Scottsdale business brings babysitter to office to help parents dealing with teacher strike

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NEAR SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The teacher walkout had a lot of parents scrambling Thursday to find a place to take their kids. But at least one Valley business made things easy for them.

The social media company, Digital Air Strike, hired a babysitter for their employees to watch their kids.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Arizona schools in crisis]

The children got to hang out in a conference room and play games, while mom or dad went about their day.

Dave Venneri is Chief Revenue Officer for Digital Air Strike.

[SLIDESHOW: Tens of thousands of teachers march for pay raise]

He said they wanted to make things as easy for their employees as possible.

"It is a win-win," said Venneri. "We have a safe environment for them to come here and see family and go to lunch with mom and dad and have a good time with other kids."

[RELATED: 50,000 AZ teachers & supporters march, rally in historic strike]

The company plans to keep inviting kids to work until the Arizona teacher strike comes to an end.

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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