NEWBURGH – The Newburgh Teachers’ Association (NTA) recently hosted the second annual Family Movie Day at Showtime Cinemas in Newburgh.
An audience of almost 200 people, comprised of NTA members and their families, attended a showing of Disney/Pixar’s newest film, Coco. Admission price was an unwrapped toy, which was donated to Toys for Tots based at the Newburgh Armory.
“This was a wonderful event,” said Matthew Scully, NTA Vice President. “We had almost double the amount of people attend this year. Our members came out in droves.”
Family Movie Day began last year for the union professionals of the NTA to expand community outreach and coalition building. “Through events like this,” said Stacy Moran, NTA President, “we aim to strengthen the ties with our community allies and educate them on unions, in general, and the NTA, specifically.”
“The success of this day is two-fold,” said Scully. “Not only did we have a chance to gather together with our family members and have a good time, we also collected a lot of toys for Toys for Tots. The NTA is glad that we are able to help members of our local communities, especially during the holiday season.”
Over the past few years, the NTA, under Moran’s leadership, has spearheaded, participated or volunteered in many events. Earlier this fall, they hosted the 2nd Annual Book Give Away in collaboration with the Newburgh Armory Unit Center. This past spring, they were one of many local sponsors for the Lap4Life Run. They are planning to have another Book Give Away in the spring.
“These events are successful in so many ways,” said Moran. “We see wonderful participation from our members. We are able to provide resources to our students in the Newburgh schools. Finally, we build and strengthen relationships both internally with our members and externally with our parents and community.”