Franchisees distributed more than 150 books to preschool-aged children to promote early childhood education on National Education and Sharing Day
Press Release – Queens, New York – McDonald’s franchisees joined Books for Kids – a national nonprofit that promotes reading among low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children – to celebrate National Education and Sharing Day by donating more than 150 Happy Meal Books to the Concerned Parents of Jamaica Early Learning Center.
More than 100 children at the Early Learning Center in Jamaica were presented with a variety of Happy Meal Book titles, including “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”, “Big Nate in a Class by Himself” and “Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses.”
“Literacy and learning are the ultimate keys to success,” said Iris Lawrence, a local McDonald’s franchisee. “On behalf of all the McDonald’s franchisees in Queens, we are honored to do our part to provide children in our communities with books that will help them foster a love for reading and instill the importance of continued education.”
“Books for Kids is thrilled to be the recipient again of this generous book donation,” said Amanda Hirsh, Executive Director of Books for Kids. “Concerned Parents of Jamaica is a wonderful school with an active and engaged community, and we know that the books donated to the children will be in the hands of eager readers. This is the second time we have worked with the nearby McDonald’s franchisees to make a donation and StoryTime event possible, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”
McDonald’s Owner/Operators are committed to supporting education across all levels of learning by supporting programs such as Archways to Opportunity and Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) scholarships. Archways to Opportunity is a comprehensive continuing education program that assists McDonald’s employees in New York and across the country by offering educational and career advancement opportunities to employees who work in McDonald’s restaurants. Since the program’s inception in 2015, more than 900 McDonald’s employees across the New York Metro region have enrolled in Archways to Opportunity to apply for college tuition assistance, complete their high school degree, improve their English language skills, and sign up for career advisement. In their work with RMHC-NYTSA, McDonald’s Owner/Operators contribute to scholarships each year for students in financial need who have demonstrated academic excellence, community involvement and leadership qualities Last year, students in the New York Tri-State Area were awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships thanks to the support of RMHC-NYTSA and local McDonald’s franchisees.
About McDonald’s New York Tri-state Area
As one of the brand’s flagship markets, McDonald’s New York Metro Region represents one of the world’s best known brands within the Tri-State area. Based in Iselin, New Jersey, the regional office oversees 600 McDonald’s restaurants and more than 100 franchisees located throughout the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State region. The regional office is run by a team of leading professionals in the fields of operations, marketing, public relations and public affairs.
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About Books for Kids
The mission of the Books for Kids Foundation is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and implements literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life. For more information, visit www.booksforkids.org.