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Education

'It's so worth it.' The story of three girls, six buses and the hope for a better education

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Jennifer Guerra
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Michigan Radio

School is almost out for summer! For some students, that means camp. For others, it means time to get a job. For the three high school sophomores you’re about to meet, it means a break - not just from school, but from riding the bus.

Every day, the girls leave their homes in the struggling Detroit neighborhood of Brightmoor and hop on two city buses and one yellow bus to get to New Tech High School in Dearborn Heights. Their names are Shaqueria (Shay) Harris-Bay, Navia Daniel and Tanesha George, and they captured their morning trip in an audio diary for our State of Opportunity project.

Join them on their journey as you listen to their audio diary on our State of Opportunity website. While you're there, you can also hear what it's like to grow up in their Detroit neighborhood of Brightmoor, where drugs and gangs are rampant and opportunities are hard to come by.