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Bean named club's top employee
by Steve Beavers
Jul 27, 2013 | 208 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Helping kids is something Allen Bean does well.

So well, it made an impression on his fellow summer employees at the Boys & Girls Club.

Bean's co-workers elected him the Summer Employee of the Year in only his first year at the club.

"He is dedicated to the kids," said fellow summer employee Chris Kelley. "Allen went above and beyond what he was asked to do during the summer."

Whatever job he faced, Bean went at it with a smile on his face, according to unit director Christy Grice.

"He is a joy to have around here," said Grice. "Every day he came in with a good attitude and always had something to engage the kids."

"Allen allowed himself to be a kid again," added Kelley.

Last week, Bean led his purple and gold team to victory in the club's first "Indy 500 Family Fun Day" where five squads completed in go-kart racing.

"I like all the hands-on activities," said the 20-year-old Bean before he and the driver of his Los Angeles Lakers' entry, Jaylen Douyoun, had their pictured made with the trophy. "Not all of the kids are the same. You have to learn what they like and teach them in those areas."

Bean, a chemistry major at Middle Tennessee State University, heads back to Murfreesboro on Aug. 26.

"It will be tough to detach from the kids, but I am hoping to get a job at the club in Murfreesboro," he said.

As a 16-year-old, Bean started helping at Project Attention. Shirley Rolland, director of the Johns Street agency, suggested he seek a job at the Boys Club last year.

"We all have a good time around year," Bean said. "Everyone helps out and I couldn't have been the employee of the summer without the other employees … they helped mold me my first year."

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