BURGETTSTOWN - Sharon Baillie, a Burgettstown Junior/Senior High School teacher, received a check for $500 through the 2012 McDonald's Make Activities Count Grant Awards Monday at McDonald's of Burgettstown located at 1412 Main St.
Baillie's friends, family and other colleagues from the school were invited for the check presentation ceremony. The school band was scheduled to send some musicians to add to the celebration.
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. 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.
Baillie plans to use her grant money to purchase a variety of baking supplies for her sixth grade foods class, where they will learn to bake breakfast foods and the importance of eating a healthy breakfast to start the day.
"We are honored to award area teachers like Sharon Baillie with grants for their creativity with unique classroom projects," said Ron Galiano, local McDonald's owner-operator. "McDonald's MAC Grants allow teachers to create more innovative lessons to make learning a more meaningful experience for their students."
McDonald's is the world's leading food service 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.