By Terri Lee Sylvester

DETROIT (WWJ) – Instead of complaining about conditions in their neighborhood, a group of Denby High School students decided to do something about it.

The students behind this effort believe a few people can make a big difference and they’re proving it.

As a result of this two-day effort there are stacks and stacks of tires, lining the street and waiting to be picked up on Monday and recycled.

Those tires once littered the neighborhood.

Former Denby teacher William Pointer is lending a hand to clean up the neighborhood.

Denby students help with clean up.

Denby students help with clean up.

“I believe our students are our resource that is probably our most precious. (It’s) not the finances, not the money but the actual people that we have in our community. I think that when our students inspire each other they help to inspired the adults also,” Pointer said to WWJ’s Terri Lee.

The students worked two days to clean up a six block area on Detroit’s east side.

This is the same neighborhood where the bodies of two young women were found in a burned out car.

Student government president Randy Grier and his friend Angela Kilgore are behind the clean-up effort.

“Transform this entire community into just a better place and make it safer and more beautiful and more green and all-round a better place,” she said.

Kilgore said that she hopes other people in blighted areas will stop complaining about the neighborhoods and do something about it.

“It’s been like this for a while and we need to bring it back to what it was,” said Grier. “When I was little, when I used to live here … it was way better than this.”


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