Dumbarton Middle School in Towson will join the nonprofit Student Support Network in September, the organization announced last week.
The move will expand Dumbarton’s ability to offer children living in poverty basic necessities in the school’s “Comfort Closet,” organizers said. It will also provide a way for school staff to seek emergency funding for students’ families to help with anything from rent deposits to field trips.
Shannon Carney, a parent and lead volunteer for the Dumbarton network who is also a school social worker in Baltimore, said the effort will help address poverty that is “hidden in plain sight.”
“I think a lot of people in the school community are...