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PAPER ROUTE DELIVERS EXTRA INCOME, TEACHES WORK ETHIC TO FARMINGTON TEEN

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It's money in the bank and genuine work experience for Spencer Toronto, a Farmington 14-year-old who delivers the Deseret News to more than 80 of his neighbors every day of the week.

Spencer took over the route 14 months ago and agrees it's been a good project, in fact one that he occasionally shares with other family members. His sister, Becky, 15, fills in for him when the demands of her homework allow."I needed some money in the bank," Spencer, an eighth-grader at Farmington Junior High School, said of his decision to take on the route. "I did it for the work experience, too, but mostly for the income."

The income has gone for a pair of high-tech in-line skates, which Spencer uses in good weather to deliver his papers, in addition to school clothes, incidental expenses and basketball trading cards.

"They really are able to take care of most of their needs: clothes, Scout camps and school events," said Spencer's mother, Carolyn Toronto. "And Becky paid for her own airplane ticket to California this summer. It's not bad."

She also likes the responsibility and work ethic the seven-day-a-week job teaches.

"We don't have cows to milk. There's a discipline to it. Their activities have to center on having the papers delivered before they can do anything else," she said. "It's good exercise and good experience.

"They've also learned hand-eye coordination," Carolyn Toronto said. "They've got to hit that front porch with a paper."

As Becky, entering her high school years, gradually gives up helping on the route, other, younger Toronto siblings cycle into it.

"It's the beginning of a family tradition. We'll be passing it along to the younger kids," the mother said.

By Deseret News staff writer Don Rosebrock