Putting in the Hours

Many students at AHS balance their education, extracurricular activities, and working a job each day.

Senior Nellie Grooms works at Fareway Meat and Grocery where she can be found stocking shelves and working the checkout.

Camryn Church

Senior Nellie Grooms works at Fareway Meat and Grocery where she can be found stocking shelves and working the checkout.

Many students have a job or have had a job in the past. Whether it was stocking groceries or mowing someone’s lawn, most have dabbled in at least one way of making money. A few students go above and beyond for their job and enjoy working when they are not in the halls of AHS. 

Senior Nellie Grooms has worked at Fareway Meat and Grocery for a year and a half. She works both in the morning before school and after school. In the morning she stocks shelves and unloads trucks, while in the afternoon she checks out customers and sometimes stocks dairy. 

The customers we have are very respectful and that definitely makes work more enjoyable.”

— Nellie Grooms

“The customers we have are very respectful and that definitely makes work more enjoyable,” Grooms said. She works between 27-33 hours a week. Grooms said it can be “difficult” to receive hours because of the sports and activities she participates in.

Grooms compares the work environment to a “family” and enjoys the people she works with. “I have a great relationship with most of my coworkers. Working together, trying to get stuff done day by day, and learning new things helps the bonds grow,” she said. You can apply to work at Fareway online, or you can pick up an application in person. Fareway Meat and Grocery pays above minimum wage and the hours are very flexible for newly employed students. 

My boss is really great at working around school and extracurricular activities.”

— Charlotte Saluk

Like Grooms, sophomore Charlotte Saluk often finds herself working before school. Saluk works at Scooter’s Coffee and said her hours depend on how busy her school schedule is. “My boss is really great at working around school and extracurricular activities,” said Saluk. She works two morning shifts a week before school starts and occasionally on the weekends. 

Saluk enjoys who she works with, and has formed a friendship with her coworkers. “I’ve formed some great bonds with my coworkers and I know I can always count on them,” she said. Those interested in applying to work at Scooter’s would need to “check the availability” and fill out an application online, with a resume. “People should want to work at Scooter’s because it’s a great job for high schoolers. They work around all of your extracurricular activities and provide a fun and safe environment. It gives you experience with both the foodservice industry and customers,” Saluk said.