Volunteers from Dominoes and H-E-B assisted chamber staff in filling 230 goodie bags for Harker Heights High School classroom teachers.

Bob Massey | Herald

Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce members and staff gathered Wednesday afternoon at the chamber office for a project that was meant to help teachers at Harker Heights High School have an upbeat outlook on the first day of school Monday.

The group stuffed bags for the 230 classroom teachers who participated in weeklong training to prepare for the new school year.

A variety of items filled the bags from notebooks, crayons, coupons, pencils, mints, candy, discount cards and hand sanitizer to promotional fliers and offers for services of various types.

The bags, filled with more than 35 items, were delivered to the school Wednesday afternoon.

“We want our educators to feel the support of the community and encourage them because it’s difficult to be a teacher,” said Gina Pence, chamber president and CEO.

Chamber staff assisting in the project were Eric Kilter, office manager, Elizabeth Turner, business development, Teri Stermer, business development.

Chamber volunteers joining them were, Ingrid Kiefer, public relations and Fort Hood liaison from Dominoes Pizza, and Elizabeth Henning, customer service specialist for H-E-B in Harker Heights.

Kiefer said service projects like this remind her of when she was a Girl Scout.

“When I go out and help people it makes me feel good,” Henning said. “This is an awesome opportunity and a great thing to do for teachers.”

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