Flagstaff Fourth of July Parade
I think part of what was encouraging for the kids was that they felt really special, we spent a lot of time leading up to this. We visited them while they were building the robot. We were very interested in what they were doing. We wanted to hear their stories, get some time with them. So, they were comfortable with us. They were feeling pretty good about themselves and they're feeling pretty special. And they came out and they're wearing their crazy combination of socks and T-shirts and other things that identified who they were, and they were really proud to be who they were. So, I think it was a real, a big growth experience, because they had all this attention and reinforcement and encouragement, but it does take time. It's an investment of time and genuine interest and that's what they felt. And we made it safe for them. We explained how things were going to happen, what was going to be expected of them and encouraged them all the way. That cultivating is really important when you're dealing especially with kids, but I think that's true of any volunteers. A lot of people are happy to help, they just don't know what they have to offer and they don't know where they're supposed to be and what they're expected to do. That was really important it turns out for these kids because we didn't even give a thought of that these kids may not have ever performed before or maybe they've never been in a parade before. Maybe they're really shy and they just joined this club because they thought it was cool. We don't really know what we're dealing with. So, getting to know what you have to work with and making everybody feel comfortable and having a plan and making them feel valued and respected and proud of who they are and what they've done, I can only see it when the actual parade happens. And then when these kids are glowing and these kids went all day showing demonstrations and walking and talking. And this would have been a big day for an athlete and these kids went all day and their enthusiasm stayed the whole time and their interest and their personalities and their patience with other people and other kids. They just kept going and they were amazing.