There are 171 schools in the Baltimore City Public School System with a total of 80,592 students enrolled. As of 2016, the United States Census Bureau reported that 27,470 (31%) students between the ages of 5 to 17 in Baltimore City had been reported to be living in poverty. These students are more likely to be lacking in basic resources which, if available, could allow for them to succeed in the classroom. In addition, schools are also lacking basic resources for their students and teachers, further affecting the learning environment for all students. With issues such as lack of heat in classrooms gaining national attention, a larger discussion must be held regarding the environments in which black and brown children are required to learn. There is no reason why students should be freezing in their classrooms or wearing masks because of asbestos in the school building. We are seeking to provide temporary assistance to schools in Baltimore City by supplying them with resources which will allow for students and teachers alike to endure learning and teaching in limiting conditions. The goal is to provide as many schools as possible with a care package which would include winter gear for students in need, classroom materials, heaters if requested by school administrators, and additional resources. Many have reached out to find out how they can help. Whether it's through spreading awareness of the issue, volunteering, donating, or calling your local government officials, below are a few ways you can get involved.
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