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Interview with Dana Floyd,  June 10, 2009
June 10, 2009
Dana Floyd grew up in Mt. Airy, NC, and thought she was headed for a career in business and management. Her degree from UNCW 2005, was in Management/Marketing, but after volunteering with Brigade Boys and Girls Club, found this to be her true calling and in 2007 accepted position as co-ordinator of Big Buddy program, where she is now Executive Director. Dana discusses the various activities for Big Buddies, including Power Hour, Read To Me, Foster Grandparent, Triple Play-Smart Moves, and Street Smarts. This is a very dediated young woman who says "I can,t imagine doing anything else." She is inspiring. The Brigade was begun by Col. Walker Taylor in 1896 and has become a safety net for hundred of young people over the years.
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Interviewee: Floyd, Dana Interviewer: Jones, Carroll / Edwards, Deborah Date of Interview: 6/10/2009 Series: Southeast North Carolina (SENC) Length 36 min

Jones: Wednesday, June 10, 2009. And I'm Carroll Jones, with Debbie Edwards, for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Oral History Project. And we're in the Helen Hagen room in Special Collections. Our guest this morning is Dana Floyd, Director of the Brigade Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington.

Floyd: Actually, I'm not the Director.

Jones: You're not?

Floyd: No. I am the Big Buddy Director.

Jones: All right.

Floyd: I'm not the Executive Director.

Jones: Well, you're the Big Buddy Director.

Floyd: Yes.

Jones: Okay. Fine. That's a good part of it. The next line says, "Dana will tell us about the Big Buddy program and others and give us some history of the club." And good morning, Dana.

Floyd: Good morning.

Jones: And thanks for coming to see us.

Floyd: You're welcome.

Jones: Talk about yourself, first.

Floyd: I was born in Mount Airy, North Carolina, which is the basis for Mayberry, The Andy Griffith Show. Grew up there until I was about 22. Went to high school, community college, and then, I decided to move to Wilmington to get my undergraduate degree.

Jones: Here?

Floyd: Here at UNCW.

Jones: Good.

Floyd: A double major in Management and Marketing.

Jones: Ooh, Management and Marketing.

Floyd: Management and Marketing.

Jones: I guess that's helped you.

Floyd: It helps me out a little bit.

Jones: And when did you graduate?

Floyd: I graduated December of 2005. And I worked all through college in the restaurant industry. And decided one day that I was tired of working every weekend and every holiday. And I got a job with the Brigade Boys and Girls Club in our Pender County--one of our Pender County sites. And then, last summer, I got a job at the Club on Vance Street. And soon after that I was promoted to the Big Buddy Coordinator. And I've been there ever since.

Jones: So you're Coordinator?

Floyd: Well I do--

Jones: What are you called--what is a good name for you? Besides, "Hey, you?"

Floyd: I guess, I am the--my title is the Big Buddy Coordinator, yes.

Jones: Big Buddy Coordinator. Well, that sounds good to me. So you've been with the Brigade Club since 2000--well, when did you go, 2007?

Floyd: 2007.

Jones: 2007, okay. Did you have to have special training for this?

Floyd: A four-year degree was required for the program. There's no special training that I had to go to.

Jones: Any particular degree? Or do they . . .

Floyd: No, just a four-year degree.

Jones: Well, okay, fine. And how did you happen to look into--was it just a job? Or was it something . . .

Floyd: It was something--yes. It was a job to fill my time. But then, it turned into the career that I'm going to have. I've never, ever imagined myself working with children, but I don't see myself doing anything else now. It's something--I don't know. It just hit me all of a sudden that, you know, "Why haven't I done this previously?" So it's a job that I love and it's a career that I'm going to have for my entire life.

Jones: Did you grow up working with children?

Floyd: No. I'm the youngest of four. So there was never any kids around. But I don't know what it is, just working with these kids has sparked an interest in me that is going to continue for a while.

Jones: What are the age groups of these kids?

Floyd: They're all elementary kids, what I started working with. But we have a teen building over there, and we work with middle school and high school kids, too. And, you know, we work from 5 to 18. So anybody, any kids 5 to 18.

Jones: Tell us a little bit about how this operates. Tell us a little bit about the Brigade Boys and Girls Club first. And then, this particular program.

Floyd: Okay. We were started in 1896, actually. We are one of the oldest Boys and Girls Clubs in America. A gentleman named Walker Taylor started out. He saw the need for it when he saw boys in his neighborhood with nowhere to go and nothing to do. So he brought them in for Sunday school classes. And then, it just, kind of, grew into what we have today, unbelievably not. So we've been around for, now, 113 years, serving children in Wilmington, New Hanover County, and Pender County. In 1990, we became known as The Boys and Girls Club. We were the Wilmington Boys Brigade. We served girls, but we actually got the name, Boys and Girls Club. And we are affiliated with the national organization, Boys and Girls Clubs of America. We have currently six sites. We work two free standing--

Jones: Oh, you do?

Floyd: Yes.

Jones: Oh, my gosh.

Floyd: We have two free standing buildings in Wilmington.

Jones: I didn't know that.

Floyd: We divide them up. It's elementary age kids and then, the middle and high school kids . . .

Jones: That's good.

Floyd: . . . each have a building. And then, we have four school sites in Pender County. We're working on getting a building up there. I wish we could. But right now, we're working out of the school systems.

Jones: When you talk about school sites, do you mean, do they live at the school or they just attend?

Floyd: No. Our after school program and our summer program runs in--they let us use their area. Like, we'll have the cafeteria, we'll have the gym. They have office spaces. We have Pender, North Topsail, Cape Fear Elementary School, and then Burgaw. We have sites over there.

Jones: So is this just for the summer, or they actually attend school there?

Floyd: They attend school there. And then their after school care is provided by us.

Jones: Okay. How does a youngster get to be so lucky as to be involved?

Floyd: We are, like I say--

Jones: The little ones all the way up.

Floyd: We are the best kept secret in Wilmington, in my opinion. It's a ten-dollar annual membership fee. You just come by the club, fill out a membership application, pay your $10. You'll get a membership card and then you are eligible for all our facilities. You have free reign of the place. During the summer, from the day school lets out, and until the day school goes back, it's $400 per child, $200 for the teenagers. And lunch and breakfast is included, and we have tons of field trips, lots of programs going on. I mean, it's just . . .

Jones: Just for all ages?

Floyd: All ages. It's very cost effective for the parents. So that's what we try and do is make it cost effective for people involved.

Jones: And that includes everything?

Floyd: Everything. Field trips, you know, give them a couple of dollars to grab something to eat. But everything's included. We have a swimming pool. We do swimming lessons. We have athletic programs. We have a huge computer lab, games, a huge gym. There's a games room, with pool tables and foosball and ping-pong. And just anything you can think of is in our building.

Jones: Do these children--well, again, that's all they have to do. They don't have to be screened. They don't have to have parents who are working, and they have a medical procedure to go through, physicals?

Floyd: No.

Jones: Or anything like that? Nothing?

Floyd: No. We just need to know about their medical history, if they're allergic to something, that I can think of. There's nothing--once you pay $10, you are a member of the Boys and Girls Club.

Jones: Do the parents get involved, if there are parents?

Floyd: Yeah, we have parents volunteer to coach the leagues that we have. They'll come in. And just--and special events, we'll have--we're having a family night coming up soon. We'll be serving hotdogs and chips and a drink. And we're going to a Sharks baseball game, so they can come. And we try to involve the parents in as much as we can.

Jones: Okay. How about kids who are, let's say, in foster homes, or children who, let's say, are from areas where they have no transportation? Or perhaps, there's a mother or somebody who is not able to?

Floyd: We pick up at local schools, a lot of the local schools. As long as there's five kids, we have a bus going to that school. They just need to be picked up from the club. But we do transport from schools to our club during the school year. And then, summertime, they just drop them off, you know, before they go to work. We open at 6:30 and we close at 6:00. So they can be there the entire time. And foster care, we do have a lot of children in foster care that we scholarship through our program. So that's not-- anybody who contacts us and is in dire need, we're not going to turn them away, at all.

Jones: Do you have to reply--I guess, you do have to depend, really, upon donations from, both, private individuals and corporations.

Floyd: Corporations and private individuals, yes. And then, we try to get some grants here and there. And our fees are just--I mean, it's not even much of our budget, at all.

Jones: Dana, I know something about some of these non-profits. I've been interviewing a number of people, and I've volunteered for a couple myself. I know this is a tough year. And there are some people who say, "Well, I've chosen one, two, and that's it. I don't give to"--and basically, that's not such a bad way to go. And some corporations, but we're finding that getting, either, less or nothing this year. Do you have any sources that, say, make yours a priority? Because it is older and it has been in Wilmington for so long. I mean, you've got to be paid a salary. The buses have to operate. Electric bill, et cetera.

Floyd: Our board members work very diligently keeping our club open. They would do, pretty much, anything to get donations to us. They go out and work for that. And then, the donors that we do have tend to donate to us every year. So we are, kind of, their choice. We just, kind of, get lucky on that aspect that people recognize us and are acknowledging the work that we do. And know that we are something special in Wilmington. So we've had some cuts, of course, and with faculty and donations. But we are--our heads are still above water.

Jones: Well, good. What is your mission?

Floyd: Our mission is to inspire, enable every child to become productive, responsible and caring citizens. We want them to grow up having the best character, knowing the importance of volunteering. Education is one of our very top priorities, having good integrity. And then, we incorporate fun in all that. So our mission is to make kids be better than what they came from.

Jones: You talk about education, do you have classes in any of your spaces in your places around town? You talked about computers. I think some kids are born knowing how to use a computer these days.

Floyd: They are. The Internet didn't come until I graduated high school.

Jones: Oh, Lord. But at the same time, certainly, they have to learn somewhere. But do you have these things--do you have some children who are having learning disabilities that maybe can work with people?

Floyd: We have a program called Power Hour, which is the hour they get out of school is devoted to homework.

Jones: Good.

Floyd: They are divided into grades. So the kindergarteners have their own homework room, the first graders. And then, we have, at least, two staff members in there assisting them with their homework. But anybody who doesn't get done in that hour is required to go to extra homework. And that's just the extra time that they need, or that one on one time that they need to complete their homework. And then, the children that are in my Big Buddy program have the benefit of the one on one mentoring. So they are assisted with their Big Buddy with their homework.

Jones: Tell us about the Big Buddy program. Everybody has heard of a Big Buddy program somewhere, all over this country.

Floyd: Yes.

Jones: But they don't all succeed. So . . .

Floyd: Ours is doing pretty good.

Jones: Evidently.

Floyd: Right now, we have about 25 active matches. And it's just a lot of them are UNCW students, actually. So they come and volunteer. It's two hours a week.

Jones: Active matches?

Floyd: Mm-hmm.

Jones: Tell me about the match part.

Floyd: We get referrals from, either, the school, in house referrals, from the parents. Anybody that feels that this child needs is a Big Buddy is referred to my program. I find them matches. I do that--we go to--like, I've been on campus before recruiting. There's a fraternity that sends a lot of its members to me. We go online. Lots of people research us online and find me that way. And I'll just get calls out of the blue as well asking about us.

Jones: Well, how do you determine these people are good matches? That they're really, you know, capable of taking care of a kid?

Floyd: They go through--they fill out an application. We run a background check on them, to make sure there's nothing back there that's, kind of, sketchy. And then, they go through a training session with me. I tell them about the history of our club, the expectations of them. That two hours a week you have to be here. If you have to miss, you know, contact me.

Jones: How many hours?

Floyd: Two hours a week, so eight hours a month. And they go through a thorough training. Then, they are matched with a little buddy that I feel that they would benefit from this Big Buddy. And they're matched. They meet with the parents. The parents okay it. And then, they come in for two hours a week. First thing they do is homework. Once they get done with that they, kind of, have free reign of the place. They can go outside and play kickball. They can go to the computer lab. We've even made cupcakes before. So just, kind of, whatever they want to do at the time. It's just that extra adult they can talk to, tell them.

Jones: Closer to their age.

Floyd: Yeah, tell them what's going on in their lives.

Jones: Does this work for, both, boys and girls?

Floyd: Boys and girls. It's about 50/50 actually.

Jones: Really?

Floyd: Mm-hmm.

Jones: That sounds like--is there an age recognition there or something?

Floyd: The older kids don't seem to be into it as much as the younger kids. But most of them are under 12. But I do have some that are 13, 14, 15. Not a lot, but there's some out there.

Jones: When I've gone to some of the annual dinners, where there have been inspirational speakers, kind of, "I've been there. Look what I've done," you know.

Floyd: Our Youth of the Year program, yeah.

Jones: And I think it's marvelous the way they have kids at each table, and all dressed up.

Floyd: Yes.

Jones: And very, very well mannered.

Floyd: We have the best kids in Wilmington. We do.

Jones: You know, and they're so, so courteous. And I have to tell you this. This was a few years ago. There were two girls and then, there was an empty space. Someone didn't show up, so a young fellow sat down, all dressed up. And this one girl kept going like that to the little boy next to her. And, finally, some adult there, I don't know who it was, said, "What are you doing?" She said, "His table manners are terrible." But I was so--everybody was so impressed. You can't help but be impressed.

Floyd: Yeah, respect is one thing that we try and instill in them to be respectful and courteous of others.

Jones: Well, you probably haven't been there long enough to see some success stories, as far as people coming back. But surely, you know of some.

Floyd: Actually, yes. We have a couple of staff members that grew up in the club. They were there from the time they were five years old, and decided to come back and work. We have one gentleman now, who went there the entire time he was a kid. Worked there last summer, went off to college, came back this summer and worked. We're researching, trying to get an alumni database of people who have went to the club. And there's a board member who came there as a child, as well. And he is just, you know, wholeheartedly about the club and how it changed his life. But we're trying to get some more success stories, as far as the alumni. I have friends who, when I told them I worked there, was like, "I went there when I was ten years old. Are you kidding me? That's great." So I have friends and then, there's people that work there and are board members, have all came there as a child.

Jones: Is there any distinction--or let's say, in order to take advantage of this summer program, the Big Buddy program, are there any parameters that the kids must fit into? I mean, certainly, you're not going to take a child who goes to Forest Hill School, whose parents live right down the street. Or do you?

Floyd: Oh, yeah.

Jones: So it's a mixed bag. It's not geared for mostly disadvantaged children?

Floyd: I don't like the word disadvantaged, actually.

Jones: Okay.

Floyd: But we cater to single parent families for sure.

Jones: Okay.

Floyd: We have a lot of children in the neighborhood who are able to walk to the club when they get off the bus. But, you know, anybody who needs us, we are going to help them. We pick up as far away from our club as, like, College Park. We'll pick up kids from there. But we have several schools we pick up at. And anybody that needs to come, anybody that needs us, we're going to go get them.

Jones: What are some of the other features of the club, itself? Noteworthy?

Floyd: We have about ten acres of land there. We have a huge field, and we have a softball field.

Jones: Now, this is the one on Vance Street?

Floyd: Vance Street, mm-hmm. We have a field for--we have a flag football league, and we have a field for that. We have a huge playground, jungle gym, monkey bars, swing sets. It's wonderful. If I was a child, I would be out there the entire day. In our teen center, we have a gymnasium, a computer lab, a games room. We have a fully operational kitchen for the lunch program during the summer.

Jones: Are these kids mainly staying in school?

Floyd: Yes. If they don't go to school, they can't come to the club.

Jones: Okay.

Floyd: And we have a swimming pool. Next door, we have a computer lab and lots of rooms to different activities, bingo. We have an art room, a ton of stuff. I can't even list them all.

Jones: Do you have mentors?

Floyd: The mentors are our Big Buddies. They come in.

Jones: There are no adults that you can rely on?

Floyd: We have a foster grandparent program.

Jones: Oh, you do?

Floyd: Yes.

Jones: Talk about that.

Floyd: It is some senior citizens that come in, and they just assist the staff members. They're usually matched with one child, but they see all of them. We like to have one that they pay special attention to that needs, you know, some help. But they come in and volunteer just about every day.

Jones: It's probably good for both of them.

Floyd: Oh, yeah, it gets them out of the house. And they get to hang out with kids all day. So they have fun. They have smiles on their face the entire time.

Jones: How about animals, dogs?

Floyd: We have had the Humane Society come in and come kind of teach dog safety, how to approach a dog and stuff like that. But we don't have a mascot or anything, which we probably should. So I'll have to bring that up.

Jones: Call Rich Harrison and see what can be worked out.

Floyd: I'll try something.

Jones: Yeah, that's great.

Floyd: That'd be good.

Jones: It's just I think most kids love dogs. And dogs really, kind of, can do wonders. Aside from, in the teenage groups you mentioned they don't really need Big Buddies or want them.

Floyd: They're not really keen on it.

Jones: I imagine that those who've come through the program from the time they're five, six years old, probably know what the deal is. So they're a little better behaved. But do you have some that--what am I trying to say? What I'm thinking about is this. Do you know Elizabeth Myers, Principal of, okay, Rachel Freeman School, which has had a lot of tremendous problems. But she has seen many ways to try to turn it around. A lot of the students in that school, which is well known, have come from families that are practically non-existent. There's drugs at home, et cetera. They find the kids are just craving for attention, craving for knowledge, et cetera. I guess, what I'm trying to ask you, you paint such a wonderful picture of the Boys and Girls Club. And I can't see that it's anything but. But do you have kids there that come from places where they may need a little extra understanding or teaching? I mean, if they're in abusive situations, God knows there's clubs all over town, or groups all over town, for abused children that drugs or whatever. How do you deal with this if you have them?

Floyd: There's none that I'm aware of. I'm sure--

Jones: Well, you're lucky.

Floyd: I'm sure that there are stories that I have not heard, however. But if it's something that's--and I'm sure there's dads in jail and that kind of thing that we know of. But there's no, kind of--you know, and we can just spot them out. If they need that extra guidance, then, our staff members will give them, you know, a little extra attention. We try and figure out what's going on. But we have a program called Triple Play and Smart Moves, which is similar to D.A.R.E., I guess you would say. Which is, you know, our drug and alcohol prevention. So we want every kid to go through that and most of them do.

Jones: Well, that's a plus.

Floyd: Oh, yeah. So we try--

Jones: Triple Play and what?

Floyd: Triple Play and Smart Moves.

Jones: Smart Moves, okay.

Floyd: And then, we have a lot of programs. Street Smarts is our gang prevention program. So we want to make kids aware of these things so that they're not sucked into it, I guess, you could say.

Jones: Sure. And if you find something that's gone a little bit haywire, how do you handle it? Or you haven't had a chance to do that.

Floyd: I haven't, no.

Jones: Well, you're fortunate.

Floyd: I haven't had a chance to have to deal with that.

Jones: Let's hope you don't.

Floyd: I'm telling you, we have the best kids in Wilmington. We do.

Jones: You know, you're a great candidate and an advertisement for this group. One other thing, in the beginning, and you brought this up, Colonel Taylor did insist that all of these boys at that time attend church service. And he was very, very involved, and several other people along with him. And we do have photographs of this in the building of the Castle, et cetera. Is there anything like that, any religion training, or the opportunity for kids?

Floyd: It is more of an opt-in thing, rather than an opt-out thing.

Jones: Like, an opt-in-out?

Floyd: It's not required for everyone, because we believe everybody has their own religious beliefs and they should, you know, worship however they want to. But we do have a Bible Club if they want to join that. But it's their choice. They don't have to, you know, listen to us telling them Bible stories if they don't want to. So it's an opt-in thing for them. But there is opportunity for them to learn more about the Bible.

Jones: Okay. What do you want to see happen? What is your mission?

Floyd: I want us to just keep growing. We serve about 2,300 kids a year.

Jones: Oh, my gosh.

Floyd: And the more kids that are exposed to us, the better Southeast North Carolina will be, I believe. So just, you know, expanding our services, getting a club in Ogden, getting our own club in Pender County, just working our way out, and spreading our message.

Jones: Now, Pender County is not as, I guess, crowded. So in a site, like, up there, would you have a bus to take these kids to a particular site. That's a great opportunity up there to teach them to be out in a big field, farming or whatever, let them grow something, whatever.

Floyd: That would be great.

Jones: I know. So is this in the future? Are you still working on it?

Floyd: Oh, yeah, we--

Jones: Or is this a thought?

Floyd: Well, we have support. We just need to have monetary support, I guess you'd say. What we do in Pender County is the parents are loving it. And we just need to get our own freestanding building, so that we can serve more youth up there. So hopefully, in the future, it'll be something that we can do . We're working on it.

Jones: You mentioned Mr. Taylor coming, is this Mr. Taylor, III? Must be.

Floyd: (Inaudible).

Jones: Or fourth, too.

Floyd: There is a fourth.

Jones: I know . . .

Floyd: He's on our board.

Floyd: He is. And his wife, Amy, of course, she was the recent past President of the domestic violence shelter and services. So they're very oriented this way.

Floyd: Yep, very involved in the community. Great, great family.

Jones: And there are several other families who are the same way. Okay. Is there anything else we need to know? Aside from the same sources, the older sources that are contributed on an annual basis, and you have generated with a silent auction type thing, is there anything else that the club does to fund raise?

Floyd: We have a--

Jones: Because I am sure maintaining these buildings and buses and paying salaries is expensive.

Floyd: It's very expensive. We have a golf tournament every year that we do. And that's our biggest fund raiser of the year. So that is every October we have one of those. In April, we had a bocce ball tournament.

Jones: That one, I've never heard of.

Floyd: That is, we have a group called The Core, which is our club of rising professionals. It's 20-somethings and 30-somethings that just want to help and give back. So we have The Core. That's their fundraiser for the year.

Jones: Which is, the golf tournament?

Floyd: The bocce ball tournament.

Jones: The bocce ball.

Floyd: And just we have a--you were mentioning the kids at the breakfast table, we have that and a dinner. We do have special events throughout the year to help us out. We have an annual campaign, which is, they will donate a portion of their paycheck to the club.

Jones: So is it part of, like, a united fund?

Floyd: Part of a general fund.

Jones: A general fund, okay.

Floyd: And I give on my paycheck. I mean, we want every staff member to give back on their paycheck. And the board members take it to their businesses, so they can just take it out of their check and donate it right back to the club.

Jones: I can only assume that many of the older families here in town do that. Because there were so many of them associated with the nucleus of this whole thing.

Floyd: Yes.

Jones: Definitely. Well, you're fortunate in that way. Dana, is there anything else we need to know? Anything you'd like to--this is people who don't know about this program, in 2009, with Wilmington growing like crazy. Well, they can look back and say, "Well, this is what was going on then."

Floyd: The kids that we serve, we want to keep them in our club, and we want to bring new children in to expose them to what a great facility we have, what great programs we have. Just get our name out there. Some people might know who we are, but they don't know what we do. We're that safe place to give kids the opportunity to expand themselves and to be what they want to be.

Jones: Yeah. And I did ask you about success stories that come back, and they talk to the kids, too.

Floyd: Yeah, well, some of them are staff members, so they know that they were there as a kid.

Jones: Well, I'm thinking of people who may have gone through that program, or established in business here or elsewhere, and who may not be a part of the staff, but who've been willing to share their stories.

Floyd: We're working on it. We're trying to get that database going, so we know who our success stories really are.

Jones: Well, when you do, I hope it makes the paper, or what's left of it, maybe, online.

Floyd: All right. Thanks.

Jones: I thank you for coming.

Floyd: You're welcome. Thank you for inviting me.

Jones: I should've asked you, is there anything you can think of?

Edwards: I had a couple of questions.

Jones: Please do.

Edwards: Let me jump in here, now that we're near the end.

Jones: Yeah.

Floyd: Okay.

Edwards: Summer activities. What type of summer activities do you engage the kids in that sign up for that over the summer, 400-dollar or 200-dollar program?

Floyd: This summer we have theme weeks. The marketing campaign for Boys and Girls Club of America is Be Great. So every week, it's going to be--when we have a volunteer week, it's going to be, Be Helpful. We have an animal week that's going to be, Be Wild. And we're going to go to the zoo. It's whatever's themed around that week. We're going to the airport. We have different weeks set out that we themed. During the mornings, we, kind of, rotate the kids around the different areas. They go to art. They'll go to music. They'll go in the gym. They'll go outside. And then, they'll eat. And then, after that we do our field trips and special programs. We do remedial math and reading classes, as well, during the summer to keep them . . .

Jones: That sounds great.

Edwards: That's excellent.

Floyd: Keep them, like, you know, in the school zone, I guess you could say.

Jones: Right.

Edwards: Do you work with any of the public libraries, as far as, having librarians come in?

Floyd: We have a Read to Me program. I keep mentioning all these programs, I keep forgetting about some of them, you know. But Harry Tutmyer [ph?] at downtown--

Jones: Oh, he's great.

Floyd: He sends us books. And then, we get volunteers to come in and read to the kids once a week. So we do have that. I mean, do you want to? You can come-- you can read to the kids.

Edwards: Oh, not this year. Maybe next year.

Floyd: Okay.

Edwards: I'm trying to finish my graduate school thing. So once I'm done with that maybe.

Jones: I think that's great what she's trying to do. She's trying to do too much. She's a grandma. She works her butt off up here. Excuse me. Well, that's today's language. Okay. Anyway. And that was Debbie Edwards I said that about. Well, that sounds terrific. I do feel that perhaps you do go, kind of, you're not one of the top ones that's heard of. And there are others. And perhaps, because you've got such a successful group of kids and instructors and so forth, there are not problems that surface. And I think it's terrific. I really do. And I think it's marvelous, someone--and you're young, and you want to do this and make it your life's work.

Floyd: Oh, yeah. But I'd never, ever, ever would imagined working with kids. Never. I was the youngest one, you know what I mean? People are the ones that are taking care of me. So now, I'm taking care of kids. It's just very fulfilling. The best part about my job is not even on the job. It's when I go to Wal-Mart or I go out to eat, and these kids come up and say, "Ms. Dana, Ms. Dana, hey." And I'm just, like, "Hey, guys, how are you?" So it just warms your heart, you know?

Jones: That's wonderful. Well, I thank you for coming, Dana.

Floyd: You're welcome. Thank you for having me.

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