McDonald's restaurants in Southwest Florida invite customers and members of the community to help collect new school supplies for local students in need. From today, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 3, customers are encouraged to stop by participating restaurants in Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Lee counties, as well as two restaurants in North Port (Sarasota County), and drop off supplies in the school bus-shaped boxes in the restaurant lobbies.
"With so many families visiting our restaurants daily, we felt this was a great way to give back to the communities that give so much to us," said Tim Frederic, who owns nine McDonald's restaurants in Lee County. "With 50 Southwest Florida McDonald's restaurants collecting supplies, we believe our customers will help us make a significant contribution to local students in need."
Suggested donations include notebook paper, pens, #2 pencils, crayons, glue sticks, rulers, small index cards, highlighters, notebooks and three-ring binders. In Lee County, all supplies collected will be donated to the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools.
"Our teachers do an excellent job of engaging our students in learning and preparing them for their futures as productive citizens, however, if a student does not have the tools necessary to succeed, then learning at the highest level cannot take place," said Marshall T. Bower, President and CEO of the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools. "Making sure all students have the supplies needed to succeed is of paramount importance, and community partners like McDonald's help us to reach this goal. With 70% of our students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, the need is very high in our school district. McDonald's is helping us to make sure students come to school prepared to learn!"
The first 150 people in each restaurant to donate a school supply will receive a "Be Our Guest" card for a free Happy Meal.
McDonald's is one of the world's best-known brands and is a global leader in food service. There are 57 McDonald's restaurants, owned and operated by seven franchisees, located throughout Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Lee counties, as well as part of Sarasota county.
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The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc. is a private, 501(c) 3 organization established in 1986. Its mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee County for students and educators through programs, resources and experiences made possible through corporate, individual and educational partnerships.