McDonald’s fundraiser for schools set for Thursday night

Teachers, staff members and parents from King Kaumuali’i Elementary School and Waimea High School have signed up for the second annual “McTeacher’s Night” this Thursday evening, Oct. 17.

In the program local teachers will work at neighborhood McDonald’s restaurants as part of the chain’s largest annual single-night fundraiser.

McTeachers from Waimea High School will work at the Ele’ele Shopping Center restaurant from 5-8 p.m. Those from King Kaumuali’i will be at Lihu’e McDonald’s on Kuhio Highway from 4-7 p.m.

Each school will receive 20 percent of all sales from the restaurants and $100 from the corporate office, according to Communications Pacific, McDonald’s’ public relations firm. McDonald’s encourages families of students and school supporters to visit the participating restaurants that evening.

McJobs will have teachers and school staffers greeting customers, working the registers and even assisting with food preparation to help raise money for their schools.

The year 2001 marked the first McTeacher’s Night, with more than $1 million raised for schools in 16 western states and about $11,000 for 20 Hawai’i schools.

“On an individual basis, our 78 franchised and company-owned restaurants have been extremely supportive of schools, and this is one way to demonstrate this on an even grander scale,” said Melanie Okazaki, marketing manager of McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawai’i.

McDonald’s also sponsors educational programs such as the McDonald’s Education Achievement Award for teachers and UPromise, a college savings plan.

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