: United Federation of Teachers members Amy Feinstein, Vicky Fioravante, Adam Kinory, Nicholas Kuroly and Rachel Tsivitis; and Kayla Witman, Waverly Teachers Association.

Retiree Elaine Wolf, United Teachers of Island Trees, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Community Upstander Award, presented by the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

In print

Gregory Hudson, UFT, wrote 48 Poems: Reflections of a Poet. Written to enhance students' reading, writing and comprehension, each poem features a photo, related higher order thinking questions and a synopsis. The book includes a chapter on commonly used vernacular and a glossary of commonly used literary terms. To order, visit www.authorhouse.com. It is also available via Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.

Steven Sternberg, United Federation of Teachers retiree, wrote World Verses Values, a book about values and situations that we face in life. More than 100 situations dealing with violence, relationships, addiction, anger, discrimination and other life struggles - both funny and serious - are presented in rhyme. For more information, visit http://stevesternbergswritings.com; visit www.amazon.com to order an e-book.

Lawrence Wittner, United University Professions retiree /Albany chapter, wrote What's Going on at UAardvark? a satire on the corporate takeover of higher education. For more information, or to order a copy, visit http://tbmbooks.corecommerce.com or www.amazon.com.