They may be the school’s chief administrators, but on the evening of January 7, E-Cubed Academy’s Principal Regina Winkfield and Assistant Principal John McCarthy manned McDonald’s drive-through window to serve meals on a very cold winter night.
In a unique community partnership, teachers and administrators at E-Cubed worked alongside McDonald’s personnel in a two-hour shift to raise funds for the school. They even worked alongside some of their students who are employed part-time at McDonald’s.
In addition to working at the drive-through, E-Cubed teachers and staff served customers inside the restaurant, poured drinks and cooked.
Despite the frigid weather that evening, E-Cubed raised $300 during the “Tickled Pink” event that will be used to support the technology needs of the high school and senior class activities. The event will be held again this spring on May 5, 2015.
The restaurant, located on Branch Avenue, had a steady stream of customers. Although they only had a brief training session, the teachers and administrators acclimated quickly and energetically to their new jobs for the evening.
McDonald’s is a strong community partner at E-Cubed Academy and has helped to support the school’s programs and employs several of its students. The partnership was formed following a conversation between Alexander Major, teacher leader in science at E-Cubed, and Joseph Napoli, owner of the Branch Avenue McDonald’s. The restaurant provides food for school events as well as personnel to speak about work ethics on Career Day, while Major and the E-Cubed Guidance Department help to prepare and support students in balancing school and work.
“We encourage students to use the school and work environment as a platform to establish a strong work ethic along with making healthy life choices,” said Winkfield. “It was our pleasure to work alongside our students and watch as they trained us in the many operations used to serve customers at McDonald’s, our valued community partner.”