Sixth grade teacher Ashley McKown recently received a Make Activities Count (MAC) Grant from McDonald's in the amount of $500.
Sixth grade teacher Ashley McKown recently received a Make Activities Count (MAC) Grant from McDonald’s in the amount of $500.
LeTrisha Keime, General Manager at the Canton McDonald’s, said she received 10 proposals for the grant and this one emphasized critical thinking by students.
“I applied for the MAC Grant (Make Activities Count) at the beginning of the school year,” said McKown. “This was my second attempt. Last year, I did not receive the grant.
“This year I had the idea of getting breakout boxes for IMS to create meaningful hands-on learning environment for my students. The Breakout boxes are a unique collection of resettable locks, boxes and items that can be adapted to learning environment and curriculum. Breakout boxes require critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.”
“This type of program makes students think and work collaboratively,” added Ingersoll Principal Wayne Krus. “This is the direction the district is pushing education.”
“Thank you for applying for a 2017 McDonald’s Restaurants of Peoria/Bloomington MAC Grant,” ran the official notification from McDonald’s. “Peoria/Bloomington-area middle school teachers inspired to create meaningful hands-on learning projects for their students are eligible to receive a MAC Grant of up to $500 to “Make Activities Count” in the classroom.”
Taking part in the presentation are (from left) Blake Kosanovich, owner of the Canton McDonald’s; Ashley McKown, sixth grade teacher at Ingersoll Middle School; LeTrisha Keime, General Manager of the Canton McDonalds; and Wayne Krus, Ingersoll Middle School Principal.