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McDonald’s accepting nominations for Outstanding Educator Awards


Local McDonald’s restaurants will again celebrate area teachers this fall with the launch of the fourth annual McDonald’s Outstanding Educator Awards. Nominations will be accepted online through Sept. 15 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/moeducator23.

Since launching this award program in 2020, locally-owned McDonald’s restaurants have given more than $35,000 in cash and prizes to 185 educators across local communities, said officials. Community members can nominate outstanding teachers in grades kindergarten through 12, and the award honors educators who exhibit the ultimate dedication to their students and go the extra mile to contribute to the improvement of education, officials explain.

“Year after year, our local educators amaze the community with their commitment to our children,” said Andi Hilburn-Vaini, local McDonald’s owner/operator. “We want to hear the stories of local teachers who make a difference every day in the lives of their students so we can help celebrate them!”

Two tiers of prizes will be awarded at random: 45 educators will receive a $100 Visa gift card and five educators will receive a $1,000 gift card to use toward their classrooms. All winners will receive a Best Teacher Ever coffee mug, Outstanding Educator certificate and McDonald’s food vouchers to “teach it forward” to parents with outstanding students throughout the year.

Hilburn-Vaini says she is honored to celebrate local educators with this award for a fourth year, especially as teachers are constantly adapting to whatever is thrown at them while ensuring that the children in local communities succeed.

In addition to funds for their classrooms and a Best Teacher Ever coffee mug, the McDonald’s Outstanding Educator Award winners can recognize good behavior and academic success among their students with vouchers for free McDonald’s items. For more information or to submit a McDonald’s Outstanding Educator Award nomination, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/moeducator23.