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Special needs graduate earning his way

Photo by Elaine Rackley: Kashon Jaynes, a recent Union Grove High school graduate is making his mark in life by obtaining his first job.

Photo by Elaine Rackley: Kashon Jaynes, a recent Union Grove High school graduate is making his mark in life by obtaining his first job.

A recent Union Grove High school graduate is making his mark in life by obtaining his first job. For most, the accomplishment is expected and somewhat routine, but for Kashon Jaynes, the opportunity to work is exciting.

Jaynes, 20, has a learning disability. He graduated from High school in May and is scheduled to begin working at McDonald’s on Sept. 14. The McDonald’s prospect said he has been looking for a job since his high school graduation.

He is scheduled to work a probationary period of one week.

The best thing about working at McDonald’s is the food, Jaynes said. “All of my friends go to McDonald’s. My favorite is the Big Mac.”

Jaynes said he is confident about doing a good job at McDonald’s, “because I do a great job at our store,” said Jaynes. “I know I’ll do a good job at McDonald’s.”

The McDonald’s restaurant where Jaynes now works is located about a mile from his family’s restaurant. His parents, Kevin Boatwrigh, and Tanya Jaynes, operate BoJaynes Specialty foods, in downtown McDonough.

Jaynes will be working from 2 p.m., until 4 p.m., as a McDonald’s customer courtesy clerk. His duties include light housekeeping.

“I clean the tables and the counters, and I do a good job,” Jaynes said.

He is familiar with the tasks because he has performed similar work at his family’s business.

Jaynes was able to get his new job through a Clayton County program called WORKTEC (Work Training and Employment Center). It is a non-profit, community rehabilitation agency that helps to provide, under contract, a program to ensure that people with disabilities can reach their potential through independence and employment, according to WORKTEC’s web site.

Jaynes has been a part of the WORKTEC program, at 221 Stockbridge Road, in Jonesboro.

“Everybody kept praying that Kashon would get a job,” said Jaynes’ father, Kevin Boatwright. “He would not give up.”

Tanya Jaynes, the young man’s mother, said she, too, is proud of her son.

“I am full of joy, to know someone is out there to give him an opportunity to show his skills,” she said.