After The Bell: Boys & Girls dancing club

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by CHRIS FLANAGAN / WFAA

wfaa.com

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 5 at 2:36 PM

DALLAS - She's a Dallas woman with a big job at a major corporation, but it's the time spent outside the office that's paying big dividends.

Nina Reinert doesn't miss a beat. Since the summer, she's been volunteering her time at the East Dallas Boys and Girls Club' teaching dance to a group of young girls. 

"I'm getting a lot out of this myself; the girls get something out of it," she said. "We get a little exercise in the process [and] that's great."

Reinert has spent a great deal of time in this gym, with her company's blessing. She works in sales for Microsoft, which has a program called the "Giving Campaign." It donates money for every hour of volunteer work performed. So far, Reinert has danced her way up to $1,500. 

"If you can just make it part of your habit to just spend an hour or two giving to your community, you're just getting so much back," she said. "It's so worth your time."

The program teaches more than just dance moves, it teaches the girls that if they fall down they can get right back up. It also helps the girls, like seventh-grader Fifi Randle, build self-esteem. 

"We're having so much fun that we always want to come back and do it again," said the 12 year old.

The more Reinert comes back, the more money she'll raise for the girls.

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