Summer jobs: Finding work, and a family

Kinyania Middleton, a William Penn Senior High School student, works at McDonalds in York. (Photo by Shaniece Holmes-Brown)

Kinyania Middleton, a William Penn Senior High School student, works at McDonalds in York. (Photo by Shaniece Holmes-Brown)

By Shaniece Holmes-Brown

Kinyania Middleton found herself becoming part of a “McFamily” with her coworkers in her summer job.

Kinyania is an upcoming senior at William Penn Senior High School, and she has worked at McDonalds since August of last year.

“The best part is definitely my coworkers, everyone is so supportive of each other,” she said.

Kinyania needed a job, and McDonald’s is convenient because it’s very close to school.

Her work load varies from working the register to handling the drive thru, and she is currently learning how to work the grill. She says that working in fast food has its difficulties.

“Keeping my head on straight is very difficult because sometimes it’s hard communicating with your coworkers since everyone’s so busy. Tensions can rise quickly between dealing with the drive thru and lobby customers at the same time,” she said.

Kinyania is trying to become a crew trainer, to show newcomers the ropes.

“I have started saving up for college, which is why I’ve worked so hard this summer,” she said.

Shaniece Holmes-Brown will be a senior at William Penn Senior High School this fall. She is a member of the YDR Teen Takeover staff.

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at amason@ydr.com or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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