CLEVELAND – Students at Max Hayes High School presented the City of Cleveland with a refurbished police cruiser that they repaired after it was damaged during the Cavs championship celebrations.
Students in the Auto Collision Repair program spent the last year and a half dismantling and rebuilding the cruiser.
Fans jumped on the hood and roof of the car while it was parked on East 4th Street near Quicken Loans Arena in June of 2016, smashing windows and denting the metal.
Teacher Greg Boykin saw the damaged cruiser on the news, and he saw potential. He approached the city about having his auto body students repair the vehicle.
The students sanded, painted and buffed the cruiser, replacing its roof, hood and side panels. Materials were donated by companies including Sherwin Williams, Safelite Auto Glass, Meguiar’s, Dollar Bank and United Sales.
“We all had our different skills and knew different things, and if we put a little bit of this and a little bit of that together, we were able to come together as a team to make this project work,” student Karla Diaz said.
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