McDonald’s awards grants to local teachers

PITTSBURGH — For the 24th consecutive year, local McDonald’s restaurants are awarding MAC Grants to help area middle school teachers Make Activities Count for their students.

More than $25,000 has recently been awarded to 60 teachers across the Tri-State area. Since the program’s inception, McDonald’s restaurants have awarded more than $2.75 million to local teachers to support hands-on learning activities in their classrooms.

Following are the names of area recipients:

Evan Cumo, Bedford Middle School, $380.

Josh Bundy, DuBois Area Middle School, $300.

Mary Ellen Lang, Ebner Elementary, Altoona, $425.

Kristin Joivell, Juniata Valley School District, Alexandria, $225.

Casey J. Hanlon, Mount Union Junior/Senior High School, $460.

Jessica Hetrick and Gary Aharrahj, Tyrone Area Middle School, $500.

“The MAC Grants program demonstrates McDonald’s commitment to excellence in education and active support in the community,” said Dan Delligatti, president of the local consortium of McDonald’s Owner/


“MAC Grants allow teachers to revitalize their classes with fresh and innovative teaching methods.”

McDonald’s recognizes that lessons often become more meaningful when demonstrated with hands-on experiences.

The MAC Grants program provides financial support so teachers can supplement regular classroom curriculums with activities that the school’s budget may not allow.

More than 350 fifth- through eighth-grade teachers applied for grants to support interesting and educational projects. Those selected for funding can now afford to execute their creative learning ideas.

Project ideas were far-reaching — such as building robots to test the earth’s soil, constructing greenhouses to learn about the life cycle of indigenous plants, and solving mysteries in their very own crime lab.