Grim day arrives for those facing school layoffs in Philadelphia

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

When Natalie Hawtin arrived in Philadelphia from Michigan with her teaching degree in 2010, she dropped by a school in Center City and was captivated by the students and staff.

Even after she landed another job in the School District, Hawtin would stroll past Greenfield Elementary School at Chestnut and 22d Streets, point to a third-story window, and say: "One day I'm going to teach there."

Hawtin's dream came true, and she began teaching second grade at Greenfield in September. Her parents were so thrilled, her father built cubbies, a reading bench, and a lectern from trees on the family property in Birch Run, Mich., and drove for two days to install them in her classroom.

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