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Evangel alumna honored for her passion for community service

May 30, 2012 | Ian Richardson

Kim Harris, Evangel University alumna, has achieved a prestigious milestone. She has been chosen as one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honorees.

She could bask in the moment, but Harris’ first thought is how to use it to help others.

“This honor makes me want to be even more involved with my community,” Harris says. “I grew up here, my kids are growing up here. This is absolutely the best community to raise a family. I want to make sure it continues to improve every day.”

It is this line of thinking that brought her to this place in life.

Harris is not only an accomplished professional, but she also serves in the community as president of the North Springfield Betterment Association.

She feels her most notable accomplishment is the creation of the mascot for NSBA: “Nate – the kid who is at school every day and is never late.”

“Nate encourages children to be in school and on time every day,” Harris says.

Kim Harris created Nate for a class project at Evangel University

Kim Harris (center) created the NSBA mascot for a class project at Evangel University. “Nate — the kid who is at school every day and is never late!” and principal James Grandon meet with students at Boyd Elementary.

She had the idea for Nate while in advertising class at Evangel in 2007 and developed the character as a project for the class.

“As Nate’s character has developed, attendance percentages have continued to grow, with a record number of students being rewarded at the end of the 2012 school year,” Harris says.

“Nate’s success motivates me because it means he has motivated the children of north Springfield,” Harris says. “Today’s elementary students are tomorrow’s employees, employers and community leaders who will shape our future.”

Harris is an account executive with Midwest Family Broadcast Group, a marketing group that owns four radio stations. Even in her career, she seems to find ways to help others.

“I have been selected to be a mentor and educator for new hires. I share my client’s marketing success stories to encourage and motivate new industry professionals,” Harris says.

As opportunities to help others continue to present themselves, Harris plans to show up.

And just like Nate, she will not be late.

CAPTION: Kim Harris (right) created the NSBA mascot for a class project at Evangel University. “Nate — the kid who is at school every day and is never late!” joins the two other red heads in her life, husband, Randy Brooks, and their son, Gunner.

— Valorie Coleman, Assistant Public Relations Director at Evangel University


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