The Madison High School team is one of the 11 participating in the GM Student Corps in what started as a summer employment program. The inaugural GM Student Corps was introduced in May 2013 by General Motors North American President Mark Reuss who stressed the program was also set up to include community service, education and mentoring.
GM retirees were also recruited and assigned to each team to provide the leadership and mentoring component. The two GM retirees assigned to the Madison High School Team were Ron Pniewski and Greg Rice. Under their leadership and guidance, the Madison High School students decided to spruce up Rosie’s Park, a neighborhood park in close proximity to their high school. The students were responsible for managing every aspect of the park renovation; from budgeting, planning and carrying out the project to completion. The extensive renovation included; painting and replacing boards on the bleachers, complete clean-up and overhaul of fallen wood & other debris around the Rosie’s Woods trail, adding new picnic tables, painting the exterior of the shelter building and doors, removing graffiti, adding a dog waste dispenser, fence repairs, new swing set structure, new recycling Kirby carts, and much more. The official ten week internship started in mid-June and ended in mid-August. GM paid for the entire cost of the project including; materials, lunch and even transportation.
The students also took the other days to take trips to Focus Hope, Junior Achievement “Financial Park”, GM’s Tech Center, GM’s Assembly plant and the University of Detroit Mercy’s campus to learn life skills such as career development, banking, health and safety.