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Nevis school teachers work at McDonald's for cause

Nevis teachers (from left) Melinda Crimmins and Jen McNamee prepare coffee for customers in order to raise funds for their school.

It isn’t often that students can hear a teacher ask if they would “like fries with that?”

But on Monday, Nov. 18 exactly that could be heard from the Nevis public school staff.

Twenty-seven teachers in all signed up to work at the Park Rapids McDonald's from 4:30-8:30 p.m. hoping to procure additional funds for their school's benefit.

“Last week we really started pushing the event. We sent out an email to teachers for volunteers if they would be interested and the emails just started rolling in,” said Lynne Gustafson, secretary at the high school for 16 years.

“The reaction and turnout was great. I was very surprised to see how many teachers have already been past McDonald's employees,” Gustafson said.

During the one-night stint, 20 percent of profits made were donated by McDonald's to the funding of construction projects for Nevis school.

“It creates unity and brings everyone together to work for one common cause. The money we anticipate getting will be divided into accounts for the high school and elementary school. The elementary will eventually get new playground equipment and the high school will be getting a new parking lot,” Gustafson said.

On the possibility of similar events, Gustafson said the district remained “absolutely open to doing this again in the future.”

Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
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