Memo To:   All Buffalo Teachers

From:         Philip Rumore, President, BTF

Date:          May 11, 2020


Subject:     Virtual Graduation

The BTF Executive Committee has authorized our being a sponsor of the Virtual Graduations that will be aired on WUTV/WNYO starting in June/July. High Schools will be allowed to purchase one-half hour for $1500 or an hour for $3000.  The Executive Committee has authorized $15,000 for BTF to be a sponsor and authorized BTF to provide each participating High School with $500.00 toward their fee.
The source of funding for this comes from funding that will not be used to send representatives to the NYSUT and NEA Delegate Assemblies.  We believe the AFT Delegate Assembly will also be cancelled.  This should cover all costs.

Each school will develop its own video.  The station has committed to have its staff available to assist.

We assume that District Staff will be available to assist.  We have sent correspondence to the Superintendent seeking the District’s assistance and support and to see if they have any concerns.

Since other Districts will also probably want to participate, the earlier a school reserves a spot, the better will be their placement. The Virtual Graduations will air on WUTV or WNYO on Saturdays between 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Attached is a sample of part of the participant document.  For more information or to reserve a “spot”, please contact:

Tamara Walter – WUTV/WNYO
Office – (716) 447-3221
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We will provide more information as we receive it as well as any response from the District.

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.

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.


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