CASA GRANDE — Several volunteers with Arizona Public Service Co. pitched in on a project aimed at beautifying the campus of Ironwood Elementary School.

“Recently, Mr. Daniel Froetscher, former APS president, retired from the company after 40 years of service. To honor Mr. Froetscher’s legacy of service to APS and to our communities, APS volunteers gathered at Ironwood Elementary School, where Mr. Froetscher’s daughter is a teacher, for a special volunteer project,” an email from the Casa Grande Elementary School District public information officer said.

Over fall break, the crew of APS volunteers worked to paint a hallway mural, update the teachers’ conference room and set up benches and planters.

Ironwood Elementary School Principal Robin Rosales was the coordinator for the event.

Froetscher’s daughter, Brittany Pruett, is a kindergarten teacher at the school. Froetscher earlier was an APS division manager based in Casa Grande before his promotion to higher management.

Volunteers who helped create a mural in the school hallway were Suzanne Trevino, Jeff Guldner, Ann Becker, Tony Tewelis, Justin Joiner, Mike McLaughlin and Maria Lacal.

Working on the teachers’ conference room mural were Mallory Lebovitz, Stacy Derstine, Paul Mountain, Barbara Lockwood, Andrew Cooper and Monica Whiting.

Volunteers who helped with the benches and planting project were Kayla Wolfe, Jacob Tetlow, Ted Geisler, David Hansen, Bob Smith, Donna Easterly and Todd Horton.


Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at

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