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Katherine Schloemer, a teacher at St. Mary Academy, has much more joy than usual to share with her students this holiday season. Schloemer is the recipient of a 2013 MAC Grant from McDonald’s® Restaurants of Kentuckiana.
For the 11th consecutive year, Kentuckiana middle school teachers shared their ideas of how to “Make Activities Count” in the classroom in hopes of receiving a McDonald’s MAC Grant. The MAC Grant program rewards teachers for innovation and creativity in the classroom by providing funding for hands-on learning activities.
As part of an enrichment class, Schloemer will use the MAC Grant to purchase LEGO Mindstorms sets for the students to build and program real-life robotic solutions. This activity allows for creativity and teamwork and also provides cross-curricular opportunities in areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
The MAC Grant program provides up to $500 to inspired middle school teachers interested in creating meaningful and interactive educational projects for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. This year, McDonald’s Restaurants of Kentuckiana awarded over $11,000 in grant money to area teachers.