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      Nonprofit mobilizes thousands to improve schools

      A nonprofit is mobilizing thousands of volunteers for a six-day, roughly $5.5 million effort to improve three Detroit schools and the surrounding neighborhoods.

      Chris Lambert, the founder and president of Life Remodeled, tells The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1sPKbJU ) the organization is helping bring together volunteers from neighborhoods, block club members, church leaders and employees of General Motors and Quicken Loans.

      Volunteers are to work starting Monday at Cody High School as well as Mann and Henderson elementary schools. Projects at Cody include a new roof, electrical repairs, landscaping and a new football field.

      Volunteers will remove brush and garbage and add plants and flowers on more than 100 blocks. Work will include demolishing 10 abandoned homes and remodeling at least 20 students' homes.

      A celebration is planned Sunday.