Teacher's aide back on the job on Lower East Side thanks to generous community

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Rob Nelson reports on the teacher's aide back on the job on the Lower East Side.

Inside the Earth School on Manhattan's Lower East Side Friday, we witnessed something more than the average gym class.

We saw living proof of what happens when a community comes together.

Frankie Gonzalez, a Queens native and former professional soccer player in Mexico, had been a physical education teacher's aide here for three years.

But budget problems forced the school to cut his job just a few weeks ago.

Phys Ed teacher Vincent Grady - a former soccer player himself - sprang into action.

He launched a gofundme page to help raise the $14,000 annual stipend needed to keep Frankie on the job.

Boosted by assistance from a private donor, the money poured in - from workers and residents in the neighborhood to Earth School students themselves emptying their piggy banks.

30-year-old Frankie is now back with the students who adore him.

He's also making money as a freestyle soccer performer, a tutor and a youth league coach.

Frankie and Vinny clearly believe that movement is good for the body.

They also know that generosity is good for the soul.

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