The fifth annual teacher breakfast and education fair hosted by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce was Friday at Simon Intermediate School.
Following a breakfast, teachers were invited to visit booths filling the school’s cafetorium. Many businesses throughout the community set up at the fair to provide information and giveaways to teachers as well as drawings for prizes.
Nancy Hooten, a sixth-grade math teacher at Simon Intermediate, said, "I think it’s a great way to meet the businesses in our town. It’s a great way for us to meet them and them to meet us."
Laura Traffanstedt, a fourth-grade teacher at Julia Lee Moore Elementary, said of the fair, "It’s a good time to meet everybody from the other schools. I’ve found some good resources for my teaching. Conway Corp. can talk to us about energy conservation (and) water treatment. Electricity is one of our science units for fourth grade. Anything that’s not out of a book is good."
Ivy Gunnells, technical assistant for special services for the school district, said, "I think this is one of the most motivating events to help kick off the school year. It improves morale. It’s just a positive atmosphere. It makes coming back to work more exciting."
Mike Woodrum, supervisor for the James H. Clark Auditorium, said, "This is a wonderful event for the teachers of the community. It brings them together for not only finding out what the businesses in our community have to offer, but also for a time of fellowship with teachers from other schools they might not get to see during the year."
Casie Upton, occupational therapist for the district, said she was leaving the event equipped with "an endless supply of pens and highlighters, notepads, and the hope that I’ll win something, because I signed up for all those raffles."
Staci Maull, a ninth-grade physical science teacher at Conway High School-East, said of the event, "I think it’s fun, because I get free stuff that lasts all year."
Suzanne Kunkel, art teacher at Conway High School-West, said, "I think it’s wonderful the community comes together in one place in support of education."
Chad Russell, vice president of operations for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, said, "The chamber loves doing this because education is so important to Conway and Faulkner County that it’s a privilege to be able to give back to the teachers."