Former Gov. Scott Matheson will address Davis County teachers Monday as they begin the new school year at the Teacher's Institute and Appreciation Fair at Layton High School.

The annual opening event will be a combination of instruction and fun as teachers celebrate the theme, "Backing the Future," according to planning committee officials."It's an opportunity to show appreciation to our 2,200 educators who, through their efforts, contribute so much to their communities," said committee chairman Dr. Nancy Fleming. "We also appreciate the many donations and exhibits from Utah firms."

Matheson is expected to speak about the economic climate and the importance of education during a 9 a.m. session. Superintendent Richard E. Kendell will also address the gathering and "The Professors," a group of secondary school band and orchestra teachers, will perform. Those seated on the front row of the auditorium will be rewarded with a dollar bill.

Teachers will return to work at their respective schools Aug. 23-26 before students arrive on Aug.29.

Teachers are invited to attend a complimentary continental breakfast Monday supplied by Smith's Management Corp. and Western Dairymen Cooperative from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. In addition, each teacher will receive a T-shirt donated by Unisys Corp. with the theme imprinted on it. Teachers can also visit educational and health-oriented booths including a free cholesterol screening.

The event is cosponsored by the Davis School District Foundation, a non-profit organization enabling gifts and donations to be accepted for specific schools, programs or enrichment projects that cannot be funded through available school budgets.

An initial foundation contributor, Regan Outdoor Advertising, is donating billboards to publicize the institute theme.