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132-year-old North Bennet Street School builds for the future

Keimody Crockett (left) watched a demonstration of work on a wall cabinet by Stewart Pugsley, John D’Anna, and Sam Holcomb.
Keimody Crockett (left) watched a demonstration of work on a wall cabinet by Stewart Pugsley, John D’Anna, and Sam Holcomb.Credit: Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

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With its new $25.4 million North End campus, the North Bennet Street School ushers in a new era with a new focus on its founding mission: providing job skills and social services to the city’s working poor.

Spacious workrooms, broad hallways, and a soaring atrium have replaced the school’s cramped, labyrinthine old location a quarter-mile away.

Administrators say traditional crafts taught at the school—including furniture making, bookbinding, and jewelry making and repair—have gained new relevance, especially since the global financial crisis that began in 2008. Among the new initiatives is a full scholarship for a young Boston resident each year and additional scholarships supported by the school, the BNY Mellon’s charitable giving program, and local foundations.

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