By Rhonda Grundeman
EL CENTRO – Imperial Valley schools are â€œlovinâ€™ it!â€
McDonaldâ€™s restaurants, owned by Joe Johnson and Jose Leon, raised more than $6,100 for Calexico, El Centro and Brawley schools.
Imperial Valley McDonaldâ€™s restaurants hosted a month-long McTeacherâ€™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 â€œMcTeacherâ€™s Night Challengeâ€ for the third consecutive year and received a $1,000 donation.
As part of McTeacherâ€™s Night, a portion of McDonaldâ€™s sales during a two-hour period benefited each school. The schoolâ€™s principal and teachers â€œworkedâ€ at McDonaldâ€™s greeting customers, working the registers. Families of students and local school supporters visited McDonaldâ€™s and tipped their teachers to help raise funds.
â€œWe were delighted to bring this McTeacherâ€™s Night Challenge to Imperial Valley and work with our local schools to raise money for education,â€ said Joe Johnson and Jose Leon, McDonaldâ€™s owners. â€œWe take great pride as local business owners in giving back to our community.â€
In 2014, Imperial Valley McDonaldâ€™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.