Santa gives out presents at Rosa Parks
Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith’s Office purchased presents for 450 Rosa Parks Early Learning Center children
Auditor Keith at Rosa Parks with Santa and some of the school’s children
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: December 22, 2016
Contact: Mike Brill
Santa visited Rosa Parks Early Learning on December 16th to deliver a Christmas gift to each of the more than 450 children at the school. Santa was grateful for Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith’s office, which raised more than $7400 to purchase the gifts.
Santa and Keith were joined by Dayton City Commissioner Jeffrey Mims. The group visited every class in session that day and gave each child their gift individually. The Auditor’s Office shopped for each present, purchasing toys that were on the children’s Christmas lists, so every child received a toy they asked for.
Keith’s office was supported by generous contributions from State Representative Fred Strahorn (D-Dayton), Tyler Technologies Inc. and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. The Auditor’s Office has bought presents for the children at Rosa Parks every year for the past three years and for the now-closed Gorman Elementary School the 10 years prior.
“We raise money all year to make sure each child gets a present. For some of the children, this may be the only present they receive this year,” said Keith. “I am so grateful for my staff, whose generosity made this special day happen.”
Santa was delighted to come to Dayton early to make this special delivery and assured the children that their good behavior was the reason for his visit.
“Ho! Ho! Ho! The children at Rosa Parks were especially good this year!” said Santa. “Thanks to Auditor Keith for helping me get presents for all these deserving girls and boys. I wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all children!”
In addition to Santa’s presents, Shoes 4 the Shoeless gave each child at the school a new pair of gym shoes.
Rosa Parks Early Learning Center is part of the Dayton Public Schools. The schools offers five full-day and five half-day preschool classes, serving more than 450 children. The center supports kindergarten readiness through these classes and design their curricula to meet the academic and social needs of its students.