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Teens Cook Up Plan For College

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A group of Nashville teens has come up with an old-fashioned way to help pay for college -- a bake sale.

Kevin Brandon, Dillon Francois, Justin London and Brandon Tansil just graduated from Martin Luther King Magnet High School. They work together at The Cupcake Collection in Germantown.

Realizing the boys were struggling to pay for their first semester of college, the owners agreed to let them take a weeklong trip on the cupcake bus selling the sweets, with all profits going toward their tuition.

"We consider each one of them to be a part of our family," said owner Mignon Francois. "When they had deficits, it became a burden of mine too."

The bus has a built-in oven, refrigerator and sink. The boys leave Tuesday morning with plans to stop in Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; and New York City.

"We want to impact these boys so later when it's 20 or 30 years from now, they can impact somebody else," said owner Alvin Francois, who will be driving the bus on the trip.

"It's going to get hot. We'll get mad at each other at times," said London.

When the teens return, they'll have a few days before they leave for college -- Tennessee State University, Xavier University in New Orleans and Morehouse College in Atlanta.

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