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Govans Elementary seeks public’s help after theft

Govans Elementary School, which is located in one of Baltimore’s poorest neighborhoods, is facing hard times of its own, after thieves broke into the school late Sunday evening and stole over $7,000 worth of equipment and cash, including five iPads and the proceeds from the school’s book fair.

The school said it doesn’t have enough funding to replace what was stolen, and new equipment would have to be paid for from next year’s budget.

School officials are asking for financial help from the community at large, noting that “gifts of any size will help us accomplish our goal” of providing a quality education to the school’s 385 students, over 89 percent of whom qualify for free and reduced meals.

The Maryland State Department of Education recognized Govans Elementary this year as one of only 18 Title I Highest Performing “Reward Schools” across the state.

The school is accepting contributions online here.