Delivering The Pipestone Flyer newspaper may not only be a great way to make some extra money, but you can have some fun too.
Just ask 11-year-old Philip Reinhardt, of the Millet Reinhardts, who delivers The Pipestone Flyer in the town along Hwy #2A. Philip has been delivering the paper for just over a month now, and took on two routes.
He said he originally found out about the job himself when he saw a flyer delivered to his home from Black Press. Philip said he was thinking about it, then asked him mom about it quite a few times and she finally said “Yes.”
Philip’s mom said the general family rule is that if kids want a pet, they have to buy it themselves. Philip really wanted a bird, so he got his job to help cover the expenses. A cockatiel named Zycodactylus, or “Ziggy,” is now part of the family.
After starting up his route, Black Press phoned back and said another route was available and he jumped on it right away and the second route was even more fun because it was the neighbourhood the Reinhardts used to live in.
Philip’s mom said they have friends in that neighbourhood who can keep an eye on Philip if needed. She said that a paper route can be great for a kid Philip’s age who are ready for the responsibility, as it teaches valuable skills like being responsible with funds.
What makes delivering The Pipestone Flyer even more fun? “I like delivering it because of my roller blades,” he said.
Did he try delivering just on foot? “Yes, I did, and I got a lot more tired,” said Philip. He said roller blades don’t make the job faster, just easier. Bikes are even worse than feet: a bike slows you down.
Philip said delivering The Pipestone Flyer is only one day a week, and sometimes he can do it in the morning, or after school.
And his advice for other kids thinking about delivering The Pipestone Flyer?
“It is a good idea, you can earn money,” said Philip.
“If you have a flat area with sidewalks, it’s really good.”
Those interested in delivering The Pipestone Flyer can call the newspaper office at 780-387-5797.