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Penn North community leader calls for city to spend millions on kids, not trash cans

Penn North community leader calls for city to spend millions on kids, not trash cans

Organizers of the Penn North Safe Zone and about two dozen students came to City Hall Wednesday to ask Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to supply funding for a group that's providing activities for young people in one of Baltimore's toughest neighborhoods. "On June 1, we opened a Kids Safe Zone in Sandtown-Winchester in a vacant laundromat," said Ericka L. Alston, spokeswoman for the Penn-North Community Resource Center. "We've transformed that laundromat into a safe haven for children. The curriculum is 'stay alive.'" Alston said her group has served more than 3,000 children this summer, and needs about $218,000 to fund the work...

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