BTU members are involved in a wide variety of activities in the community including fundraising, offering their time and skills to community service programs, and organizing in support of issues that benefit Massachusetts working people across the state. Some of the activities are directly supported by the union and are undertaken on a yearly basis; others are taken up as the need arises at the initiative of our members.
Each year, the BTU holds a “Welcome Back to School Fair” for Boston Public Schools families. The event featured a book giveaway and over 40 school partners that gave away resources and information for our BPS families. Families were also treated to food, music, face painting, arts and crafts, and balloon-making. Tenacity conduced a tennis clinic on courts nearby while Playworks and America Scores soccer program ran activities on the fields next to the resource tents. We were proud to promote literacy with our families by giving away over 1,200 new, quality books!
We were also pleased to be joined by Mayor Marty Walsh as well as interim Superintendent John McDonough. Both joined President Richard Stutman in a brief address and stayed to answer questions and speak with the family members there. The event was planned by Executive Board members, new Building Rep Regional leaders, and members of our new Family and Community Engagement Committee, who met over several times during the summer and weeks before school started to put the event together. The event took tremendous effort and would not have been possible without the help of our staff and over fifty volunteers who started volunteering as early as 10:00 am and as late as 7:00pm the day of the event.
A special thank you to the wide range of paraprofessionals, teachers, retired teachers, nurses, OT/PT’s, librarians, and everyone else who helped to make the event possible! We could not have done it without everyone pitching in with their ideas, energy, expertise, and commitment. These efforts are all a part of our ongoing efforts to build more bridges and meaningful collaboration with parents and community so that we can work together to improve our schools.
The Boston Teachers Union participates in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in the fall of each year. The walk raises money for cancer research and is the nation’s oldest and most successful one-day walk.
Members can participate by joining walk teams,by soliciting sponsors of walkers, and by helping out on the day of the walk.
You will find a number of BTU members who come out to support workers’ right throughout the year.
Thirty members of the BTU marched in the Save Our Schools Rally on July 30, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Participating were veteran teachers and provisional teachers; substitutes and retirees.
Marching behind our banner were other teachers from Massachusetts schools as well as graduate students from local colleges and other supporters of public education from Massachusetts.
Joining with protesters from around the country energized the group and deepened the commitment we all have for the struggle to save public education.
The Boston Teachers Union contingent was probably the second largest Union contingent at the rally, after the Milwaukee/Wisconsin contingent who had been organizing against the largest attack on working people since January.