McDONALD'S awards grant to local teacher

McDonald's owner/operator Ross Stoltz awarded local teacher, Gail Koch of Barnesville Middle School, with a $500 Make Activities Count (MAC) Grant check. In addition, Stoltz provided Koch with a framed certificate along with a gift certificate to McDonalds.

McDonald's ongoing MAC Grants program awards funds to local teachers to help them Make Activities Count in their classrooms because McDonald's recognizes that children benefit from hands-on learning experiences.

Gail Koch will use the grant money to purchase quantities of the books "The Jacket" by M. Henderson and "Rules" by Cynthia Lord. Koch selected these two books for use of 5-8th grade students to read about tolerance and acceptance of diversity. Koch believes the messages in both books will positively affect student behavior toward those what are different from them in behavior and appearance.

"The MAC Grants program demonstrates McDonald's commitment to excellence in education and active support in the community," explained Stoltz. "MAC Grants allow teachers to revitalize their classes with fresh and innovative teaching methods."

This year, local McDonald's restaurants have awarded more than $25,000 to area teachers wishing to provide meaningful activities for their students through the MAC Grants program.

McDonald's is the world's leading foodservice retailer with more than 30,000 restaurants serving 45 million customers each day in 121 countries. More than 85 percent of McDonald's restaurant businesses are owned and operated by independent entrepreneurs who live in the communities where they do business.