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The Richardson Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual New Teachers Luncheon Aug. 12 at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel.

More than 500 new RISD teachers were welcomed by Kay Waggoner, RISD superintendent, and RISD Board President Kim Caston while David Shard, dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development (SMU), served as the luncheon’s keynote speaker.

Emceeing the event was Chamber Chairman of the Board Charlie Chen of DFW Technology. Martin Malloy, vice chairman of the community division from Halff Associates, recognized Cisco Systems, doctorate degree sponsor, for their continued support. Masters degree sponsors included the City of Richardson, Methodist Richardson and DFW Technology.


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There are several ways you can support next year's 58th Annual New Teachers Luncheon:

Become a sponsor

Establish a reputation as a business that supports education in the community. New Teachers Luncheon sponsors make it possible for the Chamber to host the 400+ new teachers expected this year.

Master Degree - $2,500, Includes 6 luncheon reservations

Bachelors Degree - $1,000, Includes 4 luncheon reservations

Associate Degree - $500, Includes 2 luncheon reservations

Diploma Sponsor - $250, Includes 1 luncheon reservation

Donate a door prize

Annually, Chamber members donate door prizes for the new teachers. This year, we hope to collect 200 door prizes valued at least $25. Prizes can be anything a teacher might enjoy, including gift cards. All donations are appreciated. Please make donated gifts appropriate for both male and female teachers. Please include a business card from the donated business or individual.