Galion high school competing for a McDonald’s Activity Grant

GALION — Schools across Central Ohio continue to face the challenges that come with decreased funding, which in many school systems means that after school extracurricular activities must be discontinued, or that students must pay-to-play.

As a way to help offset the high costs of sponsoring athletic teams, Galion High School is competing in the McDonald’s High School Team Challenge, an online bracket-style competition that invites high schools throughout Central Ohio to compete for one of six McDonald’s Activities Grants.

The contest, now in its fifth year, is open to all high schools in Central Ohio. Last year, McDonald’s increased the chances for schools to win by adding activities grants for second and third place winners. Again this year, the two high schools with the most votes will receive $10,000 grants, the two second place schools will receive $5,000 grants, and the two third place schools will receive $2,500 grants. Last year, $10,000 activities grants were awarded to Hilliard Davidson and Waverly High Schools.

“The Central Ohio McDonald’s co-op is proud to commit to this program’s success for the fifth year,” said Scott Nickell, McDonald’s owner/operator and co-op president. “Extracurricular activities have been consistently proven to have positive impacts on high school students both inside and outside of the classroom. We at McDonald’s are committed to being partners and stewards of the youth in our cities, and are excited to contribute to their growth and success.”

Schools are grouped into two brackets based on the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s (OHSAA) divisional breakdown, with Divisions I-III in one bracket and Divisions IV-VII in the other. Voting will consist of three rounds – round one (three weeks), round two (two weeks) and the final round (one week). The top three schools in each bracket with the most votes at the end of the contest will win a $10,000, $5,000 or $2,500 McDonald’s activities grant. All schools that make it to the final round will be awarded a grant. The contest runs through Oct. 28.

To vote for Galion High School or find more information on the contest, go to The High School Team Challenge is presented by McDonald’s restaurants of Central Ohio and NBC 4.

Staff report