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Students work part-time jobs

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Sydney Ward and Gustav Baur, sophomore and senior, are only a few of the many hardworking students at Lincoln who have after-school jobs.

Students, when asked why they have a job, gave many different answers. Some said for money, others said for experience and a few said to help support their families.

According to Oregon Child Labor Laws, students under the age of 16 are prohibited to work more than 18 hours a week during the school year and no more than 40 hours a week when school is not in session. 16 and 17-year-olds can work a maximum of 44 hours a week.

Many students enjoy working while others do not.

“I do it to get money and because I enjoy it,” says Ward. Ward works for her dad editing videos for her father’s company.

On a survey put out on the Cardinal Times Instagram, nine of the eleven students who responded said that they do enjoy working at their job.

Some of the jobs that students listed were a barista, host/hostess, ice cream scooper, lifeguard and sales associate.

Baur says his job is, “emotionally and physically rewarding.” He works with children as a running coach at The International School.

“I work maybe 4 hours a week. It depends,” says Ward, “the videos have to be made before I can do anything.”

Child Labor Laws also say that if you are 14 or 15 years old you are not allowed to work during school hours.

When asked if his job ever interferes with school or afterschool activities Baur said, “I leave right at 3:20 and I already have to be changed for work before the bell rings. Then I run down to work and back when I am finished.’’

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