Ten students from Osborn High School in Osborn, Detroit have been cleaning up and remodeling their school prior to the thousands of GM volunteers that picked up shovels, paint brushes and rakes this week, running through Friday, August 7.
The students themselves are actually interns in the GM Student Corps, a paid internship program that sees southeast Michigan high school students receive mentoring from GM retirees’ integrated with beautification projects.
The Osborn team has been tasked to build benches, install solar panels, repair an existing pond, as well as clean, repair, organize and repaint an unkempt greenhouse.
“The students are very interested in leaving a legacy,” said Osborn Student Corps team retiree Deborah Easternhall. “They want to look back on their work and say, ‘we did that.’”
It’s great to see GM partnering with grassroots organizations and helping spearhead refurbishment efforts in Michigan, but we truly have to tips our caps to the students who choose to participate in the beautification projects.