Bush Elementary School kindergarten teacher Bonnie Walsh recently received a MAC Grant from McDonald’s of Western New York. The $250 award was for her grant, “Providing an Activities Based Program to Support Diverse Learners.”
“My kindergarten classroom is filled diverse learners, aged four to six years,” said Mrs. Walsh. I believe it is important to provide every child with hands-on practical life experiences so that each child can explore the activities in ways that will enhance their individual learning styles. The items purchased by this grant will provide my students with opportunities to appreciate work and experience the joys of trying out different career paths with the use of practical life tools. Learning about Community Helpers is best when children can explore here in the classroom using hands-on activities to enhance the learning process.”
Mrs. Walsh attended an awards ceremony in Buffalo where they awarded the $250 and a MAC grant recipient medal. With the New York State Common Core Standards and the new standards regarding readiness for college and careers, Mrs. Walsh’s grant will provide funds for her class to help support all students.
The 12 McDonald’s franchise owners and operators of Buffalo, McDonald’s of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania selected the 2012 MAC Grant Award recipients out of hundreds of applications. The MAC Grants Program is designed to help teachers “Make Activities Count” for their students. The McDonald’s committee found these applications to be among the “cream of the crop.” McDonald’s is pleased to support the efforts of teachers in their creativity and commitment to excellence in education.