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September 11, 2013

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DACC president works at McDonald's to raise funds

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“Each semester we see more students with needs than we have funds available. It’s a huge need, so this opportunity from McDonald’s is truly a blessing and helps to make a student’s dream reality,” Wahlfeldt said.

Deanna Witzel, owner of the Vermilion County McDonald’s restaurants, said, “We have done this for years for nonprofits to help them raise funds.”

Witzel said principals and other school officials usually aren’t found behind the counter preparing the food.

“The principals usually are free to socialize because the students want to talk to them,” she explained.

One exception, though, was made several years ago for current Danville District 118 Superintendent Mark Denman.

“When Mr. Denman was principal, the kids wanted him to wait on them and he obliged,” Witzel said.

Jacobs said her job at lunchtime Tuesday was being “a door greeter and circulating among the guests.” She said she didn’t mind “roving” among the diners.

“Anything that helps DACC is fun for me,” she said.

To drum up a little extra business, Jacobs told her students in her Success in College class that they would have an opportunity to earn 10 extra credit points if they attended a DACC event — including the McDonald’s activity on Tuesday.

Students can elect to write about the event,” she said. “But more than that, the course helps them to know more about the events at the college and to become successful. It helps students understand what they may encounter while they are in college, such as financial concerns, studying, time management, setting goals and acquainting themselves with all the services DACC has to offer.”

On Thursday, Cannon Elementary School Principal Kimberly Pabst and some of her teachers will try their hand at working at the Neighborhood McDonald’s between 5-7 p.m. to raise money for their school. All Cannon students who attend the event will receive one free homework pass.

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