Tuesday, June 25, 2024

SPTC helps students with summer job program


By Jessie Sosa*, Intern

Local students are taking advantage of the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) summer job program. This program was created for the students so that they can pay their school fees, and in the process, ease the burden on their parents and stay occupied during time off from school.

Summer Job Program SPTC-6According to Freddie Gonzalez Jr., SPTC Foreman, the council decided to help the students with a summer job to help with their education. Each student is given $200 per week, half of which goes to pay school fees and the remaining half is for pocket money. The summer program runs for six weeks.

The program began on Monday June 24th and runs until Friday August 2nd. Daily, the students gather at the Central Park at 8:00am, after which they labor until 12 noon, when they leave for a one hour lunch break. They return at 1:00pm and work until 4:00pm. Some of the things they do include raking the beach, garbage collection and sweeping of streets and general maintenance.

Currently the SPTC has seven students working under the summer job program. Damian Pollard is one of the students and he told The San Pedro Sun that he is glad that the SPTC is helping them through this summer program. All the students are appreciative of the assistance offered by the SPTC, as it has given them the opportunity to work for their own money. They also promised to wisely spend the half of the money they get to keep!

*Meet Jessie

Jessie-Sosa-InternThe San Pedro Sun is proud to introduce our summer interim reporter Jessie Sosa. The 13 year old student of San Pedro High School is looking forward to her second year of studies as a sophomore. She enjoys sports such as softball and basketball. Her favorite subject is mathematics. Jessie is happy to be an interim reporter, with a focus on photography, and one day hopes to work at The Sun. We welcome Jessie and hope she has fun and enjoys the wacky, wonderful world of this our island newspaper! To our readers, we hope you enjoy her style of writing. Welcome Jessie!

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