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Free Meals for Teachers: McDonald’s Shows Appreciation

Teachers can receive a free breakfast or lunch item if they show staff ID to any participating McDonald’s restaurant between May 15th and June 15th. This is in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week which kicks off on May 7th.

McDonald’s is welcoming teachers with open arms by honoring all that they do for students. The chain has stated that the goal of this initiative is to give back to them, because without them, McDonald’s wouldn’t be where they are today.

You may remember when I shared an interview in February with one of my favorite K-2 teachers, Mrs. Kayla King! She had some great ideas for how to bring more positive energy into the classroom by bringing in some healthy competition with her own version of ‘McDonald’s Cash Register’

Because she inspired me so much, I reached out to Mrs. King to see if she would be interested in sharing some tips on how to reward students with ‘Thank You’ meals during teacher appreciation week. She responded to me quickly, and shared some of the tips listed below!

Teacher Tips for Using McDonald’s Teacher Appreciation Week Free Entrée Coupons:

Order your coupons ahead of time so you will have them ready when school is out. There is a minimum purchase required for the free items, but that should be easy to meet or exceed!

Offer two or more choices if you have a large group of students. Have student volunteers make the needed calculations and provide you with suggested prices. Determine your total savings by multiplying total number of coupons x value. It’s a great way for students to practice their math skills and make informed choices.

You can also have students fill out a survey or write a short reflection about their favorite teacher using one of the coupons as a prize for completing the activity!

Mrs. King showing off her winning smile at lunch time! When asked if she would use this opportunity to treat herself to a free entree, her response was YES! I always love having a School Book Week themed lunch!

Thank you Mrs. King for these great ideas! There are so many ways to make this fun and rewarding! What will you be doing during Teacher Appreciation week?

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