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Updated Nov 28, 2012 - 10:55 am

Phoenix school hoping gift cards bring in funds

PHOENIX -- For those planning to give gift cards this holiday season, there's a way to help a Phoenix school at the same time.

The Parent-Teacher Organization at Phoenix Lookout Mountain Elementary School is hoping its gift cards will help stuff lots of stockings.

PTO president Sue Diaz said the school wants to sell about $2,000 worth of cards being offered for use at local businesses.

"One would be Moon Valley Grill," said Diaz. "Others would be for Foot Locker, CVS and a restaurant called Scramble."

The list includes Walmart, Sears, Radio Shack, Buca Di Beppo, Albertsons, Papa John's, Ross, TGI Friday's and Chevron, among others.

Diaz said they're available in a variety of amounts.

"Some we have for $10, such as BathWorks," she said. "There are usually $10, $25, and $50 cards that we have for sale."

Diaz said proceeds from the sales will go to "enhancing the educational experience for Lookout Mountain students."

For more information email the PTO at

Many schools sell gift cards as a fundraising tool. Check with the school's PTO.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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