Florence Shapiro to headline New Teachers Luncheon

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July 22, 2013
Your help is needed to welcome new teachers to RISD

Quality education benefits local businesses by attracting more residents to the city. This is your chance to give back. The Richardson Chamber will be hosting the 55th annual New Teachers Luncheon for RISD education Wednesday, Aug. 14 and needs your help to make this event successful. Thanks to Cisco for being the doctoral sponsor of the event.

Visit the event webpage for more information.
How you can help:

  • Purchase a ticket to attend the luncheon
  • Host a teacher
  • Be an event sponsor
  • Donate a door prize – our goal is for each teacher to leave with a gift. About 200 door prizes valued at $25 each are needed. Gift cards to local eateries and retailers are welcome. The deadline for donating door prizes is Aug. 9.
The New Teacher Luncheon is an annual event that welcomes educators to the community who are new to the Richardson Independent School District. Quality education is only possible with quality teachers, and we want them to know how much the business community supports their efforts. The event will be held at the Renaissance Hotel Dallas-Richardson with check-in beginning at 11 a.m. The program will begin at 11:30 a.m.
The keynote speaker will be former Texas Senator Florence Shapiro, a reputable advocate for public education in Texas. Shapiro was raised in Dallas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. She is a former public school teacher and is recognized as an education reformer whose chief concern is that all students in the state of Texas deserve a great education. Shapiro spent the last nine years as chair of the Senate Education Committee during a distinguished 19-year career as a Republican leader in the Texas State Senate. Prior to the Texas Senate, Shapiro spent six terms on the Plano City Council, served as the mayor of Plano, and served as president of the Texas Municipal League.
As a state senator, she is best known for her work in regional mobility, setting accountability standards for public education, and for protecting children from sexual predators. Many of the Texas laws Shapiro authored have been duplicated in other state legislatures and in Congress. Shapiro has been a teacher, a small business owner, a volunteer, a board chairman, and president and founder of such groups as the Collin County Junior League and the Information & Referral Center of Collin County receiving more than 250 awards for her public service. Today, Shapiro is a public policy consultant and serves as president of Texans for Education Reform, a public education advocacy group.
Register online for the New Teachers Luncheon.
To sponsor this event or for more information about how you can help, contact Sara: sara@richardsonchamber.com or 972-792-2820 or Pam at pam@richardsonchamber.com or 972-792-2809.