ALLEN PARK (WWJ) – Student-athletes at ten Downriver high schools are all on the same team, raising money for Goodwill Industries.

In the “Dollars for Jobs” campaign, students are challenged to fill envelopes with twenty-five $1 donations.  That $25 pays for one day of re-training for an out-of-work adult.

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Allen Park High School athletic director Ken Stephens tells WWJ Newsradio 950 this is an education the students can’t get from a textbook.

“I’m sure every single person in the high school knows someone who has been hit hard with the recession that, you know, we’ve been going through.  So it’s a way for the students to first-hand see that their efforts can pay dividends,” Stephens said.

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Stephens said it’s a chance for teens to be ambassadors for their community.

“We always tell the kids, it’s not always what you do on the court or the ice, but it’s also what you do off. People see you wearing a varsity jacket, and they’re gonna see… the little things you do while you’re out in the public, and that’s their perception than of that highschool or that sport,” he said.

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Huntington Bank is also a partner.  The drive runs through April 22.