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Life-saving device at Liberty, thanks to Albertsons

Trib Photo/Sue Tone<br>
Tom Chase, Albertsons’ store director, left, accepts a thank-you card from Coyote Springs Elementary students for a $1,000 grant to the school. Albertsons also gave $1,000 to Liberty Traditional School. From left are Chase; LTS Principal Michael DeRois; Mary Mallory, front end manager for Albertsons; CSES Principal Candice Blakely-Stump; and HUSD Nurse Amy Stukes.

Trib Photo/Sue Tone<br> Tom Chase, Albertsons’ store director, left, accepts a thank-you card from Coyote Springs Elementary students for a $1,000 grant to the school. Albertsons also gave $1,000 to Liberty Traditional School. From left are Chase; LTS Principal Michael DeRois; Mary Mallory, front end manager for Albertsons; CSES Principal Candice Blakely-Stump; and HUSD Nurse Amy Stukes.

School district employees, students, and visitors can rest easy while on the Liberty Traditional School campus. In case of cardiac emergency, the school now has an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), thanks to two donations from Albertsons Store in Prescott Valley.

Humboldt Unified School District governing board members heard from LTS Principal Michael DeRois and Nurse Amy Stukes on the school's decision to use a $1,000 donation from last year and another from this year to purchase the portable electronic device that diagnoses and treats cardiac arrhythmias.

With 800 students, 40 staff and volunteers, DeRois said acquiring an AED was important. Two former nurses had started the process to purchase the equipment for the school, in which at least one student with cardiac issues is enrolled.

Board member Gary Hicks related how his secretary's husband had a heart attack in the parking lot.

"Had we had one (AED), we might have saved him," Hicks said.

Albertsons gives generously to Humboldt schools, DeRois said.

"When we go out into the community to ask for donations, it's different when we go into Alberstons," he said. "The money is great, but the amount of support from all your employees is wonderful."

Coyote Springs Elementary School Principal Candice Blakely-Stump presented a thank-you card with 200 individual coyote cutouts from students thanking the store for its $1,000 donation to the school.

"The funds will be used on programs to benefit our students, such for field trips, extracurricular events, and before- and after-school programs," Blakely-Stump said.

She also thanked Dennis Dafoe and the Prescott Elks Lodge for its generous $1,144 donation to Coyote Springs that allowed 286 students to attend the Arizona Sundogs Hockey Student Game Day at Tim's Toyota Center.

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