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Marlin auto tech students offer free car checks for teachers

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Posted at 6:43 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 19:57:07-05

Some mechanics-in-the-making at Marlin High School are sharing their skills for the holidays.

15-year-old Diego Landeros dreams of opening his own auto shop one day.

"I was thinking, this is how I could start my future," Landeros said. "Ever since I was little, I've had a passion for cars."

In his auto tech class, he gets to work on cars each day and all this week he's using what he's learned to help out his teachers.

Brad Warren is the auto tech teacher. He's invited staff to bring their cars in for free checks before the holidays.

So far, 20 teachers have signed up to get their cars checked by the students.

"Judging by this year's sign up, it should be a good success," Warren said. "I think we'll continue to do it more, perhaps even with the people around the community."

The students take a look at tires, brakes, lights and belts. They top off fluids and do oil changes, too.

"Some people need help these days," said 14-year-old Bennie Ray Roddy.

Marlin Middle School teacher Kathleen Suggs has saved a lot of money by bringing her car in.

"It was great to get a check up and not have to go wait in line somewhere to do it," Suggs said. "I just bring it over to work!"

17-year-old Tamarzhe Hopwood enjoys learning through hands-on activities and practicing his skills in a real-world environment.

"I've learned a lot. I've learned how to change brake pads, change the oil, talk to customers," Hopwood said. "I plan on going to college and opening up a shop."

By the end of the week, Warren said his students will have saved their teachers anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000.

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