Temple: This teacher’s summer job? Selling water on the street

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Killeen Gateway High School English teacher Warren Grannis is spending his summer at the intersection of 31st Street and H K Dodgen Loop in Temple selling bottled water.

High school English teacher Warren Grannis sells bottled water at a busy local intersection. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)

“(I have) two kids in band, two kids coming into school for the first time, (and) a daughter going off to college so everybody's got different needs and it's just a whole bunch of different little things that have to be taken care of,” Grannis said.

He can pocket $90 a day if he makes his goal of selling two cases, and he picked the right location.

More than 37,000 drivers pass through the intersection every day, according to the Texas Department of Transportation's website.

Grannis says he prefers the flexible hours to a regular 9-to-5 job.

“I didn't want to put an employer in the spot where I start training or whatever and then I say ‘all right I have to go back to school,’” Grannis said.

He says drivers in Temple have been nothing but supportive, telling him they can relate to his financial struggles.

“Most people say things like ‘oh you know I'm a retired teacher, my spouse is a teacher, I had a favorite teacher’ things like that,” Grannis said.