McDonald's contacted ALCW in September and offered us an opportunity to utilize their volunteers during the week of November 14, their corporate week of volunteering.
Thanks to Meg Cooper, Betty Cronin and Linda Legner for attending the McDonald's Volunteer Fair in October, giving the employees an introduction to ALCW.With Operation School Bell wrapped up and no Operation New Start needs to be met, we decided to create a special Operation Early Reading Readers Program for the McDonald’s volunteers. Our hope was to use as little ALCW woman power as possible in light of all the energy spent on Books & Brunch and OSB. We envisioned building a relationship with McDonald's that could benefit ALCW now and in the future.
I met the McDonald’s volunteers at the ALCW office Wednesday, November 16th at 8:30 a.m. to read the book and discuss the post reading activity before we went to our first school. They asked about ALCW and I proudly told them about our chapter and our philanthropies. They got a better idea of ONS kitchens, the OER backpack program and OSB, following the tour of our store room. I shared the fact that the office building managers’ generosity provided an entire office to run OSB because it is such a huge project. Needless to say, they were quite impressed with ALCW.
Thanks to Marie Raffl, Maria Kim and Carol Yee for guiding me through my first OER Readers Program from book selection to scheduling and labeling the books with each child’s name.
Thanks to the five McDonald’s volunteers; Suzelle Tempero, Lisa Magnuson, Danya Proud, Erin Harrington and Meredith Moore who read to the 34 LaGrange Head Start morning students at Ideal School in Countryside and Congress Park School in Brookfield on Wednesday, November 16.
Thanks to Maureen Hegarty, Marie Raffl, Carol Yee and Mary Armario (former ALCW member) who read with me to the 34 LaGrange Head Start afternoon students at Ideal School in Countryside and Congress Park School in Brookfield on Wednesday, November 16.
Thanks to Dee Dugo for providing the ALCW bags. Not only were they great for B&B, we used them during the reading program for our activity. They added a professional look. Can you spot a bag in the photos?
Without the ALCW woman power, this OER Readers Program for the McDonald's volunteers would not have been the success that it was for all!
Thank YOU for the opportunity to work with you, learn about the ALCW and read to the kids in the LaGrange Head Start Program. I truly enjoyed my morning and look forward to seeing the pictures.Take care, and thanks again!
McJob: Director, U.S. Management Communications
McDonald's USA, LLC
I would like to take this time to sincerely thank you for coming out to our classrooms! The kids really enjoyed themselves and were very excited
about their new books! Thanks to you and your team! Have a happy Thanksgiving holiday!
Child Development Specialist
La Grange Head Start