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Aaron Maybin ex-NFL linebacker preaches activism

Started by 2Revolutions, Jan 13, 2018, 02:17:45 PM

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Just posting this story here to let everyone know that we can make a difference in the face of adversity.

NFL linebacker-turned-educator Aaron Maybin draws attention to cold Baltimore schools, preaches activism


Aaron Maybin sat in a West Baltimore elementary school library that was recently without heat and boomed a question at five students: "Do you think that this school matters to the city?"

A few of the kids shook their heads vigorously.

"If it was really cold — the lights came out — they should have did something about it," third-grader Adrianna Carter said. "A lot of people are getting sick."

"Exactly," Maybin said.

Maybin, the NFL linebacker-turned-art teacher, was not trying to stir hopelessness, but to teach the powers of advocacy.

As plumbing and heating problems left students around the city shivering following winter break, Maybin enlisted citizens to fill in where he believes elected officials have failed.

Maybin, an artist and poet, teaches visual arts as a contractor at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School. When the temperature inside the school dipped toward 40 degrees in the first week back at school, he took to his phone to vent.

The former first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills commands a Twitter following of more than 26,000 people. Still, he said, he wasn't reaching them.

"I was tweeting about it and people just weren't getting it," he said. And then it struck him: People need to see it.

So Maybin, 29, set his phone down and hit "record." The Jan. 3 video of kids seated in the school library with winter coats, and Maybin clasping his hands together for warmth, went viral — and propelled him to the forefront of a growing debate over school resources.

"Until you see it, it's easy to say, 'It might not be that bad,' " he said.

With Maybin and some of his professional athlete friends bringing national attention to Baltimore's frigid schools, a GoFundMe page launched by Coppin State student Samierra Jones raised about $80,000 to purchase space heaters and outerwear for the students. That was four times the goal.

By midweek, the heat was back on and the weather had warmed. But United Parcel Service trucks kept pulling up to Henson. The school in the Easterberry neighborhood of West Baltimore is adorned with paintings of Thurgood Marshall, Frederick Douglass and other African-American heroes. In the lobby, oversized block letters promise: "All in for Students."

Drivers unloaded boxes addressed to "Mr. Maybin" or "Teacher Aaron Maybin Donation Coats" and stacked them in a back office. The packages contained wool, fleece or down coats, hats, gloves and other winter clothing. A ceramic heater arrived in a Sharper Image box

More at the link ---> http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/k-12/bs-md-aaron-maybin-cold-schools-20180108-story.html

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Great inspirational story !

We should put it up there under "Happy stories!".

Now, if we all did this,
the world would be a far better place.

Thanks, 2Revolutions.


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