Darion Brodeur is about to graduate high school. She has also been going to a trade school as she completes high school. When she graduates from high school she'll get her driver's license and she will have a new car, free of charge, to help her get to work and to college. Darion Brodeur climbed into her very own PT Cruiser even before she is legally allowed to drive.
Brodeur is learning plumbing and heating at Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center at Elk Lake, and soon, she'll be able to drive herself after years of relying on a ride.
The automotive class at CTC worked on the vehicle after buying it with money from a charity, meant to help the students learn the trade and the meaning of giving back.
"It feels nice to know we helped fix a vehicle and that it's going elsewhere. We know it's road safe, the person is going to drive well," said one of the kids fixing up the car.
A typical day for Brodeur starts at 5:30 in the morning and ends at 11 o'clock at night because she has been relying on public transportation. Now, when she heads to college in the fall, she`ll have her driver's license and a brand new car.
Brodeur graduates later this month, the same day she gets her driver's license. Now she has a car and friends who know what's under the hood.
"Now I know who to go to if anything happens," she said.