ROUSES POINT - As principal of Rouses Point Elementary, Robb Garrand always looks for ways to bring families and the school closer together.
Recently, Garrand coordinated with Sherry Reinhart, manager of McDonald's Restaurant in Champlain, to do just that.
"I had heard about McDonald's doing partnerships with schools in fundraising, so I got in touch with Sherry, who I knew through coaching and teaching her son," said Garrand.
"When Robb called and said he had heard about McTeacher's Night being done in other stores, I said 'Sure, let's do it,'" said Reinhart, who added she had been looking for the right opportunity to partner with the school.
The two worked together to coordinate a "McTeacher's Night" April 22, in which Rouses Point Elementary staff stepped on the other side of the counter to serve students and their families.
"We've done a little bit of everything working at stations all over," Garrand said as he took a break from cleaning tables that night.
Second grade teacher Wendy Engelbrecht was among staff members getting a crash course on things McDonald's employees do on a daily basis.
"I know how to make salads and how to make a milkshake. I'm learning a whole lot, real fast," Engelbrecht said as she stood behind the counter waiting to grab orders for customers. "The kids are excited to see me here and I'm learning a lot from people who work here. It's been a great night."
"This is very much a relationship-building night, which is very important, because a successful school works well with your families," added Garrand.
Though McTeacher's Night was considered a great way for students and their families to make a connection with teachers, counselors and administrators outside of school, it was also a way to raise money for the school. Ten percent of the proceeds from the two-hour event, which are currently being tabulated, will be presented to the school.