JTA Donates to JPS Essential Workers

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The Jamestown Teachers Association raised over $2,500, in just four days, to deliver lunches to JPS custodial, food service staff, bus drivers, electricians and other essential employees to celebrate their dedication and hard work. Because of the unprecedented health crisis our community, it was the perfect way for JTA to say, “Thank You!”

“The Jamestown teachers are grateful for everything that the JPS custodial, food service staff, bus drivers, electricians and other essential employees have been doing the past eight weeks and throughout the entire school year,” said Stephanie Sardi, JTA President. “On Tuesday, 15 volunteers showed up at Farm Fresh Foods to pick up, and deliver, 115 lunches to 10 schools and the bus garage. It is our hope to continue to provide meals, once a week for the remainder of the school year.”

The JTA supports Jamestown students from the first day of school to graduation. They want every child to begin their educational career on a positive note by giving a new book to each kindergartener who registers for school in the fall. In March, JTA sponsors an annual event by having over 50 high school student volunteers’ travel to the elementary buildings to share their favorite Dr. Seuss book on Read Across America Day. Each spring, they award at least one $1,000 scholarship to a JHS senior who has made the choice to pursue a career in education.

Throughout the year, the Jamestown Teachers Association conducts and participates in fundraisers to make monetary donations to agencies such as: The American Cancer Society, the Children’s Advocacy Program, the Anew Center and the Chautauqua County Humane Society. They have also collected much needed toiletries, cleaning supplies and pet supplies that are donated to these community-based agencies. Each fall, the JTA works closely with the district to raise money for the United Way Campaign. In the winter, JTA members support The Salvation Army by participating in the Red Kettle campaign. In the spring, they also have a JTA team participate in the Strides Walk Against Breast Cancer.

In addition to supporting Jamestown local agencies, the JTA also gives back to local businesses that support the Jamestown teachers. When JTA joined the NYSUT initiative called the Local Action Project (LAP), they had one goal in mind, to increase their efforts to give back to their community through a variety of events. Something that is important to JTA is keeping their annual dinners and social events in Jamestown to support local restaurants. In September, the JTA had a dinner and fundraiser to welcome their members back. In November, probationary teachers gathered for dinner and to receive on-going support from the JTA executive board. In December, they held a Christmas dinner and fundraiser. In May, they have a tenure dinner to mark the first milestone in a teacher’s career. In June, they hold a Volunteer Appreciation dinner and a retirement dinner to thank their members for their dedicated service. Twice a month, the JTA invites its members to meet at local restaurants for appetizers, and to hopefully stay for dinner on their own. All of these events are meant to support the community by patronizing Jamestown establishments.