More than 30 businesses attended Chapin High School’s first Lunch and Learn event on March 2 to discuss ways they can partner with the school.

Organizers say the event was created as a partnership with the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce as a way of highlighting the Lexington-Richland School District Five school and the ways it is preparing students for college and the workforce after graduation.

“We wanted businesses to know that our students will be the workforce of tomorrow, in some cases the workforce of today, and encourage them to be a partner in preparing students,” said Michele Major, Chapin High School Career Specialist. “We talked to them about internships and a whole host of things that businesses can do to give our students opportunities to find out what it is they want to do after graduation. We are so grateful for all who attended and all the businesses we have supporting our schools.”

Rebecca Hines, President and CEO of the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce, said the event helped businesses learn more about the ways they can be involved in local schools.

“The event was a great way of communicating a continuing need and mutual benefits. Businesses need a strong workforce and students fill the workforce needs of our local businesses, so school-business partnerships are very important,” Hines said. “We have great schools in our area, and a business community that is always willing to help. This year’s event was just the beginning, and we think it will continue to grow for the benefit of businesses, students and our whole community.”