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McDonald's hands out MAC grants to 4 teachers

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McDonald’s Supervisor Zack Wojtowicz, McDonald’sowners and operators Paul and Karen Wojtowicz and Shelbyville Middle School teacher Shannon Bishop pose for a photo during the McDonald’s Make Activities Count (MAC) grant presentation.
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Triton Central Middle School teacher Crystal Brown, McDonald’s Supervisor Zack Wojtowicz, McDonald’sowners and operatorsPaul and Karen Wojtowiczand Triton CentralMiddle Schoolteachers Jamie Tindalland Bruce Stone pose for a photo.

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Four Shelby County teachers will be able to pursue projects in their classroom after receiving McDonald’s Make Activities Count (MAC) grants on Friday.

Triton Central Middle School teachers Jamie Tindall, Crystal Brown and Bruce Stone, and Shelbyville Middle School teacher Shannon Bishop all received grants after applying for them earlier this year.

The teachers filled out an application requesting up to $500. The grant money must be used on the program they suggested, McDonald’s owner and operator Karen Wojtowicz said.

Tindall will use his grant money for an augmented reality sandbox, which projects images onto a sandbox and has a camera that reads the elevation of sand.

He said it will be useful for the middle school robotics club in relation to teaching his students about programming.

“It’s an opportunity to do projects we wouldn’t have the financial ability to do on our own,” he said. “It’s something that we’ll be able to do for years to come.”

Brown’s grant money will be used for a straw rocket launcher that will use trigonometry and teach about distance and height. The launcher can produce data measurement predictions and hypotheses.

“I think it’s more hands-on experience for the kids,” she said. “The more they can do, the more they internalize.”

Stone will use his for a Google cardboard, which utilizes virtual reality apps for students to visit space or be on a roller coaster. He said he plans to take his students outside so they can safely experience being on a different planet and seeing space without bumping into anything inside the middle school.

Bishop’s grant money will go toward a “Sensory for Success” program.

Wojtowicz said it’s exciting to give back to the community.

“When you see some of these outside the box ideas that teachers come up with, that the schools can’t afford some of these programs, to be able to pay for it so the kids get to do some of these ideas, it’s exciting that McDonald’s can do this kind of stuff,” she said.