May 28, 2019 – Phoenix, Arizona – Joseph Schaefer, a 10 year veteran music teacher from Canyon Breeze Elementary in the Pendergast District was beyond thrilled to be the recipient of a new Ford Focus car at the Perfect Attendance Celebration on May 24th. Joe inherited his car from his godfather who passed away last year. It was transportation but because of the condition, Joe had to jump start it to get to and from work each day. When his name was called, he was shocked. “I have never won anything in my life. I work for the best school and district in the state with the very best superintendent, Dr. Lily DeBlieux. She believes in us and gives us the support we need to be successful.” The car was donated by the Pendergast Foundation with funds collected during various fundraising events throughout the year, including Jeans Day in the district where employees have the opportunity to support the foundation and in return get to wear jeans on Friday.
Additionally, employees Pam Gosnell from Desert Horizon School and Charniclyn Silfavan from Copper King School won Rocky Point, Mexico vacations and $1,000 in cash to spend. Charniclyn shares, “I'm so blessed to win this trip. For me, I do believe that if you can see it in your mind, you can hold it in your hands. I am so grateful for this opportunity.”
Dr. DeBlieux commented, “I couldn’t be prouder of the 54 employees who achieved perfect attendance this year. These employees are dedicated to their students, their schools and district and we are happy to invest in them. Thanks to the Pendergast Foundation for all they do throughout the year to support our students, staff, families, and the communities we serve. They are an amazing group of individuals who volunteer countless hours of their time. Our attendance has improved significantly with this program and our staff is excited to come to work each day to inspire our students.”
Pendergast District is hiring for the 2019-20 school year. Visit the website at http://www.pesd92.org/employment.html for further information or to apply and join the Pendergast family of educators and educational support personnel!