School counselors give guidance on summer planning for high schoolers

How to keep your students busy this summer

ABILENE, Texas - School is almost out for most of the Big Country students and it's not too late to start making summer plans.

High school students are not short of options on how to spend their upcoming summer vacation. Local academic counselors provided some advice to go about making decisions. For seniors getting ready for college Abilene Christian University Counselor Craig Rideout suggests being proactive. He gives students some questions to think about it when deciding their next steps.

"What have you done in high school? What leadership opportunities have you been involved in," Rideout said. "What community service, what work have you done outside of high school that will benefit the college student body."

Getting job is also recommended. Jason's Deli Manager said they encourage high school students to apply for jobs for the summer months.

"They learn a lot of good skills especially if they want to stay in the food service industry," Jason's Deli Manager Casey Kilborn said. "It just grooms them for a good work ethic that we all need to have in our work place."

They're aren't only options for high school seniors. Non-graduating students can also keep busy. Abilene High School Counselor Kren Willis said, "Community service, whether its your local church or vacation bible school or mission trips or meals on wheels.

Whether it's a summer job or a volunteer project, Counselor Willis said, "There's nothing like on the job work experience."

School is officially out for Abilene School District on May 31. Wylie breaks for summer on May 30.

Workforce Solutions of Abilene suggested that students check for employment at places like the YMCA, the City of Abilene, fast food restaurants like Sonic, Jason's Deli and Whataburger. Also, the Mall of Abilene and Sears welcome hiring high school students. Most places require you to be 16 years old to work. If a restaurant serves alcohol, you have to be 18 to apply for a job.

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