Arlington Heights| St. Thomas Of Villanova School students gave teachers an A-plus on their fundraising efforts to support the Schools McTeacher’s Night.

Several teachers volunteered behind the counter on Wednesday, February 27th at the Arlington Heights McDonald’s located on Dundee Road. The teachers worked hard to serve students and their families in a fundraiser for St. Thomas of Villanova School.

Mrs. Mary Brinkman, Principal of St. Thomas of Villanova, volunteered to work this event even though it was her birthday. The children, families, and staff celebrated by singing Happy Birthday to her during the event.  

Teacher Leanna Kotlarz wore the pie box during the event alongside pie sellers Meghan Flakenberg and Lori Smithe. They all did a great job.

The proceeds from the 85 pies went directly to benefit St. Thomas of Villanova School. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the McTeacher’s Night sales were donated directly to the school as well.


David Bear, Owner- Operator of the Arlington Heights McDonald’s on Dundee Road, was delighted to participate in the worthy cause for education and the community.

“McTeacher’s Night is part of McDonald’s larger commitment to education and other important initiatives supporting families and the local community,” David said.

“We are proud to serve the families of the St. Thomas of Villanova community through the McTeacher’s Night event,” Bear continued. “In addition to helping provide financial support for our local schools, we help students feel connected to their school, their teachers and their sense of community.”

“Principal Brinkman and all the teachers who rolled up their sleeves in support of this event are the fabrics that strengthen our community,” Bear said.

For more information on St. Thomas of Villanova School please visit their website at

The McTeacher’s Night was courtesy of The Bear Family Restaurants and McDonald’s Owner-Operator, David Bear. Like us on Facebook and visit our Bear Website.

For more information about events provided by the Arlington Heights McDonald’s, Community Relations Manager Melissa Thorsen at