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Kids help run small business
Letendre started a small company, Traditional Sign Works, in
his Pelham home.
But the company
isn't simply about making banners and turning a profit.
It allows Al
and his wife, Caroline, to spend some extra quality time
with their children. And it's providing them with some money
to pay their kids' college education.
Pictured above is the family.
From left are Andrew, 9, Al, Zachary, 4,
Caroline holding Jessica, 19 months, and
"It gets me to
work with these guys together," said Al of his three sons
who help him.
the company when he discovered it wouldn't cost much more to
buy the equipment to letter his go-cart trailer than to pay
someone to do the job.
provides banners, truck lettering, signs - including window
signs and A-Frame signs - bumper stickers and decals.
His oldest son,
Joshua, 10, likes to help with the design end of the
business. Andrew, 9, and Zachary, 4, are more of the
"hands-on guys" who help their father make the products.
"It took a
while for Zachary to focus on it, but when he did, he was
excited," Caroline said.
who is 19 months, will help when she's older.
Al is a
full-time special service technician for Verizon.
Caroline is a fill-time mom.
The profits the
company earns will be saved to pay for their children's
Al likes that
his kids are learning how a business runs - he recently gave
them a lesson in how the company turned a profit on a job -
and a trade they can use.
they're going to learn a lot from this, and hopefully
they'll stick with this," he said.
But what he and
Caroline also like is that it draws the kids away from the
television and video games. Al talks with his sons
about how they spent their day, or anything they want to
talk about, while they are making their products in the
quality time," he said. "Plus, they're working
together as brothers."
Traditional Sign Works is a business, Al places an emphasis
on quality workmanship. He wants their customers to be
"I don't want
them doing shoddy work," he said. "To do it right."
The company has
done work for several customers in the Pelham and Lowell
areas. The kids get a kick out of seeing their work on
When the family
recently drove by a local store, Exquisite Flowers, which
hangs a banner the family created, the boys were excited.
"I thought it
was really cool," Joshua said.
This was an article from the
Salem Observer written by Darrell Halen. Photo taken
by Bruce Preston of the Salem Observer.