McDonald’s donates $1,000 to LCS’s Raider Rack

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London McDonald’s Team Holowicki donated $1,000 to The Raider Rack at London City Schools. On hand were: (from left) London Mayor Pat Closser; Melissa Canney, student support specialist; Michael Belmont, middle school principal; Dr. Lou Kramer, school district superintendent; Jana Banhagel, McDonald’s director of operations; Cara Boettner, school counselor; and McDonald’s associates, Nesa Rogers, marketing director, Tiffany Noe, supervisor, and Jennifer Flores, general manager.

(Posted March 9, 2021)

By Theresa Hennis, Staff Writer

On March 5, London McDonald’s Team Holowicki presented $1,000 to London City Schools to help fund expansion of The Raider Rack.

Melissa Canney, student support specialist, established The Raider Rack three years ago at London Elementary as a space where students can pick out new clothing, shoes, and coats donated by the community. Students are referred by teachers.

This year, to improve convenience and accessibility, Canney wanted to expand The Raider Rack’s services to locations at the middle school, high school and Fairhaven School. The donation from McDonald’s helped to make that happen.

“So many students live with single parents or grandparents, and their dollars are stretched. Not having to make an extra trip to the store is a help to them,” Canney said.

The eighth-grade female empowerment and service group, ROX (Ruling Our Experiences), sorted and set up new items donated to The Raider Rack’s middle school location.

“It’s about being cognizant of students’ needs beyond academics,” said Michael Belmont, middle school principal. “When they have a need, we can show them we care by giving them the essentials they need to get through every day. Then their academics can improve.”

Messenger photo by Theresa Hennis
Members of ROX (Ruling Our Experiences), an eighth-grade female empowerment group at London Middle School, display the $1,000 check London McDonald’s Team Holowicki donated to The Raider Rack. Pictured in front of the check are school counselor Cara Boettner (left) and student support specialist Melissa Canney (right).
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