The North Augusta Chamber of Commerce treated Area 2 teachers Thursday with food, goodies and school supplies at their annual Educator Appreciation Expo.

As teachers walked into the expo, they were greeted with a swag bag and 26 vendors giving away school supplies and advertising resources. There was also a catered buffet and door prizes.

“Teachers have a hard job and they spend a lot of time with our children during the school day, and a lot of times they don’t receive the recognition or appreciation that sometimes they deserve, and I think sometimes they may not feel very appreciated,” said Terra Carroll, president and CEO of the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce.

“We just want to let them know we appreciate everything they do for our students in Area 2 schools, and basically say thank you, and hopefully get (their school years started) on a high, help them make it through the school year, and have the vendors and resources here for them so they know there’s help out there if they need it,” Carroll said.

Sarah Maney, teacher at Mossy Creek Elementary School, said the resources at the expo are amazing, both for the teachers and the students.

“We put so much of our own money into our own classrooms. This brings (resources) into one place for us, lets us know we are appreciated,” Maney said.

Mossy Creek teacher Susan Fender said it’s her first time at the expo and mentioned that the teachers get to connect with the community, mentioning a field trip she signed up for at the event.

“It’s amazing,” she said, “We reach out to the community and the community reaches out to us, and that’s real big.”

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.