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  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Volunteer for Miss Ruby's Kids mentoring program

Bio:

Native of Newton, N.C.

Pawleys Island resident since 2003

Graduate of University of North Carolina, Greensboro with BA in early childhood education, UNC, Chapel Hill with Masters in reading and language arts education

Former grade school teacher for military bases, curriculum coordinator and administrator

How did you get involved with Miss Ruby's Kids?

I started volunteering for Miss Ruby's Kids several years ago and served on the board of directors. I even served as chair for three years.

I was actually the first mentor for Miss Ruby's Kids.

We saw a need to follow children we work with as 2- to 4-year-olds.

I was one of the people instrumental in getting the program into practice.

What else do you do with Miss Ruby's Kids?

The other major thing I do with them, in addition to mentoring, is a program called Parents Care.

That is the parenting part of Miss Ruby's Kids.

It is open to all of our parents if they choose to participate.

The premise of the program is to be a healthy parent, you have to be a healthy person.

It is like when you are on an airplane and the flight attendant is going through the process of using the air mask.

They tell you to put the air mask on yourself first, then put it on your child.

This program is to help parents be confident in who they are as people because they won't be good parents if they are not feeling good about who they are.

We talk about child development and parenting techniques such as discussion versus punishment.

We have guest speakers such as child psychiatrists, pediatricians and community leaders.

Before have guest speakers come in, we give them tools for parenting, what it means to be good parent, and how important the role of parenting is.

I have also worked with Miss Ruby's Kids with marketing and fund raising events like the Garden Party, the Kitchen Tour and Dining for a Cause.

This year, I am in charge of the Kitchen Tour.

It will be held on Nov. 8 and will explore kitchens in historic homes in downtown Georgetown.

We have five homes, but we are looking for a couple more.

There will also be an upscale arts and crafts show at First Baptist Church in Georgetown.

Last year, we had over 200 guests touring kitchens.

What do you like about working with Miss Ruby's Kids?

I'm a huge supporter of eveerything Miss Ruby's Kids does.

I believe Miss Ruby's Kids' parent-child home program is where we should be putting our money in this country.

I am devoted to giving back through Miss Ruby's Kids because it is an organization that positively changes lives.

Can I ask you about your family?

My husband of 40 years, Pete, has owned a successful automotive dealership, Peterson Toyota, Scion, Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge in Lumberton, N.C. since 1981.

My older son, Will, works in the IT division of SAS (originally Statistical Analysis System). He and his wife Rachel live in Raleigh with their 20-month-old daughter, Violet.

My younger son, Drew, is a musician and a manager for Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company. He and his wife Pam live in Asheville with their 4-year-old daughter, Roxy.

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