Baltimore residents are resorting to GoFundMe to heat their freezing public schools

06 January, 2018, 00:25 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Baltimore residents are resorting to GoFundMe to heat their freezing public schools

Baltimore City schools have lost out on millions of dollars for repairs to heating systems and other infrastructure needs when the money went unspent and had to be returned to the state. "This means that we keep school buildings open, even when conditions are sometimes less than ideal".

"She actually said she couldn't feel her feet at one point".

"These kids are cold - they're cold as of last month, as of last week, as of yesterday", she told the Baltimore Sun. "When we close schools, we have gotten a significant amount of calls from parents saying that they count on us to feed their children during the day". Maybin also posted a video on Twitter of himself and some of his students discussing not having heat in their classroom.

Aaron Corbin, a former National Football League player and elementary school teacher in Baltimore, took to social media to help get the word out.

"Yesterday I had frostbite", one boy yells. Only four of Baltimore's schools were closed Wednesday due to the frigid cold, whereas students in two others received an early dismissal, according to Salon. They did not provide further explanation if the schools' closures were prompted by the impending storm that hit much of the eastern USA on Thursday or if the closures were prompted by the reports of cold indoor temperatures at schools.

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Someone also made a sign-up sheet so people could donate and deliver emergency thermal Mylar hiking blankets to teachers with "cold kiddos".

Complaints about a lack of heat have been lodged in almost 40 percent of school system buildings. His social media posts about the schools have drawn offers of help, and he says local women are collecting money for space heaters and coats.

"This is the best way to ensure the safety of our members and our children". It's unbearable. There are icicles in the classroom. "It's inhumane for these children". "I implore that you close schools in the District until your facilities crew has had time to properly assess and fix the heating issues within the affected schools in Baltimore City", said Marietta English, the president of the Baltimore Teachers Union, in a letter sent to the Baltimore School District's CEO on Jan 2. "If they were my kids, I'd be down there at the Superintendent's office seeking answers!"

BuzzFeed News has reached out to BCPS and the Baltimore Teachers Union for comment.

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