McDonald’s restaurants across Indiana and Southwest Michigan are supporting teachers by presenting a series of MAC Grants this fall. Each $500 MAC (Make Activities Count) Grant is designed to help local teachers fund new and exciting projects designed to engage their students in creative ways.

Recently, local McDonald’s Owner/Operator Tim Jedele presented a $500 check to Greencastle High School teacher Donovan Wheeler.

Wheeler will be using the $500 to revive the student-run GHS newspaper, The Inkpot. The paper faded away during the COVID-19 pandemic after almost a century of operation.

MAC Grants are designed to provide educators with the resources they need to create new and exciting learning experiences for their students. McDonald’s hopes the MAC Grant will allow for some unique projects and/or enhanced classroom experiences for students.

McDonald’s owner/operators in Indiana and Southwest Michigan will provide approximately 50 individual teachers with MAC Grants with the goal of helping build important personal career or business skills for students.

For decades, working at McDonald’s has offered restaurant employees the chance to learn transferable skills on the job such as teamwork, customer service, accountability and communication in a collaborative environment with the schedule flexibility to meet their needs.

Students and those looking to continue their schooling or return to school can also enroll in McDonald’s signature education and career advising program Archways to Opportunity. The program provides eligible employees at participating restaurants an opportunity to earn college tuition assistance, a high school diploma, access free education and career advising services and learn English as a second language.

Thus far in 2022, local McDonald’s restaurants across Indiana and Southwest Michigan have provided more than $170,000 in tuition assistance to help employees continue their education.
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