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...