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Davenport High School Students Use New Skills to Help Nonprofits

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A Davenport teacher, business owner, and nonprofit director walk into a bar... add high school students with automotive skills, and no joke, it's a triple win. 

Last week, students in Ryan Graap's vehicle repair and maintenance class at West High School worked on cars from four charities.

And they used equipment donated by Northern Tool and Equipment, which has a store in Davenport.

The vocational automotive class is for juniors and seniors at Davenport West.

Seniors who take the course a second time serve as Graap's shop managers and mentor the new students. 

The vehicles are from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley, Friendly House, Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store, and River Bend Foodbank. The high school students changed the oil, and performed all the system checks and maintenance a car would get during a full tune-up, all for free.

Northern Tool & Equipment is based in Minnesota and started its Nurturing Trade and Excellence Program to help encourage more students to go into the trades.

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