Being Essential


Gaby Faro

Loey Jones-Perpich

When current Skyline junior Gaby Faro accepted an after school job at Sparrow Market in 2019, she was prepared to work 3-4 hours a day, three days a week. Her duties were simple: check customers out at the front register, stock shelves when items are missing and answer any questions a shopper may have. She and one or two other coworkers would help a usually calm stream of evening shoppers.

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“We obviously all wear gloves and avoid touching faces or making unnecessary contact,” Faro said. “I personally always make sure to wash my hands before I leave the store and shower immediately when I get home, as well as washing my work clothes.”

Although by working so many hours in a store with many in-person customers, Faro tries not to worry too much and instead chooses to focus on the ways her presence at work can make a difference.

“There’s always a risk going out when there’s a virus like this,” Faro said. “But we need people to work in grocery stores, and I personally feel more comfortable that it be me working, a young person with high odds of recovery should I get [COVID-19], rather than a more at risk person. This is something really out of my control, so I try not to worry myself extensively, because that won’t do any good.”