More than 1,000 teachers and support staff from the Conway area were invited to the sixth annual Teacher Breakfast and Education Fair at Ruth Doyle Intermediate School on Friday. Between 500-600 responded to the invitation for a complimentary breakfast and the opportunity to visit with other members of the expanding community of Conway’s educators.

Also present were 75 area businesses, offering perks to educators, tools for classrooms and free give-aways.

"This is the business’ opportunity and the Chamber’s to welcome teachers to the schools, and to tell them that they are appreciated for what they do," said Mary Margaret Satterfield, director of events for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, the group hosting the fair. "Conway is an educational community, and we want to reinforce that and let teachers know they are important to us."

Teachers and school staff members from the Conway School District, St. Joseph Schools and Conway Christian School were represented at the fair.

"Today, the community is expressing their appreciation to our staff members," said Conway Schools superintendent Greg Murry. "This is a wonderful event to get us started in the right direction." 

For the business vendor, the morning’s event was an opportunity to connect with one of its largest audiences, educators and staff from 19 individual schools within Conway.

"I’m letting teachers know about our new bakery, Pattie Cakes, is coming to town. I’m giving away cheese dip coupons and an opportunity to win catering for 25," Tim Ester, general manager of Stoby’s Restaurant, said. "We get a lot of teachers in and we cater with a lot of schools in the area. We catered to 75 (at Ruth Doyle) yesterday. We’re here trying to patronize Stoby’s. We’re centrally located between area schools and we work with them often."

The sixth annual Teacher Breakfast and Education Fair was presented by Conway Corporation.

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