South Tampa Chamber Welcomes More Than 100 New Teachers
at 11th Annual Breakfast
TAMPA, FL - The South Tampa Chamber of Commerce welcomed 130 new Area 1 teachers, and their principals, at their 11th Annual New Teacher’s Breakfast on August 5, 2016. The event was presented by Florida Hospital Centra Care. The teachers were greeted by Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman, Area 1 Superintendent Lisa Yost, School Board Member Sally Harris and Tampa City Councilmen Harry Cohen and Guido Maniscalco. The key note speaker was Superintendent Jeff Eakins.
Each teacher was presented with a gift bag filled with school supplies donated by chamber members. The school principals were also given gift bags from Hyde Park Village and centerpieces made from school supplies from the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network. The Tampa Bay Rays donated 100 back packs which will be filled with supplies from the chamber and given to South Tampa students later this month.
The event is hosted each year by the chamber’s Education Committee which acts as a liaison between the business community and local schools. In addition to the annual breakfast, the committee provides volunteers for the Great American Teach-In and has a scholarship program for graduating seniors from Plant and Robinson High Schools.
Chamber President Kelly Flannery, a Hillsborough County Public School graduate, said, “This is one of our favorite events to host each year. Our members are so generous to not only sponsor the breakfast for the teachers, but to provide them with gift bags full of needed supplies to use in their classrooms. This event is important because we want our teachers to know they are not only welcome in our community, but very much appreciated. They are on the front line shaping our future leaders.”
About the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce: Established in 1926, the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce is an association of more 600 businesses, organizations and individuals. The chamber has strived to make the South Tampa community a better place in which to live, work, and play. Its active membership consists of local businesses, professionals, non-profits and government representatives who enjoy social activities and community involvement. In 2014 the South Tampa Chamber was voted the #1 Favorite Chamber by the readers of the Tampa Bay Business Journal. www.SouthTampaChamber.org