Conway educators walked from booth to booth Tuesday gathering free items, signing up for prizes and more during the 14th annual Teacher Breakfast and Education Fair Tuesday in the Conway High School cafeteria.
The event is sponsored by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce each year.
“The fair is an opportunity for local businesses to welcome Conway’s educators back to school and to offer educators tools for their classrooms while showcasing their products and services,” the chamber’s website states. “The fair also serves as a time for teachers and staff to visit with their peers and to create a stronger bond throughout Conway's education community.”
The expo is open to all teachers from Conway Public Schools, Conway Christian and St. Joseph Catholic School.
More than 100 vendors were set up dishing out items to guests, including Smoothie King owner Lisa Scroggins who said the event went well.
“I always love to see all the teachers,” she said.
This is Scroggins’s 14th year to do the event; this year, like several before, they handed out smoothie samples and coupons.
“I love to attend because the teachers are so sweet and they love coupons,” she said.
Scroggins said she spent most of the time talking with participants, so much so, that her voice started going out.
One of those participants was the new principal at Carolyn Lewis Elementary, Stacy DeFoor, who walked the room with his wife, Stephanie, an instructional facilitator at Marguerite Vann Elementary.
This was Stacy’s seventh year to attend the annual fair.
“It’s a great event because it networks our faculty and staff with businesses and services that are offered within the community,” he said. “Our support to the community is just as important as their support for our school district.”
Stacy said it’s a pleasure to see the whole district family gathered in one place and to be able to great and visit with them to “wish them a fantastic school year.”
The district has previously expressed thanks to the community for what it does for the city’s educators.
“The chamber is so wonderful to do this every year for our teachers,” Conway Public Schools Communication Specialist Heather Kendrick told the LCD after the event last year.
She said the day gives teachers a chance to start the new school year in a fun way, gathering together and seeing teacher friends they haven’t seen all summer, get new items for their classrooms and receive a free breakfast.
After making their rounds, Conway employees go to the CHS auditorium for the Back to School assembly.
“It starts the year off with the right tone — one of excitement and focus,” Kendrick previously told the LCD. “Reminding everyone that we are a team with common goals – stronger teachers.”
The LCD reached out to the district for comment this year, but a response was not received by press time Tuesday.