GLTS Students Restore Fleet of Lawrence Police Cruisers

 Autobody Students with John Lavoie, Steph and Chief Left to right: Lawrence juniors Michelette Vargas, Christian Rodriguez, Nelfi Rodriguez, Superintendent John Lavoie, GLTS School Committee member Stephany Infante, of Lawrence, Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque, Lawrence juniors Heinrich Schnepp, Vaneri Delgado and Dianna Vasquez. (Courtesy Photo GLTS)



ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that GLTS partnered with the Lawrence Police Department to restore three police cruisers. Juniors and seniors in the school’s auto collision and repair program, and instructor Tom Hatem, repaired three vehicles that were in need of some TLC. Students completed minor body work and did a complete paint job, including new decals. “The kids take a lot of pride in working on these types of projects,” Hatem said.

Lawrence-Police-Car-1320x826“Everything they do is good practice for their future careers, and it’s great to give back to our partner communities whenever possible.” On May 4, Chief Roy Vasque and members of the Lawrence Police Department visited GLTS to thank students for their hard work. The restored vehicles will be used for traffic and community police work.

“It was cool meeting the Chief, especially because I live in Lawrence,” said junior Christian Rodriguez, who spray painted the cruisers. “I think the cars looked really nice. I would love to see them on the road.”

Superintendent Lavoie and Stephany Infante, GLTS School Committee representative from Lawrence, also made a special visit to the auto collision and repair shop to admire the completed vehicles. “I’m very proud of the work our students do each day,” Infante said. “Without a doubt, you can tell how proud they were to work on these cruisers. It’s amazing how they are able to learn, do what they love and give back to their community all at the same time.”