Cleveland Elementary “McTeachers”



Dr. David Bradford, principal, and Cleveland Elementary students pack the house at McDonald’s.

Dr. David Bradford, principal, and Cleveland Elementary students pack the house at McDonald’s.


McDonald’s restaurant in Oneonta recently hosted a project to help local schools raise much needed money for school projects that are not funded by state and county budgets.

Dr. David Bradford, principal of Cleveland Elementary School, brought more than 20 teachers and staff personnel to McDonald’s on Saturday to work a shift flipping and serving burgers to a packed house of students, parents, and the general public.

Asked what he thought of being waited on by his teachers, young Peyton Hazelrig said, “It’s cool. They give us homework every day, so now it’s our turn to make them work.”

Upon entering the restaurant, each diner was issued a coupon to be attached to the portion of the receipt retained by the cashier when the customer places an order. At the end of the day, those receipts were tallied and the school received 15 percent of that amount.

Christopher Garrison, marketing director, said, “With the economy in the state it is in and schools always looking for ways to raise funds, McTeacher’s Night was designed for schools to raise money by coming and being a part of what everyone must do, which is eat.”