Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee honors new teachers

Published 12:04 am Saturday, August 13, 2022

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LAPLACE — The River Region Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Development Committee provided “stuffed bags” for more than 200 new teachers in St. James, St. John and St. Charles parishes. The bags include an assortment of specialty items and gifts that are donated each year by chamber members and area businesses to support the academic endeavors of local school systems. This year, the bags were filled with lunch travel containers, pins, highlighters, hand sanitizers, tons of pencils, notepads, coasters, scissors, keychains, rulers, pens, koozies and small snacks. More than 20 area businesses donated items to support this effort. The committee presented the bags at each of the three parishes’ new teacher orientations during the month of July.

“Our teachers are such an invaluable asset to our region and deserve to be recognized for their hard work and efforts to educate the future workforce of the River Region. This is one of the ways that the River Region Chamber of Commerce can celebrate these new teachers who join the school systems in   St. Charles, St. John and St. James parishes,” said Chassity McComack, executive director of the River Region Chamber of Commerce.

Thanks to Advanced Marketing & Promotions and Monster Ink for donating the awesome bags. Extra thanks to the following for providing the goodies that stuffed the bags: Bayer, CASA, Civil Construction Contractors, LLC, Denka, Express Employment Professionals, First National Bank USA, Harris Legal Support Services, IMTT, J’s Jazzy Juice, Kacen’s Kare, LA River Parishes, Louisiana Federal Credit Union, Ochsner Medical Center, PJ’s Coffee-LaPlace, Pontchartrain Conservancy, River Parishes Community College, Shell, St. Charles Parish Hospital, St. James Parish Hospital, St. John Parish Government, St. John Parish Library, St. John Sheriff’s Office,

Teche Action Clinic, Valero and Zapp’s.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 985-359-9777 or email

The mission of the River Region Chamber of Commerce is to grow, strengthen and unify businesses in the River Region. Since 2004, the Chamber has helped build relationships that impact and improve the quality of life through strong leadership that advocates a pro-business environment in St. Charles, St. James and St. John the Baptist Parishes. It focuses on serving as the voice of River Region businesses, providing business support and value to members and building coalitions. Visit the Chamber online at