7 Hopeful Pictures That Show Us ‘The Real Baltimore’

Educators are taking to Twitter to give us a glimpse of the students who are the future of Charm City.

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Apr 28, 2015· 1 MIN READ
Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.

Photos of burned-out cars and buildings in Baltimore plastered the front pages of America’s newspapers on Tuesday morning, and 24-hour cable news networks seem to be broadcasting a constant loop of police in riot gear confronting protesters. But as Baltimore residents—and the rest of the nation—wait for answers about the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died while in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department, some educators are taking to social media to show a more positive side of Charm City: the students and teachers who are the future of Baltimore.

Teachers, community center administrators, and school principals have been tweeting images using the hashtag #TheRealBaltimore to turn the spotlight on the inspiring things happening in classrooms and community centers across the city. Here are seven images that might make you feel hopeful about Baltimore’s future.

Pre-kindergarten students at Waverly Elementary School are helping clean up the city.

Waverly’s teachers and staff helped clean up too.

Police tend to treat black and white youths differently, but this duo at Benjamin Franklin High School are arm in arm.

Baltimore Public Schools canceled classes on Tuesday, so the city’s recreation centers stepped up.

Waverly teacher Jenna Zdravecky shared a picture of students doing research on police in schools.

Sundai Riggins, the principal of Monarch Academy, wants us to know that her students aren’t The Wire.

Joe Francaviglia, a middle school social studies teacher, shared a snap of excited kids picking out books.

It’s undeniable that there is plenty that needs to be fixed in Baltimore, but we can’t forget that the students and teachers who are the heart of the city are working toward a better future.