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Times of recession: A small school in need


San Miguel Middle School is a Catholic school in South Minneapolis with only 57 students. The students speak Spanish as their first language and 96 percent of them qualify for free or reduced lunch. San Miguel is funded almost entirely by individual donations and does not charge tuition.

But the economic crisis has significantly hurt individual giving and the school’s projecting 18 percent less revenue in the next two years. It will likely dip into its reserve funds next year, but that might not be enough to replace the drop in individual giving.

McKenna Ewen is a student journalist at the University of Minnesota. His entire project is available at

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