2002-02-16 / Community

Big Macs Fund Local School Initiatives

Big Macs Fund Local School Initiatives

Sixty percent of parents would like schools to provide better tools to help families enforce their child's learning outside the classroom, according to a recent survey of families
in the New York Tri-State area.To assist schools provide families with the tools they need, the McDonald's New York Tri-State restaurant owners are making available $50,000 in grants through the Together In Education grant program. 

The program invites Far Rockaway educators and members of local Parent Teacher Associations and Parent Teacher Organizations to apply for grants ranging from $500 to $2,500, to implement projects that "tie" parents back to schools and help reinforce education both inside and outside the classroom.  Additional information and applications can be found at New York Tri-State area McDonald's restaurants, at their website at www.mcdonaldsnymetro.com or the participating school's principal.  All Together In Education grant applications must be postmarked by April 25, 2002.

Last year, seventeen New York teachers received grants to fund programs that introduced families to fun and creative ways to help them become more involved in their child's learning.

The Arching Into Education Council, a panel of educators, education reporters, and New York Tri-State McDonald's Owners, will review the applications.

Applicants will be notified of the panel's decision by May 24, 2002.  The decision of the selection committee is final.

The Together in Education grants program is a part of McDonald's "A+ Parents = A+ Kids" -- a yearlong community initiative to promote the importance of family involvement in education.  As a member of the U.S. Department of Education's Partnership for Family Involvement in Education (PFIE), New York Tri-State McDonald's Restaurants support the organization's mission to increase opportunities for families to be more involved in their children's learning at school and at home and to use family, school and community partnerships to strengthen schools and improve student achievement.

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