MARICOPA — Maricopa Unified School District board members along with Orcutt | Winslow and Chasse Building Team handed out pies to district employees for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Orcutt | Winslow and Chasse Building Team sponsored the event and donated around 900 large pumpkin pies purchased from Costco.

This is MUSD's second year doing the pie pickup with the same sponsors.

It was a "huge hit" with the employees. On Monday, the pickup lasted from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

All employees had to do was drive up in their vehicles and show their employee ID to receive a free pie.

"The holidays are upon us and we are just wanting to spread a little cheer and extend our thanks for everything our employees do," said Mishell Terry, MUSD social media and communications coordinator. "They give their all throughout the year and we just want to make certain that they know we appreciate that." 

MUSD board members and event sponsors made it their mission when handing out the pies to let the employees know how much they're appreciated.

Any pies left were to be donated to Maricopa Food Pantry for community members.

MUSD Superintendent Tracey Lopeman was thankful the district could give this "token of appreciation with their gratitude and good wishes for a really nice holiday."

"Our teachers are really burning the candle at both ends to meet the needs of our students and this is one small way we can acknowledge the work that they're doing," Lopeman said.

She was also grateful for the "extreme generosity" of the sponsors, which are building the district's new high school. 

"We're blessed and lucky to be part of such a great organization and have partners that recognize the importance of our staff," Lopeman said. 


Kimlye Stager covers Maricopa and the surrounding area for PinalCentral, including city, education, business, crime and more. She can be reached at

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Handing out free pies that were donated by somebody else is the literal least the MUSD board could do for school teachers and staff. It truly is a mere "token of appreciation".

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