Nine local teachers now have extra classroom funds for special projects courtesy of McDonald's restaurants.
Local McDonald's owners Ross and Carol Stolz, along with their daughter, Amanda Stolz-Moore, on Wednesday presented "Make Activities Count" grants to winning educators during a reception at their Elm Grove restaurant.
It is the 19th year McDonald's has awarded the MAC Grants, which provide up to $500 to teachers for "interesting and educational projects to help learning come alive in the classrooms."
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Derrick McAfee, left, principal at Bellaire Middle School; Suzanne Muncy, teacher at Moundsville Middle School; Brian Best, teacher at Martins Ferry Middle School; and Julie Schultz, teacher at Bridge Street Middle School, are among local educators receiving “Make Activities Count” grants from McDonald’s Wednesday during a reception at the Elm Grove restaurant. The grants that assist teachers with classroom projects were available to those teaching in Northern and Central West Virginia, Southeastern Ohio and the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Ross Stolz noted a total of 54 grants were awarded to teachers throughout Northern and Central West Virginia, Southeastern Ohio and the Greater Pittsburgh area - and that nine of them came to local schools.
"We're happy to honor this many teachers locally, and to support them in their classrooms," Stolz said. "We know how their budgets are, and we look forward to doing this every year."
Three of the MAC grants went to teachers at Triadelphia Middle School, and another three to those at Bridge Street Middle School. Grants also went to teachers at Martins Ferry, Moundsville and Bellaire middle schools:
- Suzanne Muncy of Moundsville Middle School received $500 to purchase an aerobic stair-stepper for her classroom for students' use.
- Kristy Villani of Bridge Street Middle School was granted $432 to purchase "Scholastic Scope Magazine" subscriptions and materials for projects to promote reading.
- Julie Schultz of Bridge Street Middle School was awarded $449 for purchase of a guitar and amplifier for her music classroom to promote music education.
- Belynda Laing, also of Bridge Street Middle School, requested $410 to purchase science-related toys for her classroom to make science education "more fun."
- Diane Tucker of Triadelphia Middle School received $380 to teach students organizing skills through the use of colored paper for their assignments.
- Mary Dolan of Triadelphia Middle School was awarded $500 for science projects through which students investigate sound waves, heat and temperature flow, and magnets and magnetism.
- Melinda Tripp, also of Triadelphia Middle School, was granted $480 for science "air-powered" projects.
- Brian Best of Martins Ferry Middle School, received $500 for a science project in which students will grow food in an indoor garden using hydroponics.
- Diane Robbins of Bellaire Middle School received $500 to purchase novels to promote reading among both special education and regular education students.
McDonald's reports it has awarded more than $1.4 million to middle school classrooms through its MAC Grants program.