“Witnessing the efforts of the faculty and being able to recognize and support what they do is extremely rewarding,” he said. “Being an elected official puts me in a position to see others who do amazingly unselfish acts every day to improve our quality of life and make this a better community. I think part of my role as a leader is to support and encourage others who are making a positive difference in the community.”
Keith encourages staff to raise money for the project with a popular activity being money contributed to dressing casually at work, Brill said. “Employees also devote their free time to shopping for and wrapping presents for the kids. Every December, members of Karl’s staff dress up as Santa and his elves to hand out presents to every student at Rosa Parks. For some, this may be the only present they receive during the holiday,” he said.