Located in east Baltimore, the school and its students have suffered before because of extreme temperatures; on numerous occasions, the school had to close due to severe weather conditions. The Lakewood school community is made up of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, with 40% having special needs and 65% qualifying for free or reduced meal prices.
The Ravens’ donation is in line with the NFL’s social-justice program, which promises to match player contributions up to $250,000 per year. With the upgrade of their heating and cooling systems, Lakewood will be better able to serve its students and its community. The new units have a predicted operation date of January 2019.
Their goal, according to Baltimore Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox, is to provide children “with the optimal learning environment they deserve.”
This is not the first time the Baltimore Ravens have given back to their community. Throughout the year, they participate in numerous community service campaigns, such as distributing food at Thanksgiving, participating in the PLAY 60 campaign—which encourages youth to get outdoors and be active for 60 minutes a day—educating kids on bullying, and more.