News 12 at 6 o'clock, July 7, 2010
WAYNESBORO, Ga.---Our Time To Care winners for July make it their business to make a difference in the lives of young men. One is a school counselor and the other is a reverend. Together they make sure young men in Burke County have father figures in their lives.
It's picture day for the Super Crew at Blakeney Elementary School in Waynesboro. The 5th graders will be heading to middle school in a few weeks. Principal Renee Sasser knows them all by name.
"They're a group of boys, (age) 8 to 11, from various backgrounds, and they need some mentoring and positive role models in their lives," Sasser explained.
That's where Robert Floyd and Reverend Robert Walden come in. They spend their free time mentoring these young men.
"It's been an honor to help out with the community in Waynesboro," Floyd said, "and more importantly just to know that there's a purpose for us to be here."
Reverend Walden says it's like gardening: "These are kids that really put forth an effort to do better and it just takes some time. We just plant the seeds and it'll grow up after awhile."
Some of the seeds are growing right before their eyes. Five years ago, Tyler May and Brandell Little were in the Super Crew too. Now they're volunteers.
"I know that if I had to call them tonight at 1 o'clock in the morning, they would come if I needed them to," May said.
Little agrees with his friend. "Yeah, they're great guys. They take you on field trips and teach us things and stuff like if you don't have a father they do the kinds of things a father would do."
So never underestimate the power of a quick hug on the basketball court, or the power of a positive word. Rev. Walden reminds the kids that they're all like family.
The rules here are simple: Education is the key to success. Treat others the way you want to be treated and don't forget to give back. And there's one more.
"Listen, learn and do what you're told," the students chanted together.
"And it goes not only for school, it works at home, out in the workplace," Rev. Walden said. "In the mall. Wherever they go, they can remember those three rules, they know they can make it."
These are lessons that will carry these students a long way in the game of life. We don't usually recognize two winners in a month. But we don't usually find men like these making such a big difference in so many lives.
And of course, we want to thank our Time To Care partners who make this award possible: Subway, Troy University and Ashley Furniture.
If you want to nominate someone for our Time To Care Award, click here.