The Irving business community and its leaders are partnering with the Irving Independent School District for the 59th consecutive year to host and welcome nearly 600 new teachers and administrators to the district.

The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce will host the 2014 Back to School Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 15 at Nimitz High School, 100 W. Oakdale Rd. in Irving.

“The annual Back to School Luncheon is one of our many programs at the Chamber that bridges the gap between our schools and the Irving business community,” said Shawn Callaway, Interim President and CEO for the Irving Chamber. “It is imperative that the Chamber and Irving ISD continue working together to improve Irving’s workforce. This is a critical component that our business community is adamant about growing and improving.”

The event will provide free, sponsored lunches by Jason’s Deli to all of the district’s new teachers and administrators. There will be drawings for door prizes provided by the Irving business community, such as gas cards from ExxonMobil, as well as goody bags, which include teacher-friendly giveaways from Irving companies.

Irving-based Michael’s, North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts, will serve as the luncheon’s presenting sponsor. Michael’s will provide teacher-friendly gift bags with complementary products to all of the district’s new employees.

Chamber Chairman-Elect Gary Huddleston of Kroger will moderate the event and Irving ISD Superintendent Jose Parra will speak to his district’s new talent at the event.

“The Irving ISD is greatly appreciative of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce’s sponsorship of our Back to School Luncheon. This event is a prime example of what makes the Irving community such a fantastic place: an engaged, involved and supportive community that is committed to the district,” said Irving ISD Superintendent Jose L. Parra, Ed.D. “We thank the Chamber not only for its support of the Back to School Luncheon, but for its many efforts on behalf of Irving ISD.”

For more information on sponsorships for the 2014 Back to School Luncheon, visit or contact Joy Goodrum, Director of Education and Workforce Development, at or 214-217-8484.

MEDIA NOTE: Media interested in interviews or covering the event should email Gloria Hernandez, Director of Marketing and Communications, at

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About The Irving Independent School District

Irving ISD serves approximately 36,000 students across 36 campuses. The district has received a number of academic accolades including being one of only 14 districts in Texas named to the AP® District Honor Roll and one of only 23 districts selected for the High Performance Schools Consortium. Three high schools – MacArthur, Nimitz and Singley Academy – received the Silver Badge Award from U.S. News & World Report in 2013, ranking them among the top 10 percent of high schools nationwide. Irving ISD is also home to the largest net-zero middle school in the country and the only one in Texas. In addition, the district is well known for its fiscal excellence and strong financial ratings.


About the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber is recipient of the inaugural Texas Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award and is the first 5-Star Accredited Chamber in Texas. The Irving Chamber exists to CREATE economic activity for Irving, ADVANCE more than 1,817 business investors who represent more than 150,000 employees and PROMOTE all of our members, including five Fortune 500 Global headquarters and 19 U.S. Small Business of the Year Award Winners. For more information, visit

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