Sentinel paperboy delivers
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Monday, 04 November 2013 10:40
Thirteen-year-old Sam Scherer knows how to do a job correctly, and his customers appreciate that.
|Sam Scherer folds papers at the Sentinel-Tribune before starting his paper route. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Scherer, a paperboy for the Sentinel-Tribune since August 2011, recently was named first runner-up in the youth category of the 2013 Glenn L. Cox Carrier of the Year awards.
Award winners were named at the Ohio Newspaper Association's fall circulation conference.
Scherer follows in his parents' footsteps, as well as brothers and sister in being a paperboy.
His parents, Kim and Mark Scherer, also were both carriers.
"They really like him," said Kim. "We know a lot of people on the route."
Sam's route, which is four miles, goes down West Wooster Street to the hospital, downtown around Main Street and Clay Street, one house on North Grove, and then Gorrell Avenue and Eberly Avenue.
He increased his route size from one mile in December 2012 to make more money.
He said he runs the route, sometimes accompanied by his dog Cleo, a golden retriever, and it takes about one hour. He has about 90 customers.
"I like to bring my dog on the paper route. He loves it," Sam said.
He said he makes $100 a week, sometimes more, and is saving up to buy a car.
The teen has about $5,000 saved, said his mother, adding that he gets a lot of tips.
"He doesn't spend any money. I think that's a good thing," said Kim.
She said people will see Cleo and say "that's the paper route dog."
She shared that one customer calls Sam "the cat's meow" because he puts the paper exactly where it's supposed to be, inside the door.
Running the route has helped Sam compete in cross country this year.
Sam, who is homeschooled, won all of his cross country meets this year, Kim shared.
Sam received $500 and a plaque, which is hanging in his room.
In his application, he wrote that the one benefit of being a carrier is that he is his own boss.
He estimated he's had 0.504 percent of complaints for every 1,000 deliveries.
Wendy Stram, executive director of the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau, praised Sam in her letter of recommendation.
"He always enters the door with a smile and a 'here's your paper' then ends with 'thank you and have a nice day.'"