Would You Like Some Fries With That Math Homework?
Students who work part-time at a number of McDonalds restaurants around the country are being paid to get their homework done:
At Kathy and Jerry Olinik's two restaurants about 55 miles west of Detroit, high school and college students will be allowed to stay on the clock for an extra hour before or after their shifts this fall, as long as they spend the time doing schoolwork.Not to be outdone, it's rumored that some Burger King franchises are also paying part-time employees to finish school work on the clock.
"Kids are our future. Anything we can do to support that is the responsible thing to do," Jerry Olinik says.
It is an idea catching on around the nation.
A McDonald's franchise owner in Wisconsin lets students stay on the clock to participate in a study group. Owners in North Carolina and Virginia allow employees to take English language classes as part of their shifts.
Seventeen-year-old Sarah Hocking works about 10 hours a week during the school year at one of the Oliniks' restaurants. She says she plans to take advantage of the program to get her homework done -- probably math.
"I think it's a good idea," she says. "Some kids don't want to do homework, so maybe this will motivate them to get it done."
When I was 16 years old, I held my first paying job at Kash and Karry supermarket in Winter Haven, Florida. I still remember the joy that I felt when the manager, Mr. Schick, first allowed me to take a 15 minute coffee break "on the clock."
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