The 2017 Sam's Furniture Teacher Appreciation Day is Thursday, August 10 at Springdale High School. The Springdale Chamber created the event 51 years ago to acknowledge and thank the city's educators for their work and contribution to our community. The event is the largest of its kind in the nation with almost 2,000 teachers honored and more than $100,000 in member-donated gifts given away.
Major sponsors join with exhibitor vendors to provide a meal and thousands of dollars in door prize giveaways to the educators during the annual event. Combined with a complimentary meal by McDonald's and Hiland Dairy, the event is a high-energy, fun kickoff to the new school year.
First-year teachers are recognized and 25-year teachers are also honored during the event.
In 2016, Joe Donaldson of event-sponsor Sam's Furniture awarded two $10,000 home furniture giveaways to deserving teachers. Julie Hererra of Shaw Elementary and Kyla Gillespie (shown at left) of George Junior High were the lucky recipients. Susie Everett drew the name of Sonora Elementary School kindergarten teacher Christy King for the free use of a car for a year. King chose a black Jeep Wrangler.
Seventy Springdale Chamber members host vendor booths during the Vendor Fair and an additional 120 volunteers are expected to participate during the event.
For more information on how your company can sponsor, be a vendor, or provide door prizes for the 2017 Teacher Appreciation Event, contact a member of the Chamber's events staff.
2017 Naming Sponsor
2017 Platinum Sponsors
2017 Gold Sponsors
2017 Silver Sponsors
Black Hills Energy
FPEC Corporation of Arkansas
Innovative Business Furniture
J.V. Manufacturing, Inc.
Mercy Northwest Arkansas
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Northwest Arkansas Naturals