There are tasty ways to gather students, parents, teachers and other school staffers in a social setting. For Eastside Elementary School, one of those is McTeacher Night.
The school recently held its second such night of the year at the Ridge Manor West McDonald's. The restaurant, owned by Jennifer Prado, invites school personnel, students and families to the location so that the school can raise money.
"We get 15 percent of the sales between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.," said Title I parent educator Beth Zacharias, who has high praise for Prado, a member of Eastside's School Advisory Council.
"She's at every event," Zacharias said. "This is a very committed community partner."
The night is made special with door prizes every 30 minutes - board games, Big Mac jigsaw puzzles, McDonald's mouse pads, T-shirts and hats.
The event was well attended and raised $293. Zacharias reported attendance by 44 parents, 54 students and 11 staffers and teachers. At the first McTeacher Night, there were 210 attendees, and the school raised a little more than $300.
"Our main focus when we involve the community is to help us achieve our instructional goals," Zacharias said.