A few more weeks and the summer is officially over but still there are hundreds of students seeking an opportunity to make some money having the time in their hands. Some of these students have enrolled in the summer program at the Orange Walk Town Council in which they are hired to do some work around town for a small wage. This is the first week and we caught up with some of them this morning as they labored at various sections of town.
Dalila Ical – Reporting
A little extra cash never bothered anyone but for these students, the money they are earning this week goes far. They have all enrolled into the summer program at the Town Hall.
They are all teenagers, with some as young as eleven years old who reported to their job this morning for day one. After being assigned a team, they headed out to different locations to start their day’s labor.
“It’s going well am meeting new people and we are cleaning around the town.”
“Good, I like it”
Dalila Ical – Reporter
“What have you done so far?”
“We went all around the police station and by Banquitas and by Courts, everywhere picking up garbage.”
“I like it because you get to know new people and other face you haven’t seen before and stuff like that.”
“So far this morning we are picking up the garbage until tomorrow we will be raking and I find it easy because it is our Orange Walk and it is nothing hard to do.”
They work for half day and each day will be a different task. And while a majority of these youngsters shied away from the camera, a few outgoing ones told us how important this opportunity is for them.
“It helps me a lot to buy my school supplies that I haven’t bought yet.”
“It helps me a lot because it is easy for me to buy y school stuff and other thing that could help my parents.”
“When you have financial problems and when you come and work you can help out yourself and then your mom feels proud at you and stuff like that so I feel that when I come and do this I feel proud of myself because I show other people that I am independent and I can do my own things too.”
But learning to be self-sufficient is only one thing these enthusiastic teens have learned on their first day on the job. And their second lesson is one they voiced loudly.
“I think it teaches teenagers like me to clean the town because other people they don’t care so when they see us picking up the garbage they see that we worry so maybe they stop throwing garbage.”
“Just for people not to be throwing garbage around and it also teach us to clean Orange Walk because it is our town and for other tourist that come here they want to see it clean.”
“Throw it in the garbage and don’t litter”
The group of students will work for one week. Next week a second intake will be working around town. A total of one hundred students will be working in this year’s summer program organized by the Town Council and financed with revenues generated at the 2014 Fiestarama Business Expo.
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