Date: July 16, 2020 Contact: Karen Kim Director of Marketing & Communications Office: (972) 335-9522 | Cell: (972) 900-9651 firstname.lastname@example.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Frisco Chamber of Commerce New Teacher Welcome Goes Virtual and Involves Community The Frisco Chamber of Commerce will welcome almost 500 new Frisco Independent School District teachers and staff at the New Teacher Welcome on Thursday, July 30, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. The New Teacher Welcome, presented by CoServ, is traditionally held at a large venue or one of Frisco’s high schools. This year’s event will be live-streamed to the new educators at their individual campuses. In past years, the teachers were able to visit booths set up by local businesses. With the live-stream event and vendor booths not possible this year, the Frisco Chamber sought new ways to allow the business community to remain involved by providing sponsorship opportunities, which include swag bag donations. The teachers also have a chance to win door prizes donated by local businesses. The program on event day, which will be live-streamed from Preston Trail Community Church, will include speakers Tony Felker, President/CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Mike Waldrip, Superintendent, Frisco ISD; Whitney Gohlke, CoServ; and the City of Frisco’s Mayor, Jeff Cheney. Terri West, Frisco ISD and Sunitha Cheruvu, Frisco Education Foundation President will be distributing grants to teachers. “This event is always a huge success and continues to be one of our most anticipated events of the year. Our business community understands the value of Frisco ISD and also the important role that the teachers and staff play in developing a future-ready workforce,” said Felker. “Frisco is known for its quality education system and educators today have new challenges to face and obstacles to overcome, which makes this year’s theme ‘Teachers are our Superheroes’ more appropriate than ever.” “This past year has seen a lot of changes and we know that the entire community wants to play a role in welcoming our new teachers. To involve the residents and parents, the Frisco Chamber is accepting gift cards (of any value) to be dropped into the swag bags that the teachers will receive on the day of the event,” said Shelby Fawver, Events Manager at the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. “We are excited that we have found a way for the community to be involved too. Everyone will also be able to view the live-stream this year, which is usually not open to the public.” Gift cards should be dropped off at the Frisco Chamber of Commerce no later than Friday, July 24, 2020. The New Teacher Welcome is made possible by sponsors from the business community. In addition to the Presenting Sponsor, CoServ, sponsors include Visionary Sponsor, RBFCU, and Innovator Sponsor, Baylor Scott & White – Centennial. Best All-Around Sponsors include ASANA DISTRIBUTION LLC, Credit Union of Texas, Dallas Stars, Elevated Roofing LLC, Global Dream Vacations, Pain Management of North Dallas, Preston Trail Community Church, Sprint, and United Educators Association. Most Likely to Succeed Sponsors include GLP Financial Group, InTouch Credit Union Frisco, and Primrose School of Frisco at Independence. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
***About the Frisco Chamber of Commerce The Frisco Chamber of Commerce, a 4-Star Accredited Chamber of Commerce, is the “Voice of Business” and that consists of approximately 1,300 member businesses who provide goods and services to the growing, bustling economy in Frisco and the surrounding area. The mission of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce is to protect and promote commerce, through advocacy, resources, and connections. For more information, visit www.friscochamber.com.