DETROIT, Mich. - Summer is winding down, and come September, 900 kids will be back in the classroom at Osborn High School in Detroit.
Anyone familiar with the school knows it's a shadow of its former self, but thanks to the efforts of 9000 volunteers, things are going to look a lot better for those returning students.
Osborn has been in decline for decades, but in just a week, an army of volunteers working for the non-profit "Life Remodeled" have made some amazing improvements.
"They spent 51 weeks preparing and one week doing over at Cody High, Osborn and then Denby," said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. "The impact will be felt for years into the future."
Mayor Duggan came out to Osborn High Sunday to help celebrate what those 9000 volunteers accomplished. They spent the last week transforming the school. The old gym floors were repurposed as walls in the cafeteria. They added a new library, outfitted with tech tools for learning.
They also made sure students can learn without getting rained on. Volunteers and donations were able to knock the roof budget from $2 million to less than $900,000. Detroit Public Schools is chipping in to help.
"This is how neighborhoods are going to come back," Duggan added. "Partnering non-profits and neighborhoods and we'll turn things around quickly."