McDowner: Teachers night not so great after all

Jack Latta jlatta@civitasmedia.com

October 4, 2013

PRESTONSBURG — A reported windfall by Prestonsburg Elementary School was short lived this week, after McDonalds of Eastern Kentucky told The Floyd County Times that the school’s success during McTeacher night was grossly exaggerated.

According to McDonald’s officials, Prestonsburg Elementary School earned $592.51 as a portion of the restaurant’s sales during the event and $367 in tips and other donations. The total raised by the school was $959.51 — substantially less than the $9,500 which was reported on Wednesday.

Times Staff spoke with PES Principal Brent Rose on Tuesday and were told then of the original figures. However, it appears, for now at least, that school officials misunderstood the information that was passed along by McDonald’s of Eastern Kentucky public relations officer Jennifer Cantrell.

Cantrell said she did not give school officials the original numbers, and that school officials misunderstood her statements. Cantrell says that several office workers were present when she told the school the actual figures.

“I would never lead them to believe they had made that much money,” Cantrell said Thursday afternoon.

McDonald’s of East Kentucky Administrator Lora Suttles also states that, while the restaurant remained busy with teachers, staff and patrons visiting to support Prestonsburg Elementary, it did not run out of supplies, as was reported to The Times by school officials.

Suttles also said the reported restaurant sales figure of $30,000 is incorrect, and that McDonald’s does not disclose individual restaurant sales figures.

For more information on scheduling this event for your school, please visit your local McDonald’s and ask to speak to a manager about McTeacher’s Night.