McDonald’s support for BCPS Teacher of Year helps Patapsco’s robotics program


With a thumbs up from Ronald McDonald and the presentation of a $10,000 check to BCPS and Maryland Teacher of the Year Sean McComb, two academic programs at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts got a big boost during a special ceremony on Wednesday.

The programs – both the “Patapsco Punishers” robotics team and the school’s AVID program – were the beneficiaries of the check, which McComb donated to both groups. McComb, who is also one of four finalists for 2014 National Teacher of the Year honors, thanked Rod Mann and his Maryland McDonald’s franchisees for their support of the state Teacher of the Year program and the $10,000 check.

Joining McComb at Patapsco on Wednesday were BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance, Maryland State Department of Education Teacher of the Year Coordinator Dr. Darla Strouse, and Patapsco Principal Craig Reed. Several of the guests, including Dr. Dance, tried their hands at steering and learning about the robotics used in competition by the Patapsco team.

McDonald’s restaurants have been longtime sponsors of the state Teacher of the Year program.

McComb has been an AVID teacher at Patapsco and works with the robotics team. He said the robotics team would receive about $8,000 of the McDonald’s donation, while the AVID program would receive about $2,000. AVID, which stands for Advancement via Individual Determination, targets students who are in the middle, underachievers, or who have limited exposure to college readiness information and competencies.


Spotlight by Charles Herndon, BCPS communications specialist
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