General Motors Student Corps and United Way of Genesee County Team Up to Help Flint Southwestern
Ten Flint Southwestern Classical Academy students have spent the summer working to improve the facilities at the school as part of the General Motors Student Corps program. “Student Corps, an extension of GM’s commitment to education, matches teams of 10 high school interns with retired General Motors executives and college interns to plan and execute community service projects, usually at schools and parks. The students manage all aspects of their projects, from budgeting, planning and troubleshooting to meeting deadlines,” according to the GM website.
The team completely renovated one of the courtyards by building a large deck with an outdoor classroom, Zen garden and picnic tables for the students. In addition, each student was encouraged to save $200 during the summer for their future educational needs. The money saved has been matched by the United Way of Genesee County, totaling $2,000, which will be donated to local charities on behalf of the students. Students selected the Humane Society of Genesee County to receive $1,000 and Catholic Charities of Shiawassee & Genesee Counties to receive $1,000 for the Re-Connections Program. A special dedication ceremony was held Tuesday, Aug. 21 in the school courtyard.