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Oak Glen Elementary partners with Lansing McDonald’s for ‘McTeacher’s Night’

LANSING, Ill. (October 10, 2023) – Oak Glen Elementary school and the Lansing McDonald’s partnered in mid-September to present “McTeacher’s Night.” Twenty-two teachers and staff from the school worked at McDonald’s to sell Apple Pies.

Oak Glen Principal Michael Earnshaw said the night was a success, and said, “We had staff members walking around with a tray all night asking if anyone would like to buy [an apple pie].”

Bridgett Annicks from Oak Glen Elementary donned an Apple Pie costume for the event. (Photo provided)
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Kaitlyn Surges, Jean Fry, Anais Villalpando, and Spencer White are pictured in the drive-thru window of the Lansing McDonald’s. (Photo provided)

According to District 158 Superintendent Nathan Schilling, Oak Glen teachers and staff sold 512 pies throughout the event, totaling $1,100 — all of which of which goes to the school.

Lansing McDonald’s owner Jose Gutierrez helped make the event happen, and was present throughout the night to assist. Also present at the event was Sgt. Dana Tatgenhorst from the Lansing Police Department.

Earnshaw said, “The money is going to be used to fund initiatives that will positively impact Oak Glen students.”

He also said the partnership between Oak Glen and McDonald’s was a first, but “it definitely won’t be the last.”

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From left: Lansing McDonald’s owner Jose Guiterrez talks with Jeannie Fry and Spencer White of Oak Glen. (Photo provided)
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From left: Sgt. Dana Tatgenhorst, Melissa Cabrales, Michelle Kmetz, Kaitlin Surges, Anais Villalpando, Cheryl Barbaro, Spencer White, Maria Kubik, and Lansing McDonald’s owner Jose Guiterrez. (Photo provided)

McDonald’s is located at 17810 Torrence Avenue in Lansing. Oak Glen Elementary is located at 2101 182nd Street in Lansing.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


  1. A couple questions came to mind: Did McDonalds donate the pies and more specifically did this franchise owner donate the pies?
    What does, “The money is going to be used to fund initiatives that will positively impact Oak Glen students” mean, specifically?
    Thank you Lansing Journal (Josh Bootsma and Melanie Jongsma) for the Lansing Journal!

    • Hi Esther, thanks for your readership. I’m not sure exactly what entity donated what, but the pies sold by Oak Glen staff at this event were all supplied by the Lansing McDonald’s, and 100% of the proceeds went to the school. As for the planned use of the funds, the statement quoted was the full extent of Oak Glen Principal Mike Earnshaw’s response to what purpose the funds had.

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