"I think it's great what he's doing. It really helped me out tremendously."

Flint native Charles Ruggles has started the Flint Teens Matter project, which provides free senior photo sessions to graduates affected by the Flint water crisis. He reached out online to see who would be interested in the project; he used the help of photographer Ewa Mutzenmore and Jerry Roek, who designed the website.

So far, there's been four sessions between Flint Northwestern and Southwestern Classical Academy, and there's 10 more sessions scheduled this fall for 2017 graduates.

Malik McCombs, a senior at Flint Southwestern, took part in one of the photo sessions. His mom, who has been picking up bottled water for her family three times per week, heard about it from a friend. She told MLive, "I love the photos. My family loves the photos. Some of Malik's friends will actually be getting in touch with Charles. He has won over a lot of people. It takes a very good to person to step up and volunteer their time."

If you'd like more information about the project, and how you can get your graduate involved, check out the website.

I remember how expensive senior pictures were when I had mine taken, and that was 15 years ago. I can't imagine how much they would be now! My parents and I had to split the cost! Big props to Charles Ruggles and all who are involved in this project!


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