PMCT Blood Drive Collects 32 Pints!!

On Monday November 5, 2018, at Saxton Middle School PMCT ran their annual blood drive.  PMCT has been hosting a blood drive for over 20 years during the first week in November. This year we had 43 people show up and 32 pints of blood collected.  A huge thank you to all who came to donate! Even if you were denied, your efforts were greatly appreciated. Kerri Bruckner was the winner of the lotto plant!

Special thanks to PMCT Outreach Chair, Cristina Carpluk, for all her efforts organizing the blood drive.

See if you can spot one of your favorite teachers in the pictures below.

PMCT First Book Initiative Provides Books For Every Pat-Med Student

Over the last few weeks, the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers First Book Mobile has been delivering thousands of books to the students of the Patchogue-Medford School District.

Over 15,000 books (valued at over $140,000) were received via a grant from First Book and the American Federation of Teachers. Age appropriate books were distributed to elementary school students, as well as, middle and high school students. Some of books have also been dispersed to organizations within the Patchogue-Medford community.

This was a truly an incredible venture! It all started with our NYSUT delegates visiting the First Book booth at one of our annual Representative Assemblies. Once we signed up, our Outreach chairpersons Nadine Scalzo and Kerri Simeone took the ball and ran with it. They presented the process that would need to occur in order to win the grant to our building representatives. We acquired the over 1000 signatures and email addresses that First Book required. Our administrative and support staff colleagues, along with district PTA members, submitted their information. We worked together to input all that information and sent it to First Book. We were notified in late June that we would be receiving 8 pallets of books. PMCT’s Executive Vice-President, Kevin Toolan, traveled to Tarrytown to meet up with the truck that was filled with the books. He drove the 26 foot U-Haul to our storage facility with the Patchogue-Medford School District. PMCT, along with the help of NYSUT, rented the truck for two weeks. PMCT coordinated the events in each building by establishing a calendar that met the needs of each building.

PMCT President, Beth Warnken and Executive Vice-President, Kevin Toolan visited each elementary and middle school building distributing a PMCT book mark and the brand new books to all students. This endeavor would not have been possible without the help of ALL PMCT members.

The Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers has received MANY wonderful thank you letters from the students (and parents), along with several great messages on FaceBook.  The PMCT truly enjoyed being able to support the love of reading by putting books in the hands of all our students.


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PMCT and the Patchogue Lions Club Team-Up to Provide School Supplies for Pat-Med Students

For the twenty-fourth consecutive year, the Patchogue Lions Club and the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers have teamed-up to provide school supplies for economically disadvantaged students in the Patchogue-Medford School District.  This year the members of the Lions Club and the Congress of Teachers made their presentation to the superintendent of schools, Dr. Michael Hynes and the district’s elementary school principals.  Congress of Teachers president Beth Warnken stated, “Our members are happy that they are able to make this donation to the students of our district, especially because we work with these students everyday.”  Lions Club president Louis Giordano emphasized that “this donation is a part of the mission of our club in the area of community betterment and truly serves those who have real need.”  Dr. Hynes thanked both groups on behalf of the district.

Pictured are Dr. Hynes with Ms. Warnken, Mr. Giordano flanked by elementary principals, Lions members and Congress of Teachers members.