GMS teachers’ projects awarded $500 MAC grants from McDonald’s

Friday, December 14, 2018
Greencastle McDonald’s owner/operator Paul Jedele (at right of check) presents a $1,000 check to Greencastle Middle School teachers Amy Robinson (center) and Amy Weliever during a recent MAC Grant ceremony at the restaurant. Also on hand for the check presentation are (from left) GMS students Addison Fowler, Jaydin Voege and Carter Pelfrey, Tim Jedele (back) of McDonald’s, GMS students Hunter Miller and Isaac Hertenstein and McDonald’s Manager Barbara Figg.
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Local McDonald’s Owner/Operator Paul Jedele awarded MAC Grants to two Greencastle Middle School teachers during a recent check presentation at the McDonald’s restaurant at 940 Indianapolis St. in Greencastle.

The GMS recipients are Amy Weliever, who received $500 for the Robotics Club program, and Amy Robinson, who was awarded $500 for the GMS “STEM to STEAM” Soft Sculptures With Circuits project.

Several GMS students were also on hand at the restaurant for the awards ceremony, including Isaac Hertenstein, Carter Pelfrey, Jaydin Voege, Addison Fowler and Hunter Miller.

For the 19th consecutive year, Central Indiana McDonald’s Owner/Operators are awarding up to $20,000 in grants to dozens of local teachers. The MAC Grants program is open to all Central Indiana K-8 teachers and is funded by local McDonald’s owner/operators who want to help make class time count.

“Awarding MAC Grants to deserving teachers in our community is something I look forward to every year,” Paul Jedele, local McDonald’s owner/operator, said. “I love seeing these creative classroom projects which demonstrate to the community the excellence that takes place in our schools every day.”

MAC Grants help area middle school teachers Make Activities Count for their students as McDonald’s recognizes that lessons often become more meaningful when demonstrated with hands-on experiences.

The MAC Grants program provides financial support, so teachers can supplement regular classroom curriculums with activities that the school’s budget may not allow. Since the program’s inception, McDonald’s restaurants have awarded nearly a half million dollars to local teachers to support hands-on learning activities in their classrooms.

Teachers in grades 5-8 were able to apply for grants of up to $500 for interesting and educational projects. The application process started earlier this fall and the winners were selected last month.

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