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‘McTeacher Night’ planned in Ticonderoga

“McTeacher Night” will be held Tuesday, April 8, 4:30 to 7 p.m. at McDonald’s of Ticonderoga. Proceeds will benefit the BackPack program, sponsored by the Ticonderoga Kiwanis.

“McTeacher Night” will be held Tuesday, April 8, 4:30 to 7 p.m. at McDonald’s of Ticonderoga. Proceeds will benefit the BackPack program, sponsored by the Ticonderoga Kiwanis.

— Ticonderoga teachers will flip burgers and serve fries to help local BackPack program.

“McTeacher Night” will be held Tuesday, April 8, 4:30 to 7 p.m. at McDonald’s of Ticonderoga. Proceeds will benefit the BackPack program, sponsored by the Ticonderoga Kiwanis.

“Community members are encouraged to bring their families and have dinner that night at McDonald’s and have their favorite teacher take their order and bus their table,” John Bartlett, BackPack program coordinator, said. “All proceeds during the designated 2 1/2 hours will benefit the BackPack program. Lots and lots of credit should be given to Scott and Robin Hearburg who are big supporters of the BackPack program.”

The Hearburgs own McDonald’s.

This will be the third “McTeacher Night” at McDonald’s. The previous events benefitted the Ticonderoga Elementary School playground project.

More than 100 Ticonderoga students have access to nutritious food during weekends thanks to the community’s BackPack program.

The program provides backpacks filled with nutritious, easily-prepared foods to eligible students every weekend during the school year. During the week students have access to federally-funded breakfast and lunch programs.

The program now serves 120 children at four schools, according to Bartlett.

“The additional nutrition is designed to help these students eat healthy over the weekend and be better prepared for their classes and other educational opportunities Monday through Friday,” Bartlett said.

The cost to sponsor one child in the BackPack program for an entire school year is only $167, Bartlett said.

“Donations to this very worthy cause are tax-deductible,” he said. “All of the donations received are used to purchase the food for the program from the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, which provides the food at a much more affordable cost than other sources.”

For more information people can contact Bartlett at jbartlett1@nycap.rr.com.

The Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga is an all-volunteer community service organization that supports a variety of community initiatives with its number one priority being young children. Through its various projects and support for other community organizations, Kiwanis strives “to help make a difference in our communities.”

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