Education Brief: Local Teachers Work at McDonald’s for a Good Cause | Boykin Drops Off Resolution for PMSA

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Washington Dual Language Academy staff with Ronald McDonald at the McTeacher’s Night held at the Maywood McDonald‘s at 1st Ave. and Lake St. on May 23. Below, Ronald with Washington Dual Language Academy Principal Lourdes Perez and Kindergarten teacher Vanessa Afre. | Photos provided

Washington teachers IIThursday, May 25, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews

Teachers at Washington Dual Language Academy, 1111 Washington Blvd. in Maywood, held their first annual McTeacher’s Night on May 23 at the McDonald’s located at 11 N. 1st Ave. in Maywood.

The annual McTeacher’s Night is designed to raise money for local schools by allowing teachers to work at McDonald’s for a few hours and giving a percentage of the night’s sales to a local school.

In all, 13 Washington teachers and staff members pulled up their sleeves and worked numerous jobs for the restaurant. They cleaned the lobby, greeted guests, worked the counter, served drinks and ice cream, and even cleared tables. Ronald McDonald even stopped by.

On Tuesday, the restaurant was taken over by teachers excited to serve freshly prepared meals to students and their families to raise money for Washington Dual Language Academy.  The students and families were excited to see their teachers and principal behind the counter and throughout the restaurant.

The Nelson family, who own and operate the McDonald’s on 1st Ave., opened their doors to the teachers.

“A special thank you goes to Washington Dual Language Academy member Patricia Bass who organized the event as well as everyone that worked and attended the event,” noted a statement released by the franchise owners. “Washington Dual Language Academy teachers worked hard and with excitement, while the families enjoyed a spectacular evening. ”

Tuesday’s event raised about $500 for Washington, which plans to spend the money on student awards, a spring dance and musical instruments.

Boykin presents PMSA with resolution recognizing high ranking

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Boykin with PMSA students, District 209’s assistant superintendent, Nicole Howard, and PMSA principal Bessie Karvelas on May 23. | Photo provided

On May 23, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin visited Proviso Math and Science Academy to drop off a resolution honoring the school for their high ranking in a prestigious national survey of high schools in America.

PMSA was ranked 32 among 658 Illinois high schools included in the most recent school rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

The list, U.S. News Best High Schools Rankings, considers data on 28,496 public high schools in the country. PMSA was ranked 1,044 among those high schools nationwide, good for a Silver medal. Last year, PMSA received a Bronze medal.

Last August, PMSA garnered the top spot in Chicago Magazine’s ranking of the top 20 high schools in suburban Cook County.

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