MAC Grants Aid School Projects

Students will have the opportunity to engage in more school projects thanks to McDonald’s.

Local McDonald’s owners/operators Ross and Carol Stoltz, along with their daughter McDonald’s owner/operator Amanda Stoltz-Moore, presented a dozen local middle school teachers with McDonald’s Make Activities Count Grants last week at McDonald’s of Elm Grove, 101 Kruger Street. The trio also provided the MAC Grant winners with dinner during the event.

McDonald’s MAC Grants program provides school teachers up to $500 for interesting and educational projects to help learning come alive in classrooms.

This year’s winners include Brian Best of Martins Ferry Middle School, Kate Edington of Bridgeport Middle School, Thomas Salkovick of Sherrard Middle School, Julie Schultz of Bridgestreet Middle School, Mary Palma of Wheeling Middle School, Melinda Trip and Mary Dolan of Triadelphia Middle School, Suzanne Muncy, Michael Sforza, Michael Eskridge and Rich Woods of Moundsville Middle School, and Debra Clark of Warwood Middle School.

According to Ross Stoltz, their McDonald’s has been involved with the MAC Grants program for over a decade. This year marks a particular milestone as a committee chose twelve winners out of 250 applicants based on merit. Applicants submitted ideas about project topics ranging from CPR to electricity, among others.

“It’s the largest group of we’ve ever had,” Stoltz said. “We’re proud to be doing this.”

During the Stoltz family’s first year involved with the program, only one winner was selected. As some of this year’s winners are also past MAC Grant recipients, Stoltz encouraged them to not only reapply, but also tell other teachers to submit ideas as well.

This year alone, McDonald’s has awarded $25,000 in MAC grants to more than 50 teachers throughout northern and central West Virginia, southeastern Ohio and the greater Pittsburgh area. To date, regional McDonald’s restaurants have awarded more than $1.4 million to support hands-on learning in middle school classrooms through the MAC Grants program.

“Because McDonald’s recognizes that children benefit from hands-on learning experiences, our MAC Grants program awards funds to local teachers to help them Make Activities Count in their classrooms,” Stoltz said.