For Dandan Elementary School 4th grade teacher Rachel Reyes, putting on the McDonald’s uniform, hat, and apron was a fantasy come true last May when the school had its McTeacher’s Night stint.
Reyes said she’s always wanted to be a McDonald’s crew when she was in high school in her native Philippines. However, due to a host of factors she never got the chance to work for the world’s largest fast-food chain.
That all changed a couple of months back when Reyes and close to 30 staff of Dandan Elementary School manned the cash registers and helped take orders on all Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays of the week in May.
Another fourth grade teacher from the school, Bill Harwood, said his McTeacher’s Night experience was surreal as his youngest son, a 14-year-old, recently worked at McDonald’s.
McDonald’s Saipan rewarded Reyes, Harwood, and the school’s volunteerism yesterday when the company handed over a check representing the school’s portion for participating in McTeacher’s Night.
McTeacher’s Night was launched in December to generate funds to support activities and projects of individual PSS schools. Under the effort, teachers and staff of the school serve customers at McDonald’s in exchange for a percentage of sales.
Dandan Elementary School principal Martha Kintol said the money they got would be used to buy much-needed school supplies.
She said her teachers have been asking her office to buy flipcharts, which are pretty expensive at $20 a pop. Another pressing need are crayons and scissors.
Kintol said the school normally provides crayons and scissors but the lack of budget has prevented this. She said they have asked students’ parents to supply these materials, but some of them have trouble doing so.
Money left after buying flipcharts, crayons, scissors, and other school materials would be used to repaint Dandan Elementary School’s playground, which is long overdue for repairs.
Helping the school’s fundraising effort last May was a competition to see which class (students and parents) would have the most participants during McTeacher’s Night. The school gave a pizza party to the winning class.
Kintol, meanwhile, thanked McDonald’s Saipan and Ayuyu family for donating funds to the school through the McTeacher’s Night campaign.
McDonald’s Saipan general manager Marcia Ayuyu thanked Dandan Elementary School for their enthusiasm during McTeacher’s Night, saying it is their way of giving back, especially to public schools, which her husband, McDonald’s Saipan president Joe Ayuyu, holds close to his heart.