Chamber will provide ‘Welcome Bags’ for teachers

That time of year has arrived: Children will be heading back to school, and Wicomico County will become home to many new teachers.

Relocating to a new area can be a daunting experience. Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to make the new teachers feel welcome by providing more than 170 “Welcome Bags” to the new public and private school teachers in Wicomico County. 

“The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and our very generous members welcome and support all new teachers to Wicomico County,” Bill Chambers, SACC President and CEO.

“The New Teacher Welcome Bag program is a small token of the business community’s appreciation for these ladies and gentlemen as they prepare to educate our young citizens. We wish to extend a special thanks to the team at Pohanka Automotive Group of Salisbury. Their ongoing sponsorship helps continue this yearly tradition,” said Chambers.

The Chamber is encouraging local businesses and nonprofits to donate useful items to these teachers for the upcoming school year. It is a great advertising opportunity for businesses and a way to say “thank you” to the teachers.

“Many of these teachers are new to the area, and this will be one of the first contacts that they will have with our business community,” Chambers said.

“We feel it is important to make them feel welcome as well as educate them on our area businesses and our community. This is also a fantastic opportunity to promote your business,” he said.

Details about donating

The products, coupons, or promotional items should be delivered to the Chamber by Monday, Aug. 12. We will need a minimum of 170 pieces to fill each bag and ask that you donate physical items, rather than flyers.

A Welcome Bag Stuffing Event will be held at the Chamber on Tuesday, Aug. 13, and the bags will be delivered to the teachers at the Wicomico County Public Schools New Teacher Breakfast on Aug. 22.

If your business would like to donate items for the Welcome Bags, please contact Vita Bragdon at 410-749-0144 or

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