McDonald's Saipan yesterday presented Kagman Elementary School with a check donation, which is a percentage of the sales they made as part of the McTeacher's Night program.
General manager Marcia E. Ayuyu, along with daughter and executive assistant Mable Ayuyu, handed the check to principal Ruth Bigalbal Calvo and vice principal Dominic Camacho in a brief ceremony at the store's Chalan Laulau location yesterday.
The Home of the Blue Marlins was the first ever participant of the fundraising program created by the world's largest hamburger chain and launched in the Northern Marianas last December to assist public schools in meeting their immediate budgetary needs for student learning.
Calvo expressed their appreciation to the Ayuyus and McDonald's Saipan for allowing them to take part in the McTeacher's Night last month.
She said that about 20 teachers wore the McDonald's apron and cap thrice a week for four weeks to take customer orders and serve food items as well as help in the drive-thru to raise funds to be used for a project that would be decided on by the teachers themselves.
Calvo disclosed, though, that they are looking at using the money for the school's playground project.
“The teachers had fun and enjoyed interacting with the customers which included students, their parents, Education Commissioner Rita Sablan, board chair Herman Guerrero, Hopwood principal Jonas Barcinas, and other school principals, and other community members. It was an experience I don't think they'll ever forget,” she said.
Calvo said that McTeacher's Night paved the way in building important partnership with their stakeholders, McDonald's, and the rest of the community, adding that they are already on the lookout for the next fundraising event.
Marcia Ayuyu revealed plans to host the McTeacher's Night at least annually, with all public schools in the CNMI to have a rotating schedule throughout the year.
“I give credit to the parents and students, especially the teachers who go beyond their responsibilities in an effort to help their respective schools. I encourage all McTeacher's Night participants to work hard so they can raise more funds for their needs,” she said.
For her part, Mable Ayuyu said that the program is a great way to start they year, especially with the islands' challenging economy. She said the teachers' participation is a testament to their steadfast determination to foster the importance of education among the youth of the Commonwealth.
“Know that McDonald's will support education for years to come,” added Mable Ayuyu.