Back in Ann Arbor, Grimard, who received his private pilot's license last fall, wipes down planes and answers phones at the Ann Arbor �xADAirport--and sinks some of his paycheck into renting planes by the hour. Comfortable enough to take guests in the air, he laughs as he recalls his dad's initial nervousness. "He drank coffee before we went up! He never drinks coffee."
Having learned that airlines like �xADcollege-educated pilots, Grimard plans to start at WCC in the fall. And along with his inspiration to fly, he says he left New York determined to stay involved somehow in America's struggling schools.
His dad believes that City Year strengthened his son's talent for leadership, something he sensed Grant possessed early on. "Anyone can be a pigeon," he recalls telling his son in seventh grade. "I want you to be an eagle."
Dennis was moved by Grant's answer: "He said to me, 'Can't an eagle and a pigeon be friends?' That's Grant."
[Originally published in June, 2013.]