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Pope Elementary students express their concerns about the school closing with artwork.

Pope Elementary students, staff concerned with safety issues if school closes

by Ananth Baliga and Lisa Carter
May 21, 2013

Ananth Baliga & Lisa Carter

Pope Elementary students and staff are concerned with safety issues if school closes

Chicago is known as a city of neighborhoods, but it may also be considered a city of blocks. Nathaniel Pope Elementary School students in North Lawndale would have to cross blocks in two major gang territories and a major highway to their new school less than a mile away.