With the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, after more than a year of virtual learning, many teachers and students will be looking forward to a full year back to in-person learning. Soon, children will be heading back to school, and Wicomico County will become home to many new teachers.
Relocating to a new area can be a daunting experience. Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to make the new teachers feel welcome by providing almost 200 "Welcome Bags" to the new public and private school teachers in Wicomico County.
"The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and our very generous members welcome and support all new teachers to Wicomico County,” said Bill Chambers, SACC President/CEO. “The New Teacher Welcome Bag program is a small token of the business community's appreciation for these ladies and gentlemen as they prepare to educate our young citizens.
“We wish to extend a special thanks to the team at Pohanka Automotive Group of Salisbury. Their ongoing sponsorship helps continue this yearly tradition," Chambers said.
The Chamber is encouraging local businesses and nonprofits to donate useful items to these teachers for the upcoming school year. It is a great advertising opportunity for businesses and a way to say “thank you” to the teachers.
"Many of these teachers are new to the area, and this will be one of the first contacts that they will have with our business community,” Chambers said.
“We feel it is important to make them feel welcome as well as educate them on our area businesses and our community. This is also a fantastic opportunity to promote your business.
"We would love to provide even more goodies and community business ‘swag’ such as advertising pieces, coupons, promotional products, goods with your company logo than ever before," said Chambers.
In lieu of supplying promotional items, businesses may make a monetary donation -- $100 to $150 would be ideal. The Chamber will use your donation to purchase additional useful items to include in the bag.
The bags will have a note with the list of sponsors, so even those who donate cash will have their company recognized.
The products, coupons, or promotional items should be delivered to the Chamber by Friday, July 23. A minimum of 200 pieces is needed to fill each bag. It is asked that companies donate physical items, rather than flyers.
A Welcome Bag stuffing event will be held at the Chamber on Tuesday, Aug. 3, and the bags will be delivered to the teachers at a welcome reception to be held at Wicomico Middle School on Tuesday, Aug. 10.
If your business would like to donate an item, or if you have any questions, please contact Sigrid Velez-Nelson via email email@example.com, TEXT 410-901-7721, or call the Chamber at 410-749-0144.