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Bill Collins (left), Urban Alternative vice president, and the Rev. Charles Wolford served as instructors for the Adopt-a-School Initiative training session held in Largo, Md., on Aug. 1.

Bill Collins (left), Urban Alternative vice president, and the Rev. Charles Wolford served as instructors for the Adopt-a-School Initiative training session held in Largo, Md., on Aug. 1.

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Churches Urged to 'Adopt-a-School'

The church has long been a base of empowerment, exhibiting an unparalleled degree of influence over the thoughts and lives of its congregants. It comes as no surprise that the Black church, as perhaps the most important institution in the African-American community, has reinvigorated a centuries-old custom for meeting the educational needs of Black students.