GOOD KIDS: Flint schools merger gets help from GM Student Corps

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FLINT (WJRT) - (08/16/17) - For the past few years, General Motors has selected groups of high school students for special projects in Flint and Detroit.

GM Student Corps is wrapping up another summer, and the kids from Flint have been busy.

Ten students from Flint Southwestern Academy were picked to help their school merge with Flint Northwestern. Along with hard work, the kids learned skills that will serve them the rest of their lives.

The athletic departments at the two Flint high schools will become one this fall and all teams will be known as the Jaguars. The two schools will share the same colors, black and teal. Who better to help with the transformation than the GM Student Corps?

"A lot of people love the stuff that we're doing for the community for the Flint Community Schools having them come together as one," said Alisia Manns, a student at the Flint south campus.

Much of the work involved painting. The students went through 103 gallons of paint and dozens of paint brushes and rollers.

"The biggest thing I learned, I learned how to paint," said Nolan Henson, a student at the Flint south campus.

There was so much more to the program. The students traveled to GM World Headquarters in Detroit and to Flint Assembly. They learned how to write resumes and about the importance of controlling finances.

"Learning how to work as a team, learning how to work together, tool skills, how to use equipment," said Jerry Leman, GM Student Corps Team Leader.

For their hard work, the United Way of Genesee County gave the school district a check for $4,000.

"I think it's a really good program. I like that we all get to do things together and to help our school out," said Lacoia Collins, a student at Flint south campus.

The team painted about 85 doors at the Flint south high campus and a number of projects at the Flint north campus.

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