Wynter McClain paints in the kitchen area at Eastpointe High School. McClain is a student in the General Motors Student Corps program.

Wynter McClain paints in the kitchen area at Eastpointe High School. McClain is a student in the General Motors Student Corps program.

Photo provided by Caitlyn Kienitz


Eastpointe students tackle high school kitchen with GM Corps program

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 25, 2018

 McClain, left, and Elijah Cram sand cabinet doors for the kitchen project during their General Motors Student Corps program.

McClain, left, and Elijah Cram sand cabinet doors for the kitchen project during their General Motors Student Corps program.

Photo provided by Caitlyn Kienitz

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EASTPOINTE — With the help of the General Motors Student Corps program, this summer Eastpointe High School students are renovating the high school kitchen along with adding words of encouragement throughout the school.

The program runs from June to mid-August at EHS.

Two of the students in the program, Wynter McClain and Jayla Granger, spoke with the Eastsider July 18 regarding their experience thus far. 

“The biggest plan we made this year was to renovate our kitchen by painting the walls, and replacing the sinks and countertops,” said McClain, who will be a senior in the fall. 

 With their $12,000 budget, the students also are fixing the bleachers in the soccer fields and painting words of encouragement around the school doors. 

McClain said the program has taught him specifically to focus on tasks. 

“I’ve learned new skills with painting too. Replacing the sink and removing countertops, this is all brand new to me,” he said. “If you don’t know or hear what your supervisor or boss has told you, you won’t know how to do anything. Just like with a teacher, if you don’t know the assignment, you won’t be able to get your work done.” 

McClain said the GM Corps program also is beneficial to him because this is the second job he’s had, and he can put this experience on his resume. 

“Colleges look at the present and how much you’ve excelled in the workplace,” he said. 

Granger — who will be a junior in the fall — said the program has taught her to try new things. 

“It was really cool to have different projects around the school. I always love to help my community as much as I can. This was really important to me to try different things,” she said. 

She likes the fact that freshman students in the fall will be able to use a new kitchen because of the program. 

“I wanted to be more active and speaking to people; they gave us specific jobs here, but my personal goal was to be more open,” she said. “It’s a really good experience to have, and you’ll have a lot of fun with it.” 

The students also go off campus during the week to the GM headquarters in downtown Detroit.  

“We also get to see how the GM headquarters are in general, and it’s a good experience to have in your back pocket. The last time we went was financial day, where they taught us money management and gave us a lot of information we can use in the future,” she said. “It was really helpful.” 

Granger said the program also takes students to college campuses.

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