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McDonald’s saying ‘thank you’ to educators with a week of free breakfasts

By Richard Rourk

Everyone knows the value of an exceptional educator. They inspire and champion the next generation, and over the last year, they have truly stepped up to support their communities, both inside and outside the classroom.

That’s why this week, McDonald’s is making school day mornings a little brighter for educators and showing appreciation with a free breakfast “Thank You Meal” through Friday, Oct. 15.

“Together with our owner/operators, we’re proud to serve the people who make our communities a better place, and this is an important time to say thank you to some of our everyday heroes,” said Joe Erlinger, president, McDonald’s USA. 

“We were honored to give away 12 million free Thank You Meals to first responders and healthcare workers last year and now, with educators going above and beyond, we’re excited to recognize them in a way only McDonald’s can,” Erlinger added.

All educators — such as teachers, administrators and school staff — can simply head to their local participating McDonald’s, including the store in Erwin, during breakfast hours through Oct. 15 and show a valid work ID for a free breakfast.

The Thank You Meals will be served in a classic Happy Meal box filled with an entrée breakfast sandwich, hash browns and a beverage. Sandwich choices include an Egg McMuffin, a Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit or a Sausage Biscuit. Beverage options include a medium McCafé hot or iced coffee or a medium soft drink.

“Taking our support of educators national through our Thank You Meal program will allow even more educators to be recognized, and is just a small token of our appreciation,” Erlinger said.

“It is just a way to show appreciation to what educators do, especially in today’s environment,” said Jim Davis, owner and operator of the McDonald’s store in Erwin. 

“It is so important to recognize these educators who are working with the children, which is our future,” Davis said. “Earlier in the COVID-19 crisis we did something similar for our local medical staff and first responders.”

Davis explained that the annual McTeacher’s Night is scheduled to take place this school year if COVID-19 numbers decrease. 

“We haven’t scheduled it at this time, simply because of COVID,” Davis said. “As soon as the case load lowers, we will be reaching out to Unicoi County Schools to try to get that in during this school season.”

McDonald’s is also  inviting the public to honor a special educator in their life. Share how educators inspire by using #ThankYouMeal on Twitter, TikTok or Instagram, now through Oct. 15.