"I’m not going to get a criminal record because I don’t want to be a bad person in life. But if I do get a criminal record, I’m going to try to make sure my child doesn’t make the same mistake I did." “Who taught you that?
“I always get in trouble for talking. I start out talking about the work, but then I start talking about something else, and that’s when I get caught.
“My life has been around my children. And I can say that even as a single mother, not one of my kids hit the streets.
"It’s too late to get to the pros. I was good but I didn’t take it seriously and I messed up. I was averaging 15 or 16 points a game.
Just amazing. And in less than five days. Thanks to the 34,893 of you who have donated so far. (That’s getting close to an Indiegogo record, by the way!
“Before all of this happened for our school, I felt broken. And I think the world felt a little broken too, because a lot of bad things have been happening lately, especially between black people and white people.
“I have something to admit to all of you. Before all of this happened, I was about to give up. I was broken.
There was an assembly on Monday where Ms. Lopez explained the fundraiser to the entire student body. Most of the students had already heard bits and pieces about what’s been going on, but Ms.
"When you posted last week about all the ways Vidal helps around the house, most of the comments were very nice.
“I try to be very open with them about everything, because I want them to feel that they can be open with me about everything.
“The buildings are filthy in the housing projects. Some people poop and pee in the hallways. And some of the people around here aren’t friendly.
I asked Vidal if I could photograph him in the same place that I met him for this next announcement. In only four days, we’ve raised over $700,000 for Vidal’s classmates at Mott Hall Bridges Academy.
“I came from a very poor family. My father was a small farmer in Nigeria. And even though he had no education, he always taught me that education was the most important thing.
“I was a teacher in Nigeria. I had 41 students in my classroom. Most of my students in Nigeria had no shoes, no clothes, no food.
“I can teach a lot of things. But it’s so hard to teach effort. It’s so hard to teach want. And there are certain days when it seems like the scholars don’t care, and you feel like no matter how hard you try, nothing is getting through, and the negative thoughts get louder and louder, and it’s easy to feel worthless.
I was visiting Vidal today when we remembered that he was going to be making his big newspaper debut in the Daily News.
“Sometimes the gaps are so large, you don’t even know where to start. The lesson plan says that you’re supposed to be teaching about tectonic plates.
“I used to be a public defender. One time I represented a man who was facing thirty years for crack possession.
“I grew up down the block, but I used to get bussed to school in a white area. There were always a lot of people in that neighborhood who would make us feel like we didn’t belong.
"Vidal is very loving. I sometimes worry that he might be a bit too loving, and someone will take advantage of him one day.