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Supporters say school recommended for closure is important hub for West Baltimore neighborhood

Supporters say school recommended for closure is important hub for West Baltimore neighborhood

In the tall brick building on Gold Street where her daughter attends fifth grade, Kiquana Downer says she has found something like an extended family.

If she’s running low on food stamps, the single mother can pick up canned foods and fresh produce from the food pantry at William Pinderhughes Elementary/Middle School in West Baltimore. There’s a closet in the school library where she can find a free winter coat for Heaven, her 10-year-old daughter. She has taken a financial literacy course at the school, at which she learned the importance of building wealth — even if just by saving $5 a month. The school also offers after-school and mental health programs, among other...

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