Flint school rises above challenges

Jun 19, 2018 by

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By Dylan Hernandez –

Up in Flint there’s a school dispelling notions about the city.

At dismissal, preppy students in uniforms hop into Jeeps and dash to a downtown cafe for iced coffees and group study. Boisterous drama kids assemble in the new auditorium to rehearse lines for another sold-out production. And the girls and boys soccer teams are both reigning state champions who host matches at a new artificial turf stadium.

You can find similar scenes in a handful of tony Metro Detroit enclaves, but it’s an unexpected sight in Flint.

From the time I transferred into the co-ed Powers Catholic High School in 10th grade, I’ve watched this develop.

The school was an immediate success when it opened on the border of Flint in 1970, but job losses and growing local poverty led to plummeting enrollment. Like so many other urban Catholic schools around the country, Powers’ leaders worried about the school’s viability as they eyed a more affluent suburban relocation.

Source: Opinion: Flint school rises above challenges

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