Denton ISD and the Denton Chamber of Commerce welcomed the school district’s new employees at the annual New Employee Reception on Wednesday, August 13 at the Popo and Lupe Gonzalez School for Young Children. With 327 newly employed staff and faculty, the event was well-attended by DISD and sponsoring businesses alike.
“The annual New Employee Reception truly exemplifies the commitment the community has in supporting education at all levels,” said Sharon Cox, Denton ISD Director of Public Information.
New employees had the opportunity to visit with over 30 chamber businesses—at their representative booths—who sponsored this event (sponsorship levels ranging from $50 to $500 contributions). Some sponsors had also previously contributed to gift bags by providing coupons, free items, and samples that were given to each new Denton ISD employee upon hiring. Chamber member restaurants also provided over 300 gift cards that were entered into random drawings held at the reception.
Lunch was provided by local Denton-area restaurants and underwritten by Balfour Beatty and VLK Architects.
Jacqueline Jackson, Executive Director of the Denton Public School Foundation stated, “[The] event was a great success – and the Denton Chamber of Commerce and the Adopt-A-School: Partners in Education program pledged to give half of the money raised from vendor sponsorships to go toward teacher grants for first year DISD teachers. This amounts to 9 or 10 new $500 grants for this year!” The money was presented at the end of the reception for a total of $4600.
“Every new employee, […] who attended this great event, left feeling like what they would be doing in Denton ISD was extremely valued,” said Sharon Cox.
The Denton Chamber of Commerce welcomes all the new employees to the school district and would also like to thank all of the participating businesses for their contributions to this event.
Children’s Advocacy Center Denton County
DATCU Credit Union
Denton Allergy and Dermatology Specialists
GEICO Local Office- Denton
Modern Woodmen of America
Ashford Family Medicine
Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge Mazda
Denton Regional Medical Center
Koons Fuller, P.C.
Smile Workshop Dentistry & Orthodontics
TimberLinks at Denton
Turtle Creek Financial Group
Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites
Brain-Body Connection Chiropractic LLC
Davanti Salon and Spa
Family Allergy & Asthma CARE
First Baptist Church of Denton
Health Services of North Texas
Minor & Jester, P.C.
The Mendoza Agency-Nationwide Insurance
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Woman’s University
Achievers Gymnastics Center
Beth Marie’s Old Fashion Ice Cream & Soda Fountain – Denton Square
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cartwright’s Ranch House
Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA)
Gold Mine BBQ, LLC
Hanna’s “Off the Square”
ReadyRosie – Pascal Learning, Inc.
Tejas Storytelling Association
by: Travis Veselka