The Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Buckeye McDonald

The Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Buckeye McDonald’s restaurants held a McTeacher’s Night Challenge in February, raising more than $18,000 for local schools. Pictured, from left, McDonald’s Estrella Parkway General Manager Amanda Acosta; Sundance PTA President Anita Morgan; McDonald’s Supervisor Salvador Zepeda; Buckeye General Manager Liliana Ortiz; Litchfield/McDowell General Manager Selenia Phillips; Litchfield/Waddell General Manager Elena Delgad; and Director of Operations Melanie Ramirez. (Photo courtesy McDonald’s)

The Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Buckeye McDonald’s restaurants held a McTeacher’s Night Challenge in February, raising more than $18,000 for local schools.

“We were delighted to bring this McTeacher’s Night Challenge to the Southwest Valley community and work with our local schools to raise money for education,” said Derrick Mellon, whose family owns McDonald’s restaurants. “Our family takes great pride as local business owners in giving back to our community.”

As part of McTeacher’s Night, a portion of McDonald’s sales during a two-hour period benefited each school. The school’s principal and teachers “worked” at McDonald’s greeting customers, working the registers. Families of students and local school supporters visited McDonald’s and tipped their teachers to help raise funds.

Sundance Elementary placed first in the challenge, receiving an additional $1,000 donation for a total of $1,804. Odyssey Preparatory Buckeye placed second, receiving an additional $500 donation for a total of $1,287. Odyssey Preparatory Sienna Hills placed third, receiving an additional $250 donation for a total of $1,004.

The Mellons presented checks to each of the school’s principals recently during a reception at McDonald’s restaurant at 632 N. Estrella Parkway in Goodyear.

Thirty-one schools participated in the Southwest Valley McTeacher’s Night Challenge including Rancho Santa Fe, Marionneaux, Copper Trails, Liberty, Grace Fellowship Academy, Dreaming Summit, Michael Anderson, Rainbow Valley, Western Sky Middle School, Las Brisas Academy, Buckeye, Inca, Wildflower, Lattie Coor, Desert Star, Verrado, Centerra Mirage, Jasinski, Westar, Freedom, Estrella Mountain, Desert Thunder, Bales, Canyon Breeze, Sundance, Westpark, Mabel Padgett, Corte Sierra, Odyssey Preparatory Sienna Hills, Odyssey Preparatory Goodyear and Odyssey Preparatory Buckeye.

Since 2009, the McDonald’s restaurants, owned by Don, Dorothy, Derrick and Darian Mellon, have raised $111,000 for Southwest Valley schools.