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McDonald’s launches Outstanding Educator Awards

Nomination period open through Sept. 15


PITTSBURG, Kan. — Local McDonald’s restaurants will again celebrate area teachers with the launch of the fourth-annual McDonald’s Outstanding Educator Awards. Nominations will be accepted online through Sept. 15 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/moeducator23.

Since launching this award program in 2020, McDonald’s restaurants in the fourstates area have given more than $35,000 in cash and prizes to 185 educators across local communities.  

Community members can nominate outstanding teachers in grades K-12 and the award honors educators who exhibit the ultimate dedication to their students and go the extra mile to contribute to the improvement of education.   

“Year after year, our local educators amaze the community with their commitment to our children,” said Thomas Nichols, a McDonald’s owner and operator in the Joplin area. “We want to hear the stories of local teachers who make a difference every day in the lives of their students so we can help celebrate them!” 

Two tiers of prizes will be awarded at random — 45 educators will receive a $100 Visa gift card and five educators will receive a $1000 gift card to use toward their classroom. All winners will receive a “Best Teacher Ever” coffee mug, Outstanding Educator certificate, and McDonald’s food vouchers to “teach it forward” to parents with outstanding students throughout the year. 

Nichols says he is honored to celebrate local educators with this award for a fourth year, especially as teachers are constantly adapting to whatever is thrown at them while ensuring that the children in local communities succeed. 

In addition to funds for their classrooms and a “Best Teacher Ever” coffee mug, the McDonald’s Outstanding Educator Award winners can recognize good behavior and academic success among their students with vouchers for free McDonald’s items. 

For more information or to submit a McDonald’s Outstanding Educator Award nomination, visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/moeducator23.