UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski visits Arbutus Middle


Bleachers and chairs in the Arbutus Middle School gym were filled with Grade 7 and Grade 8 students anxiously awaiting their guest speaker, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski. In anticipation of the UMBC president's arrival, students studied the Birmingham Children's March that Hrabowski took part in when he was just 12 years old.

Dr. Hrabowski spoke to students about everything from hard work and bullying to his love of math. He encouraged students to do their best no matter what and told them that doing so would make success inevitable. He urged them to read often and to take the time to think about their answers before responding to questions.


"Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. And watch your habits, they become your destiny," Hrabowski said, quoting an anonymous author.

By the end of his speech, students stood up and applauded, flashing broad smiles. As Hrabowski left the gym, they stuck out their hands for high-fives and handshakes.

In the minds of the students at Arbutus Middle, Hrabowski was not only a role model, but also a rock star.

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Spotlight and photos submitted by Natalie Allen, communications specialist
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