Teachers from Pecos Elementary School took over the South McDonald’s in Roswell on Thursday, serving hamburgers and raising money for the school. (Randal Seyler Photo)
Pecos Elementary School teachers and staff took over Roswell’s south McDonald’s Thursday night for McTeacher’s Night — and managed to swamp the restaurant for two hours.
“It was fun and we had a blast last night,” said Principal Barbara Ryan on Friday. “We received 25 percent of the profit for those two hours and raised $736 for the school.”
McTeacher’s Night is a popular and highly visible fundraising program that takes place in McDonald’s restaurants, according to the website, mcdonaldseducates.com.
“Educators, students, parents, and friends are invited to their local McDonald’s to ‘work’ and raise money for a designated school-related cause. Monies go toward sports uniforms, band equipment, theater needs — whatever the school decides,” the website states.
Ryan said one of the school’s parents had been talking to Nic Snowberger, owner/operator of south McDonald’s, and learned that Snowberger had held the McTeacher’s Night before.
“I have done it one other time before, but last night was such a huge success we decided to make it an annual event,” Snowberger said. “We’ll do it again at the same time next year.”
Snowberger was the manager of a McDonald’s in Clovis when he first held a McTeacher’s Night in 2007, he said.
“It was a pretty big success, but nothing like it was last night,” Snowberger said. “We had a major turnout from parents and students alike.”
“We decided to do McTeacher’s Night in conjunction with Dr. Seuss,” Ryan said.
There was even an appearance by the Cat In The Hat and Thing One and Thing Two.
“We wanted to reach kids and do some fun things with them,” Ryan said.
The students did a good job at getting people to join them at the restaurant.
“We had a lot of students and parents there,” Ryan said. “We broke all records for the number of people served in those two hours.”
Ryan said 212 people came through the drive-thru during the two hours, and the restaurant was standing room only for much of the time. There were 31 staff members who participated in the event, either running the front counter, fixing orders or directing traffic.
“The teachers were doing good job, too,” Snowberger said. “I want all those teachers to know should they need a second job, they’ll be hired on spot.”
Teachers were not just at the front counter, but were also in the back helping toast buns, cooking and bagging fries, and preparing orders.
“We had teachers in all positons. It was interesting, because as night started, you could see they were a bit apprehensive and holding back,” Snowberger said. “But by the end of the two hours, they were shoving the regular employees out of the way and jumping in there to get the job done.”