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Duffy: DeKalb Chamber ready for fall kickoff

For some of us, summer can’t get here fast enough and it’s not long enough. For others, it’s too hot and they can’t wait until the fall.

Regardless of your preference, another summer is now wrapping up and the school year is about to begin. For the students, moving on to the next grade is exciting and a little scary at the same time. Whether they are graduating at the end of the coming year or have already moved into a new challenge, it’s still a time to prepare for the year ahead.

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce knows that there is not just anxiety for the students starting in a new grade, a new school, or even a new city, but also for the new teachers. For the fifth straight year, we have reached out to welcome the new teachers, staff and administrators and DeKalb School District 428 to the area. As we welcome these new additions, we want to reach out to show them what a great community they are about to join.

The DeKalb Chamber will be hosting our annual New Teachers Welcome Event on Aug. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the DeKalb High School cafeteria. The event will serve a variety of purposes, including introducing the new teachers to the community, presenting them with a welcome bag from local businesses and organizations, and raising funds for scholarships for local students attending local colleges or trade schools.

This event has been a great community event and we’ve only been able to do it with the help of our three presenting sponsors – KishHealth System, NB&T and Hy-Vee.

There are many great reasons to host this event.

First, it allows are teachers to meet our community members and feel welcomed to the district and the community.

Second, we allow the community members to meet those people who will be working to make our area better through their roles within the school district.

Third, we’re able to provide scholarships to local students who are attending local institutions to continue their education. The circle of the community supporting the students and those dollars cycling back to the community through the tuition they pay to institutions of higher education via scholarships is a great way for us to support local.

As the students return to NIU later this month, we’ll also be providing welcome bags to them and their family members to help them become better acquainted with the community and make them feel welcome, too.

It’s an exciting time in DeKalb, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to this great community.

To find out more about joining us for the New Teachers Welcome Event or any other events, be sure to visit or give us a call at 815-756-6306.

• Matt Duffy is executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

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