Name: MaryJo Thompson
Occupation: Retired police officer, Box Tops coordinator for St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School
Hometown: St. Louis
Current neighborhood: KCMO, north of the river, near Liberty
Who or what is your sidekick? My amazing husband!
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Archaeologist
What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Pizza Ranch. Love the gluten-free pizzas.
What's your favorite charity? Anyone who supports a cure for cancer.
Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Any place where I can get box tops for my purchase!
What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? The controversy over the Power & Light District
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? KC barbecue
Finish this sentence: "Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ... " It created the Sprint Center.
"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Lost the accreditation of Kansas City schools.
"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Was once a police officer in St. Louis, then KC.
What TV show do you make sure you watch? Covert Affairs
____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: High-energy workout songs
What movie do you watch at least once a year? G.I. Jane and The Thomas Crown Affair
What local tradition do you take part in every year? Helping with the food drive at church during Christmas.
Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Oded Fehr
Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Liars
What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? The Bible
Last book you read: The Panther and The Shack
Favorite day trip: Zoos (Omaha, St. Louis, Springfield, etc.)
Interesting brush with the law? I am a third-generation police officer, so I have more stories than I could share about being the "law" people had a brush with.
Describe a recent triumph: I am finishing my second year as Box Tops coordinator for St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School. The year before I took over (2010 - 11), our school made $989 from the Box Tops for Education program. In my first year as coordinator (2011 - 12), our school made $2,110.50. This year (2012 - 13), our total check from the Box Tops for Education program will be just over $3,200. I am so very proud of our Box Tops Detectives! For a school of 300 students, preschool through eighth grade, they are doing amazing!