The Chamber encourages members of the business community to visit with students in the schools which serve Irving. Programs like Business Exchange Days and the new Future Leaders of Irving program are preparing Irving’s next generation of business leaders.
As noted by Senator Florence Shapiro during Irving Day in Austin, “the Irving ISD continues to remain on the cutting edge.” From their one-to-one laptop program for high school students to mentorship initiatives, the district is leaving up to such high praise with news of a very high profile speaker coming to speak to students.
Former United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales will visit Nimitz High School on February 17. Appointed in 2007 as the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general, Gonzales served in the post for two years during George W. Bush’s presidency. He comes to Nimitz in partnership with Texas Tech University and according to Texas Tech officials, the former attorney general will talk with students about the importance of a college education.
Irving Mayor Herbert Gears also has plans to speak to students, and in particular a very special student named Misael who is a first grader at Farine Elementary. The Mayor will be offering his support for a young student who was recently injured in an auto accident and will join members of the Chamber who are working behind the scenes to help organize a fundraiser “basketball for our buddy” to help Misael pay his medical bills.
The Chamber will make a donation on Misael’s behalf, the second significant charitable donation in the last two months. In January, the Chamber helped fund a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.