McDonald’s swamped on BWE’s McTeachers Night
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
The Sunbury McDonald’s is typically busy, but customers can usually find a parking space; and they don’t have to wait too long in line to place and order, get their food, sit down and eat. But that was not the case last Thursday evening. The parking lot was full, customers were parking on Tippitt Court and in the Noah’s Ark Daycare parking lot, and there was a line of customers out the door and along the side of the building.
No, McDonald’s wasn’t giving away free food; it was business as usual. McDonald’s was serving Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fries, soft drinks, coffee – the entire menu at regular prices. But there was one tiny twist that drew customers in last Thursday evening. It was Big Walnut Elementary School’s McTeacher Night, and customers were on hand not only to support the PTO fundraiser, but also to hear a favorite teacher say: “Would you like fries with that?”
As an added attraction, and certainly a draw for children and parents alike, was a visit from the one and only Ronald McDonald. Ronald worked the room like the professional clown that he is, stopping for a multitude of photographs with students, teachers, parents, and even a few school administrators.
“Teachers and parents are what makes McTeacher’s Night a big success,” said McDonald’s Vicky Lauer. “Big Walnut Elementary PTO President Jeremy Partlow played a big part in getting the school staff excited about McTeacher’s Night, and the teachers get students excited and we have a successful event.”
Lauer said last Thursday’s event was the second BWE McTeacher’s Night at Sunbury McDonald’s and both were successful. McDonald’s donated 15 percent of cash register receipts to the BWE PTO, and with money placed in teacher’s tip jars the evening netted over $1,000 for the PTO to use to enhance student services that fall outside normal curriculum funding.
“We have found out that Big Walnut area parents support their schools 100 percent,” Lauer said. “And McDonald’s owner and operator Rod Boester has made a commitment to the schools to help in their fundraising events.”