St. Pete teen cuts grass all summer to save for own college tuition

Posted at 5:06 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 13:07:33-04

As most students get ready to head back to school on Wednesday, a St. Petersburg teenager spent his last day working outside in the rain to save money for his college tuition.

Tyree Horn Jr. took it upon himself to ask his dad for direction to start saving for his college. 

The 13-year-old is an honor roll student.

"I'm trying to build something for my future," he said. 

Tyree's father said his son asked him how to start saving.

"I was shocked he was asking me this," he said.

The single father of five has been a barber to support his children, but has taken this summer to work alongside his son to help him save. 

"We started a college savings account in his name," he said. 

With no vehicle, the Horns walk to every job pushing their lawn mower. Some of their clients are more than five miles away. 

Horn has found knocking on doors will give him a few more extra jobs, and, if no one is home, he leaves them a handwritten index card with his information and services. 

Horn hopes his business continues to bring him business over the summers, and he plans to have his dad keep up with clients while he is in school.