When he gets to school at 7:40 a.m., 17-year-old Andrew Ware already is tired. The night before, Ware had practiced football for three hours, then slung hamburgers and manned the drive-through at a Burger King for another three hours.
Sleep is a luxury he can’t afford.
“It’s really exhausting,” said Ware, the captain of the Mitchell Marauders football team. “I barely have time for homework.”
Most of his minimum-wage earnings help support his family, paying bills and buying necessities for the household.
“There’s a lot coming at me at once,” he said, “especially now, in my senior year.”