Summer is here and most East Dallas youth are basking in three months of unadulterated freedom. But for the industrious ones looking to pocket some extra cash, it means trading in schoolbooks for job applications. From lifeguards to lemonade stands, kids at all different ages seek seasonal work to save up for everything from candy to cars. Here, some of our prominent and longtime neighbors share their memories of working hard during the summer, why they did it and what it taught them.


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Dallas City Councilman Mark Clayton worked at the St. Louis Zoo. (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

Exotic Encounters with Dallas City Councilman Mark Clayton.

Artist Karen Blessen worked as a corn detailer. (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

Children of the Corn with artist Karen Blessen.

Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston: Worked in a a century old ice factory. (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

Ice Capades with Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston.

East Dallas resident Chuck Cole (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

At the Pulpit with restaurateur Chuck Cole.

Cheri Flynn: worked at a theater as a summer job. (Photo by Danny Fulgencio)

That’s the Ticket with teacher Cheri Flynn.

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