Selling fireworks helps Lamar student pay for school

 For about ten days twice a year you'll find Angel Fernandez behind the counter of the firework stand on Highway 90 near China.

"My best friend that works here… he got me into this job, asking if I wanted some extra money," Fernandez told 12News Tuesday.

With a fan to keep him cool, Fernandez works from 10 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon. He also works about 30 hours a week at Home Depot.

"I go to work right after this," he said, about 4 hours into his 12-hour workday.

It's his fourth summer selling fireworks, but to him, it's more than just a way to make some extra cash. It's an investment in his education.

"I used to do it just for myself, spare time, but now that I'm in college, I need money for books and supplies," he said.

For the senior studying psychology at Lamar University, Fernandez says the roughly $1,000 a year he makes working at the stand helps pay for his textbooks every semester, and sometimes enables him to help his family at home.

"I'll help pay for bills and groceries," he said.

It was a job that started as a fun summer gig, but has skyrocketed into so much more.




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