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Baltimore students bundled up

This photo from the Baltimore schools was tweeted with the comment:ย The forgotten city. This is how Baltimore City School students are forced to go to school. Most schools have no heat or inadequate heating. This is not acceptable ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Provided by twitter user darkskinamica

Has democracy evolved to become awesome, or is this a sign that everything is going to hell?

A college student started a GoFundMe campaign to buy space heaters, coats and hats for students in the Baltimore school district.

About 60 of the schools in the district are having severe heating system problems. Students have been attending class in winter coats, and tweeting out photos of themselves next to classroom thermometers reading temperatures in the 30s and 40s.

The school district has handled this by generally only closing a couple buildings at a time. In their defense, if their system is at all like New Yorkโ€™s, they would have to be open next summer to make up for any days in which the whole district is closed.

Many school officials have thrown up their hands and said that they simply must wait for the facilities crew to fix the heating systems. What else could be done?

And perhaps, a few decades ago, that would have been the prevailing view.

But instead, an out-of-the-box thinker proposed buying space heaters to warm up the classrooms. And with today's connected world, she could get out her message through GoFundMe.

She asked for $20,000 to buy 600 space heaters. Thatโ€™s about 10 heaters per school.

So far, sheโ€™s raised $75,000.

It turns out that as a society, we donโ€™t want children to freeze while getting their education.

I am so proud to be part of a society in which we can help resolve a problem in another state, with the click of a button.

But I am so disappointed to be part of a society in which leaders still do not properly maintain assets and plan ahead for the future.

You can reach Kathleen Moore at 742-3247 or kmoore@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @ByKathleenMoore or at her blog on www.poststar.com.

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