Mr. Abdomohammed Karimi, exemplifies what MITY wants to be able to provide for all its low-income students. Karimi, as the students call him, has taught at MITY for more than 25 years. He also teaches math and science at Como High School in St. Paul.
Every year, Karimi recruits students he thinks would benefit from his classes and the MITY experience. He helps the students and their families fill out the application and financial aid forms. He also works with the students to be sure they have transportation to the program. He has even been known to give students, who need it, a ride to MITY.
But Karimi goes one step further and addresses another critical need that MITY needs to be able to address systemically – food, and a lot of it. He personally prepares snacks for his classroom and home-made lunches for his students who commute every day to MITY. If he didn’t, many of them would not eat while at MITY from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. each day and he knows that students are unable to learn when their stomachs are empty. Today, with financial support, we are able to offer these students a meal card and a Metro bus pass. Although, I think they miss Karimi’s cooking.