Tikarah Robinson could have gone to Florida, stayed with relatives and visited the beach during spring break. Instead, the Glasgow High School junior chose to spend the week working as a carhop at Sonic Drive-In.
She is saving money to buy a car, but not necessarily an expensive one.
“I just want something that can get me around town,” she said.
Robinson is among a number of area teenagers who decided to stay home and work during spring break. Several who spoke with the Daily Times are trying to earn money to put toward the purchase of a vehicle.
Nathan Woodcock, a Glasgow High School freshman, spent spring break working at Houchens Market on Happy Valley Road. When he’s not working as a cashier at the grocery store, he’s stocking shelves or carrying out bags of groceries for customers.
Woodcock wants to buy a Chevy truck.
Neither Robinson nor Woodcock mind working during spring break.
“You get more hours and you get more money due to people being off. You have to come in more and fill their spot,” Woodcock said. “I don’t care to do it. I like to work.”
Robinson also doesn’t mind covering for coworkers who took the week off.
“I love working here,” she said.
Kelsey Johnson, a Barren County High School senior, works as a waitress at Plum Yum Frozen Yogurt and Cafe in Barren River Plaza.
“I could have gone (to the beach), but I just wanted more hours, I guess,” she said.
Johnson is saving money for college. She plans to major in nursing at the University of Kentucky.
She admitted it has been tough to be at work knowing that some of her friends are spending the week at the beach.
“It’s sad when they send me pictures of their tan and of the beach,” she said.
While Robinson and Woodcock anticipate they will be working when fall break rolls around in October, Johnson said, “Hopefully, I will be in Lexington.”
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