By LIZ HARTNETT
The smell of fried food permeated the air as children and parents filed into the McDonald’s on Business Loop 70 and Providence Road.
But rather than being greeted by a cashier, ready to take their order, they met some familiar faces — the teachers of Lewis Elementary School.
Teachers at Columbia’s newest elementary school participated in the annual McTeachers Night, a fundraiser in which teachers work at McDonalds for an evening. During this event on Tuesday, Oct. 5, teachers swept floors, wiped tables and carried trays of food for parents.
“It’s good for kids to see us outside of school because some of the kids think we live there,” library and media specialist Donna Moessner said.
For participating in the event, McDonald’s will give an undisclosed percentage of the money earned during the hours the teachers worked to Lewis. The money from this year’s fundraiser will be spent on field trips and student activities, like pizza parties that reward positive behavior.
But the evening wasn’t all about earning money for the new elementary school.
“The best part of tonight is that we get to interact with families in a fun way,” principal Dan Boatman said.