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Sixth-grader learns, earns by running his own lawn business

Staff writer

You could learn a lot mowing lawns in the heat.

Jackson Howard, 11, of Marion has learned how to show up on time, stick with a job until it’s done, and not give up even when work is not fun.

And that’s a lot, even for a sixth-grader with his own lawn care operation: Jackson’s Lawnmowing.

He even has a business card.

Jackson trims weeds, mows, and waters plants for his customers in the summer. In winter, he shovels snow. Jackson wanted to learn how to run his own business, and the chores made sense to him.

“It just seemed like the easiest and closest thing I could do,” he said.

He started Jackson’s Mowing last year after a neighbor hired him. Now he has 15 regular and 13 occasional customers.

“Lots of them live at the lake and have a lake house,” he said. “It’s not the first thing they want when they come home — to mow their yard.”

Lawn care is not always easy, even for a boy who plays football. It is summer in Kansas, after all.

“Sometimes I will have to stop to get some water and get a little break because it is hot in the summertime” he said, wiping his forehead after trimming weeds.

He has also had to learn the “social skills” of a young businessman.

“Some people are stressful,” he said.

His mother, Becky Howard, is impressed.

“I am so proud of him, and thankful for his customers,” she said. “As an only child during this COVID-19, this has been such a blessing.”

“This has given him a reason to get out and be productive and active. And it is something he can do every day.”

Jackson’s Lawnmowing is accepting inquiries at (316) 259-1242.

Last modified June 25, 2020

 

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