Sharon Green Middleton

Park Heights resident working to transform former school into library

Park Heights resident working to transform former school into library

In an empty classroom at the former Langston Hughes Elementary School building in Park Heights, George Mitchell tapped a globe sitting on a desk.

“We want the kids to understand where they are,” he said Wednesday. “Not only where they are, but where they want to go.”

Since the school’s closure in 2015 following the city school board’s decision to shut down schools with low enrollment, Mitchell, 62, has been an advocate for turning the vacant building into a resource for children in the community, where he has lived since he was a child.

After years of brainstorming and discussing his vision with elected officials, Mitchell received the keys to the building from the the...

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