CT McDonald's Offering Teachers, Staff Free Baked Goods, Coffee

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CONNECTICUT — McDonald’s is honoring and celebrating teachers with free bakery goods and coffee beginning Wednesday through Jan. 15.

Dubbed “Thank You Treats,” teachers and education support staff can enjoy a complimentary bakery sweet and any size coffee at participating restaurants across the state.

"To acknowledge and celebrate teachers for their tireless commitment towards students and the community, local McDonald’s in Connecticut will show our appreciation with free unlimited" bakery treats and coffee redeemable any time of day with a valid school I.D., according to a press release from the company.

"This new initiative shares McDonald’s expression of gratitude and underscores our commitment to the education community as teachers manage an unusual school year," the statement reads.

"Teachers are working harder than ever and over-extending themselves to navigate an unfolding landscape brought by the pandemic. Throughout the pandemic local McDonald’s have been committed to finding ways to continue being good neighbors and supporting its communities. Today, McDonald’s would like to say “thank you” with this small expression of our immense gratitude for their contributions to educating one student at a time."

A McDonald’s owner/operator said that "Educators are truly the backbone of our community, and we are proud to show our appreciation any way we can.”

“We are honored to support our local teachers who have overcome many challenges amid the pandemic and have continued to adapt their teaching models to educate the students in Connecticut communities,” Mark McBee said.

For many years, McDonald’s and its owner operators have been supporters of education through partnerships with local schools and Archways to Opportunity, an initiative that offers educational programs to eligible employees at participating restaurants. Archways to Opportunity provides increased access to education for nearly 55,000 people annually. Of those, 39,000 plus restaurant employees are awarded College Tuition Assistance each year.

The free treats include the restaurant's apple fritter, blueberry muffin and cinnamon roll and hot coffee.

The company said the promotion "continues its focus to help the communities we serve continue to recover since the COVID-19 pandemic began."

This article originally appeared on the Across Connecticut Patch