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Life Remodeled Putting Fresh Face On Schools, City Blocks In Detroit

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Equipment on site at Cody Elementary School in Detroit. (WWJ/Laura Bonnell)

Equipment on site at Cody Elementary School in Detroit. (WWJ/Laura Bonnell)

DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit’s Cody High School is the focus of some major renovations ahead of the first day of school.

Life Remodeled, a non-profit organization, is putting in the funding to make the new look happen, with a larger goal of reshaping lives one neighborhood at a time.

“We found real stories of real need – real violence against kids – one of the highest violent crime rates against kids in entire city of Detroit. A graduation rate that used to be among the worst five percent in the nation,” said Chris Lambert, founder and CEO of Life Remodeled.

Daryl Rice is coordinating the volunteer brigade.

Rice says the project has lead to new discoveries … like whole classrooms.

Cody Remodel (LBonnell)“They had put (up) walls, blocked up some areas and a couple of the folks actually discovered rooms that the teachers never knew existed in the building, so we actually uncovered two or three rooms … storage rooms and a room large enough it could actually fit 30 people in it,” said Rice.

Rice says there are homes coming down in the area, “then obviously the biggest effort is beautification of the whole area so we are anticipating that we will beautify, clean-up 150 to 300 blocks of the city around Cody and around Mann Elementary and around Henderson Elementary.”

The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of September — just in time for Cody’s first home football game this season.

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