Kyrene School District hosted its annual Parent Superintendent Council (PSC) at the district office Tuesday morning in efforts for Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) and local businesses to discuss fundraising ideas for the school year.

Superintendent Dr. David Schauer addressed PTO members, who then heard a brief presentation about opportunities to benefit the Kyrene Foundation.

Businesses from across Tempe, Ahwatukee and Chandler had booths at the council and spoke with PTO members about the possibility of teaming up for fundraising opportunities.

Steven Yost, general manager of Zoë’s Kitchen in Chandler, attended the PSC to gather information on how to get more involved with Kyrene schools.

Zoë’s Kitchen has been providing art equipment to schools in the area, Yost said. Students paint or draw with this equipment, and when they are finished with their artwork, their pieces are put on display at Zoë’s Kitchen to be sold to the general public.

“We host an art night so parents can come in and buy, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to the schools,” Yost said. “It’s something that no one else is doing right now.”

Sara Ellis, vice president of Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary School, said the PSC helped her and other PTO members stay connected with schools around Kyrene.

Ellis used the event to bounce different fundraising ideas between other PTOs around the district.

“It’s a way to learn what’s going on around the different schools, and learn what’s going on at the district,” she said.

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