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Not Everyone Hates AIG

April 14, 2009 1 min read
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Here’s an interesting class project: Rebecca Chapman’s 4th grade students in Texas recently sent letters of support that brought tears to the eyes of AIG employees in Connecticut and London, according to The Washington Post. Yup, the same AIG that incurred global scorn recently for dolling out millions in bonuses after receiving a government bailout.

Chapman gives her students daily economics lessons. Last month, she used the populist outrage over the AIG bonuses as a teachable moment. First she asked her students to pretend they were the tax payers funding the bailouts. They got riled up.

Then she posed a question from another side of the issue. “What if you were an AIG employee?,” she asked. “Imagine if you had not been involved in the deals that ruined the company but were left to clean up the mess … What if your family had received death threats?”

A boy in the class suggested that they write letters to let AIG know “it will be okay.”

According to the Post, the students “adorned their messages with peace symbols and smiley faces, rainbows and vivid red hearts.” They included messages like “Hi AIG. Not all of USA hates you,” “We know you’re not villains,” and “Keep working hard, dudes!”

Chapman mailed the cards to AIG, where they were well received.

AIG Employee Patrick O’Neill wrote back saying, “To have reached out to us in such a heartfelt way is really a testament to your individual and collective humanity.”

A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.

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