LIMA — Local McDonald’s Restaurant owner Jerry Lewis presented more than $9,700 to 29 local teachers from 19 different school districts effecting more than 1,300 area students in just one school year.
Jen Vastano left and Jerry Lewis right award 29 local teachers with $9,747 in MAC Grants. Each of the 29 teachers will receive a portion (up to $400) of the McDonald’s MAC Grant. Among the 19 schools receiving grants are Elida, Jefferson and St. John’s schools.
Since the MAC Grant program began in 2004, Jerry Lewis’ McDonald’s Restaurants have given more than $134,000 to more than 360 local teachers: “With many educators in my family, I understand that there are a lot of things that teachers want to do for their students. The MAC Grant Program allows teachers to put on activities and purchase items that might not otherwise be possible.”
The funding for the MAC Grant program comes directly from food sales at the restaurants. Lewis offers this exciting educational initiative to assist area kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers with their important job of educating young students. Recognizing that lessons often become more meaningful when demonstrated with hands-on experiences. This supplements regular classroom curriculum by supporting activities that the school’s budget may not allow.
The MAC (Make Activities Count) grants of up to $400 can be used for a wide variety of programs; and since the ideas are being solicited from the teachers, the project ideas are limitless.
This year’s grants include learning about motion, how to run a business, making electrical circuits, observing and caring for animals and habitats, wind energy, making history come to life through reenactment and hands-on activities and physical fitness equipment.
School districts receiving a 2012 MAC Grant include: Allen East, Arlington, Bath, Carey, Continental, Delphos City, Delphos St. John’s, Elida, Leipsic, Lima City, Lincolnview, Miller City-New Cleveland, Mohawk, Ottawa-Glandorf, Perry, Shawnee, Upper Sandusky Exempted Village, Van Wert City and Waynesfield-Goshen.
McDonald’s franchisee, Jerry Lewis, started in the McDonald’s business as a Manager Trainee in Zanesville more than 30 years ago. Today he owns and operates 17 McDonald’s Restaurants employing more than 900 individuals in Lima, Delphos, Van Wert, Beaverdam, Bluffton, Ada, Ottawa, Hicksville Carey and Upper Sandusky. Jerry Lewis believes in giving back to the communities in which he does business and supporting a variety of worthy causes.