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2015 Life Remodeled Focuses on Osborn High in Detroit

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GM Student Corps interns at Osborn High School are cleaning out a greenhouse and refurbishing a courtyard and pond outside their school as their summer project, which dovetails with a massive makeover of the school and Osborn community in August led by Detroit-based non-profit Life Remodeled.

GM Student Corps interns at Osborn High School clean out a greenhouse
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Ten students from Osborn High School in the Detroit area are participating in this summer’s GM Student Corps paid internship initiative. As a result, they will be participating in the clean-up and remodeling of their school in an effort to help beautify their community.

The students will be teaming with retired General Motors employees from the area, all of whom are contributing to a community makeover project that is expected to draw more than 12,000 volunteers in August.

“The students are very interested in leaving a legacy,” said Osborn GM Student Corps team retiree Deborah Easternhall. “They want to look back on their work and say ‘We did that.’”

The students and retirees will take part in Life Remodeled 2015 from August 3rd-7th. This year’s iteration of the project focuses solely on Osborn High, and more than 3,000 GM employees have pledged their assistance. The effort will use $5 million in funds donated by GM to renovate the school’s courtyard, build benches, install solar panels, repair a pond, and rebuild an old greenhouse. Using the greenhouse, students will learn the fundamentals of growing vegetables.

Last year, Cody High School in northwest Detroit was the site of Life Remodeled, where volunteers helped create a new STEM lab and a new football field.

In addition to Osborn and Cody, GM Student Corps schools volunteering in Life Remodeled 2015 include: Central Collegiate Academy, East Detroit High School, Flint Southwestern Academy, Hamtramck High School, Harper Woods High School, Henry Ford High School, Madison High School, Melvindale High School, Pontiac High School, River Rouge High School, and Van Dyke Lincoln High School. Overall, 130 students, 55 retired GM employees, and 14 interns from the University of Detroit Mercy and the University of Michigan-Flint will be participating.