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Helping Students Through COVID-19’s ‘Challenging Times,’ While Providing Buffalo’s High School Grads With ‘Something To Remember,’ The Buffalo Teachers Federation Sponsors A Televised ‘Virtual Graduation’

Published Friday, May 22, 2020
by WNYLaborToday.com Staff
Helping Students Through COVID-19’s ‘Challenging Times,’ While Providing Buffalo’s High School Grads With ‘Something To Remember,’ The Buffalo Teachers Federation Sponsors A Televised ‘Virtual Graduation’

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – Helping Students through COVID-19’s challenging times, while providing Buffalo’s High School Graduates with “something to remember,” the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) has agreed to become a major sponsor of a ‘virtual graduation’ that will be televised during the months of June and July.

The BTF’s Executive Committee has approved sponsorship of the virtual graduations, which will be aired on Buffalo Television WUTV/WNYO during the months of June and July.

High Schools will be allowed to purchase a one-half hour block for $1,500 or an hour for $3,000. 

The BTF Executive Committee authorized $15,000 for the BTF to be a sponsor and authorized the Buffalo Teachers Union to provide each participating high school with $500 toward their fee, the BTF said.

The source of the BTF funding comes from monies that was not used to send BTF Representatives to their affiliated New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and National Education Association (NEA) Delegate Assemblies, as well as an upcoming American Teachers Federation (ATF) meeting that is anticipated to also be canceled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the BTF said. 

“We want to help all of our students through these challenging times - however, we want to provide something that our High School Graduates can have to remember,” BTF President Phil Rumore said.  “Each student can make a copy of their video.  That’s not all they were looking forward to, but it’s something we can do to, at least, fill part of what they missed.”

According to a released BTF memo, each participating high school will develop its own video.  The Television Station has committed to have its staff available to assist, the BTF said.

The virtual graduations are scheduled to air on WUTV or WNYO on Saturdays between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. during the months of June and July.

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