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Fairbanks Chamber to Host Annual Positive Picketing Event to Welcome Back Teachers

FAIRBANKS, AK – On Friday, August 16 from 7am – 8am, members of the Fairbanks Chamber’s education committee are planning to “positive picket” returning teachers during the scheduled Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) in-service day.  

The sight of people picketing typically signifies a protest in opposition of a business or service, though, that won’t be the case Friday, August 16, when the Chamber’s Education Committee pickets in support of teachers. As teachers enter the Hering Auditorium for a district-wide in-service, they’ll be greeted with cheers of support and signs welcoming them back to another year.

“Teachers are responsible for building dynamic learning environments to prepare students for the future,” said Lisa Herbert, executive director for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. “Workforce development is critical to the success of the business community in the Interior and across the state. Our annual positive picketing event provides us the opportunity to say “thank you” to the teachers work hard in developing a talented and competitive workforce.” 

“Positive Picketing” to welcome district teachers back to school was started in the early ‘90s to make them feel welcome, thank them for their contributions, and let them know how much they are appreciated for the excellent job they do in educating our children. 

“The district is fortunate to have such incredible support from the business community – year after year the Chamber of Commerce Education committee welcomes teachers with words of encouragement and messages of support,” said Superintendent Pete Lewis. “We appreciate the role our Chamber players in public education.”

The education committee leads this annual event because a quality education system is vitally important to the business community and good teachers are the key to ensuring that quality. The mission of the education committee is to advise the Chamber’s Board of Directors and membership on matters of education that relate to the business community and promote a quality educational system.  

Community members are welcome to “positive picket” alongside the education committee and should contact Jonni Roos, Fairbanks Chamber committee coordinator, at 452-1105 for additional information.

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