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Prescott Chamber of Commerce offers support to teachers at opening pep rally

Prescott Chamber of Commerce members greet returning teachers during the Prescott Unified School District's convocation/pep rally at Prescott High School Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Photo by Les Stukenberg.

Prescott Chamber of Commerce members greet returning teachers during the Prescott Unified School District's convocation/pep rally at Prescott High School Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

In a sign of solidarity with the Prescott Unified School District on Tuesday morning, some 40 Prescott Chamber of Commerce business and nonprofit agencies set up booths all around the Prescott High gymnasium before the faculty and staff welcome back pep rally.

“You are going to touch somebody’s life this year,” declared Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Sheri Heiney to the 500-plus crowd.

Some 40 Chamber businesses and nonprofit agencies set up booths around the gym Tuesday morning, offering faculty and staff tokens of appreciation and commitments to assist them with their professional and personal business needs – be it home security, retirement planning or volunteer opportunities – throughout the coming year. Heiney said the Chamber intends to be a strong PUSD partner this year.

On Monday, Sept. 24, the Chamber will host its 41st Salute to Educators from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Friendly Pines Camp.

District Superintendent Joe Howard heralded the support, noting that the Chamber’s presence “wrapped around us this morning was symbolic to us.”

Guther Financial investment advisor Greg Sheehan said his company participated because they appreciate the community and want to be a support and resource. He, too, thought the rally was a good time.

“You can learn a lot, too, and that’s always fun,” Sheehan said of these events.

Chamber member Neil Wesson, the business development officer for OneAZ Credit Union, said his company has built a strong relationship with the Prescott Unified Education Foundation and wants to continue to give back to the teachers of this community.

“We have a strong presence in the Prescott market and this is a great way to give back,” Wesson said.

After the rally, Heiney said the Chamber wants to support the schools and serve as a resource for every district employee. She said the Chamber is now at work building up its scholarship fund.

“This is just a great way to celebrate our community,” Heiney said.