WILLIAMSON — Grab a bite to eat and support a local school at the same time Thursday.
Southside Elementary will conduct a “McTeacher’s Night” at McDonald’s in South Williamson, Ky., from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on May 2. The event is to raise money for the school, with a percentage of all sales within the three-hour time-frame going towards just that.
Around 25 teachers, instructional assistants and custodians are volunteering their time between two shifts to be employees at the restaurant. The community is encouraged to come and support the school.
Jill Maynard, Principal of Southside Elementary, told the Daily News that the funds earned would go towards the school’s PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System,) a positive rewards system.
“Students have five beatitudes, and when they are displayed, they earn ‘honey money’ and can spend that ‘money’ each month towards neat prizes, which is earned through being responsible, respectful, caring, honest and safe,” Maynard said.
Funds would also be used to improve students’ learning within the classroom.
“It will also be used to purchase books for standards-based units for all grade levels, both informational and literary texts,” she said.
Purchases made either within the establishment or the drive-through will go towards the school’s fundraiser. And if you’re not feeling too hungry but still want to participate, a tip jar will be available for donations directly to the school.
Maynard said that she would be working the drive-through for her shift.
“I’m excited,” she said. “I’ve never done it before. I can’t wait to see my kids’ faces light up when they stop by and see their principal working there.”
She said that her school was very tight-knit, like a family.
“We have such an outstanding Southside family, and we want to improve the education of our students,” Maynard said. “There’s nothing more gratifying than improving the life of a child.”
Approximately 630 students, from Pre-K to fifth-grade, attend Southside.
“We’re grateful for this opportunity, to work with the community and to have such great partnership with local business, because ultimately this is for our community,” Maynard said. “These kids are the future.”