Students at a Baltimore elementary school got new winter coats Wednesday after an art teacher’s tweet about the school’s faulty heating system and frigid temperatures went viral earlier this month.
Aaron Maybin, a former NFL linebacker who now teaches art in Baltimore City Public Schools, posted on his Twitter account Wednesday that Amazon donated winter coats to every student at the school.
The donation comes just days after Baltimore-area native and current NBA guard Malcolm Delaney also donated coats to schools.
Maybin turned the spotlight on Baltimore’s cold schools and heating and plumbing problems earlier this month when he trained his phone camera on his students bundled in coats, hats and gloves during class and started recording the students speaking about their feelings.
Cold classrooms and failing school facilities in the city became a national storyline.
Maybin, an artist and poet, teaches visual arts as a contractor at Matthew A. Henson Elementary School. The former first-round pick of the Buffalo Bills commands a Twitter following of more than 26,000 people.
“I was tweeting about it and people just weren’t getting it,” he said. And then it struck him: People need to see it.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Barker contributed to this story.