McTeacher’s Night Challenge raises $6,100 for local schools

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Brawley McDonald’s owner Joe Johnson, J.W. Oakley McTeacher’s Night coordinator Destiny Barraza, principal Craig Casey and Calexico McDonald’s owner Jose Leon.

By Rhonda Grundeman

EL CENTRO – Imperial Valley schools are “lovin’ it!”

McDonald’s restaurants, owned by Joe Johnson and Jose Leon, raised more than $6,100 for Calexico, El Centro and Brawley schools.

Imperial Valley McDonald’s restaurants hosted a month-long McTeacher’s Night Challenge in February for 14 schools including Dool, Kennedy Gardens, Jefferson, Blanche Charles and Rockwood in Calexico; De Anza Magnet, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dogwood, Desert Garden and Sunflower in El Centro; and J.W. Oakley, Miguel Hidalgo, Myron Witter, Phil D. Swing in Brawley.

J.W. Oakley Elementary won the “McTeacher’s Night Challenge” for the third consecutive year and received a $1,000 donation.

As part of McTeacher’s Night, a portion of McDonald’s sales during a two-hour period benefited each school. The school’s principal and teachers “worked” at McDonald’s greeting customers, working the registers. Families of students and local school supporters visited McDonald’s and tipped their teachers to help raise funds.

“We were delighted to bring this McTeacher’s Night Challenge to Imperial Valley and work with our local schools to raise money for education,” said Joe Johnson and Jose Leon, McDonald’s owners. “We take great pride as local business owners in giving back to our community.”

In 2014, Imperial Valley McDonald’s restaurants served free breakfasts to grades 2-8 students taking the STAR Test, provided free Extra Value Meals to local teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day and hosted Backpack Saturday, distributing free backpacks to local students to prepare for school.