More firms are helping local teachers

Several Southern Arizona-based companies have signed on to give area teachers price breaks through an educational nonprofit's discount card effort.

Eight new businesses are now part of Tucson Values Teachers' "$10,000 for 10,000" discount card program, offering more than $10,000 in discounts to more than 10,000 K-12 district, private and charter school teachers in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties.

In addition, Tucson-area OfficeMax locations have expanded the scope of their original card discount. More than 9,000 items have a 5 to 15 percent discount, compared to the original 75 products. The company has also cut pricing for teachers on printing, binding and lamination services.

"We're impressed by the generosity of these Southern Arizona-based businesses that have joined our ongoing effort to offer deep discounts and deals for our local teachers," said Jacquelyn Jackson, executive director of TVT. "Even though this isn't an easy time to be a teacher, we are doing everything we can to showcase how much the Tucson community cares about its educators."

Teachers can visit www.tucsonvaluesteachers.org and print their discount card. By presenting it with a valid teacher ID or a recent pay stub at a participating business, teachers can receive deals on goods and services such as cars, financial services, home furnishings and spa treatments. The card was debuted on Jan. 14 and will remain effective until the end of 2010.

For a full list of participating businesses and discount details, visit www.tucsonvaluesteachers.org.

Splendido picks up awards for site plan, space

Resort-style retirement community Splendido of Oro Valley has received two Awards of Merit at the 47th annual Gold Nugget Awards.

The Pacific Coast Builders Conference-sponsored program recognizes excellence and innovation in complex design and building issues with residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Splendido was honored in the "Best Community Site Plan of 20 Acres or More" and "Best Interior Space" categories.

"When designing the Splendido community, we wanted to find a way to intelligently utilize northwest Tucson's beautiful scenery and landscape and create a space where people could happily live for many years," said Sharon Harper, president and CEO of Plaza Companies, one of Splendido's two operating partners.

"The heritage of the Southwest has been vibrantly incorporated into the spaces and furnishings of Splendido," said Mary Leary, president and CEO of Mather LifeWays, the second partner. "We made sure our efforts integrated history into the design to celebrate the beautiful location of this residence."

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