Teachers in this rural suburb of Phoenix are getting a special treat today (Aug. 4) from a restaurant that promises to bring each teacher a free smoothie as they prepare to welcome nearly 7,000 district students to Meet the Teacher night.
Smoothie Run Internet Café, owned and operated by Laveen resident Marcus Moody, is delivering treats and coupons to teachers this afternoon starting at 3 p.m. to hundreds of teachers at the Laveen Elementary School District’s eight schools, as well as three charter schools in the community.
“Education is the cornerstone to our children’s futures,” says Moody, a married father of six. “My brother is a school superintendent in California. Our family has always emphasized the importance of education, and that starts right here with our local teachers.”
Smoothie Run is a strong supporter of the Laveen community, sponsoring Live Pure Kids, a youth group at Laveen Elementary School that focuses on healthy living; Riders Ranch, a Laveen-based life skills riding program for challenged youth; as well as local youth sports. Moody, a Laveen resident, says he is committed to making his community better and stronger by giving back to support teachers and youth.
His company also was the host on Sunday, July 31, for the 2nd Annual Laveen Backpack Drive and Family Fun Day. About 15 local businesses collected backpacks and donated items to the event, providing about 35 backpacks for needy children in the Laveen area.
“That’s what it’s important, making it better wherever you are,” he said.
He opened Smoothie Run Internet café, which serves smoothies, pitas, salads and a variety of desserts, in December 2015 to offer a healthier restaurant choice in Laveen. Meet the Teacher Night takes place from 5-7 p.m. at the eight elementary schools in the Laveen district, including Paseo Pointe, the community’s newest school that features a Spanish immersion program.
ABOUT SMOOTHIE RUN INTERNET CAFÉ
Smoothie Run Internet Café, 6115 S. 51st Ave., in Laveen is a family-owned and operated restaurant serving pitas, salads, smoothies and desserts. The café features free computers and WiFi for guests, a toys and coloring for young guest, and many local residents meet there for business and networking. Smoothie Run serves a healthy menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Visit www.smoothierun.com for more information.