On Wednesday, August 4th, the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) rallied the community together to present the annual Teaching to Excellence celebration breakfast at The Regent in Riverview. The purpose of this event is to welcome teachers from Riverview's public and charter schools that are new to the community. GRCC investors were encouraged to sponsor and staff Teacher Supply Stops where teachers stocked up on school supplies for the upcoming schoolyear. Also, each Riverview school’s Teacher of the Year was recognized for their hard work and dedication. Local teachers, principals, and esteemed guests were given a warm, lively reception at the door by the Shark Cheerleaders of Riverview High School.
As teachers entered the beautiful ballroom, their first stop was the GRCC table where they received a bright red reusable tote bag. Bag in hand, they then made their way through over 30 Teacher Supply Stops, all sponsored and staffed by GRCC investors. At these stops, the teachers were personally thanked for their work in our schools and provided countless school supplies, coupons, and tools to help make their jobs easier. By the time they reached the end of the Supply Stops, their bags were overflowing, and their smiles were wide.
As the program began, Event Chair Nikki Foster, The Mosaic Company, welcomed the crowd of over 300 teachers, principals, and community business leaders to the event. She invited Master Sergeant Clifton, Retired US Marine and Naval Science Instructor for Riverview High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, to lead the Presentation of Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance.
GRCC Past Chair of the Board Mike Jones, Florida DOE Vocational Rehabilitation, then took the stage to thank everyone who served on the planning team, volunteered, donated, or sponsored this celebration. The event was made possible by the generous support of many, including the Valedictorian sponsors: The Mosaic Company, Suncoast Credit Union, The Bridges Retirement Community, and South State Bank. He then detailed how the Chamber’s vision is to drive economic development and community involvement, creating a vibrant and prosperous future.
Jones also notified those in attendance about the triumphant return of the annual Trick or Treat Street event which takes place on October 23 at Riverview High School. The purpose of this special annual event is to create a safe place for children of all ages to have fun and share in the tradition of trick or treating while meeting local businesses, churches, and other organizations. Children will have the opportunity to collect candy, play games, enjoy bounce houses, eat food, and win prizes.
Following Jones’ message, the main program’s emcee, Ernest Hooper from United Way Suncoast, introduced each Riverview area school’s 2021 Teacher of the Year. Similar to the introductions given in professional sports arenas, accompanied with dramatic music selected by I.D Visual Effects and Sound, Hooper invited each Teacher of the Year along with their school’s principal to the stage to accept a plaque of appreciation. Professional photographs of the awards were taken by Gerardo Luna Photography. As the awards ceremony concluded, Hooper surprised the crowd with two prize packs containing dinner and concert tickets to two lucky teachers. On behalf of the community, event Co-Chair Kristi McCart, McCart & Tesmer P.A., closed out the event by thanking the teachers and school administrators in attendance for their passion, dedication, and hard work.
This highly anticipated event was also made possible by generous sponsorships from St. Joseph’s Hospital – South, Tampa Electric Co., An ABC Event, Inc., Culver's of Riverview - Boyette Road, Herzing University, Hillsborough Community College - The Regent, Isaak Law PLLC, Owen & Dunivan, PLLC, and Robert Bauman, Circuit Court Judge.
For more information about this event, contact the GRCC office at (813) 234-5944 or visit RiverviewChamber.com.