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Chamber to host teacher’s breakfast

By David Hotle | Aug 09, 2017

For new teachers to the Washington School District as well as veteran teachers just coming off summer break, the Washington Chamber of Commerce will host its annual teacher appreciation breakfast in the Washington High School commons beginning at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 16.

Chamber director Michelle Redlinger said this is the 16th year the chamber provided the honorary meal to help start the school year off right. School in the Washington district begins Wednesday, Aug. 23. Redlinger said the traditional event for teachers to come back after summer is for the chamber and the school district — as well as St. James, Kirkwood, and home school — to have the breakfast. She said the schools make up one of the largest employers in the community.

“We work with them to recognize the efforts they put out all year long,” Redlinger said.

She said many businesses contribute to the breakfast through sponsorship which helps pay for the breakfast. This year there are 36 area sponsors of the event.

Another thing returning this year is the manufacture of special T-shirts for the teachers. Redlinger said this is the third year T-shirts are given to teachers with a special insignia.

“It unifies all of the school district no matter where you are attending,” Redlinger said. “The educators wear it on their pride days or other days they are able to wear T-shirts. It is a neat project and it is nice to see all the school districts come together, celebrate and kick off the school year.”

Redlinger said the event is only open to area educators and school staff. In addition to teachers, she said other members of the school district, including office staff, bus drivers and custodians are welcome to attend. She said there will be a buffet-style breakfast, followed by an introduction of the new teachers and staff by the building principals.

Another returning event this year is the annual teacher skit. Redlinger said there is a group of creative teachers who put together a skit every year to entertain their peers. She said the skits never fail to get participants laughing.

“I think a lot of chambers do this for certain industries just to help coordinate a way to say thank you,” Redlinger said. “Even if you are not employed in the school system, I think a lot of us who have families and children attending school are touched by their work. It is a big part of why people choose to live in Washington — schools and the education system and what we have to offer make an important part of that decision. They are valuable to the community and we want to let them know they are.”

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