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Clarion Area Teacher Receives McDonald’s MAC Grant

Friday, January 11, 2019 @ 12:01 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

McDonalds-grantCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Clarion Area teacher Dana MacBeth was presented with a McDonald’s MAC Grant on Thursday.

(Pictured, left to right: Doug Painter, Dana MacBeth, and Breanna Richards)

General Manager Doug Painter and Assistant Manager Breanna Richards presented the $350 grant to MacBeth, a fifth grade teacher at Clarion Area Elementary School, during a Thursday afternoon ceremony at the McDonald’s along Perkins Road in Monroe Township, Clarion County.

MAC Grants are awarded to help outstanding middle school teachers “Make Activities Count” for their students by providing financial support to allow teachers to supplement regular classroom curriculums with activities that the school’s budget may not cover. The program’s goal is to allow teachers to revitalize their classes with “fresh and innovative” teaching methods.

According to Painter, the applications go to a panel of judges through the McDonald’s Corporation.

“They choose people who get the most involvement out of the kids,” Painter said.

For the past 24 years, McDonald’s has awarded MAC Grants to teachers who apply with worthy projects. Sixty grants have been awarded this year across the tri-state area.

Painter said two other MAC Grants were awarded in our region last week to teachers in St. Marys.

The grant program awards up to $500 to supplement classroom lesson plans with activities their school budgets may not permit.

MacBeth says she plans to use the grant money to bring a traveling live birds of prey program from Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center to her classroom.

“We used to go to McKeever [Environmental Learning Center], but McKeever has recently shut down due to funding issues,” MacBeth noted.

She went on to say that she plans to have the students work on a bird unit, particularly birds of prey and owls, and conduct a study of owl pellets. The program from Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center would be the students’ final activity.

“I would love to thank McDonald’s for making this happen. I appreciate it. With our budgets lately, it’s great to have a little bit extra,” MacBeth said.

McDonald’s restaurants have awarded more than $2.75 million to support hands-on learning since 1994.

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