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Thank you McDonalds

In the last week of term, Preston Manor School was visited by staff from McDonalds in Wembley Park.  They came to the school as part of a project called ‘Love Where You Live’. The project is part of a campaign that the company initiated to demonstrate the pride it takes as a business in their restaurants and the communities which they serve.

All McDonalds’ branches are encouraged to work with their local stakeholders to build strong relationships. The ‘Love Where you Live’ campaign has been running for six years now. Previously, the restaurant have undertaken a few projects around litter picking, where they have liaised with the local police and a local football team picking up litter around parks and on the street. This year they wanted to do something different and Rajeena Gurung, Manager of the Wembley Park branch, approached Preston Manor School about working on a project together.  A gardening project to restore an area in need of some care and attention was agreed upon. 

Early on Tuesday morning, 19 July, professional landscapers, accompanied by more than a dozen McDonalds’ staff arrived and worked alongside a dozen students from Years 10 and 7.  Despite the hot temperatures, they transformed two areas of the site, to include an area designed several years ago in response to bee colony collapse.  Lots of indigenous bee friendly plants were planted on the day as well as several trees.  Even the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Parvez Ahmed joined us for part of the day, planting a bee friendly lavender plant. 

The project transformed an area which is now greatly admired by all who pass it.  It was also an opportunity for staff from McDonalds to come out from behind the counter, and for students to come out from behind their desks and work together towards a common goal. Together, they succeeded in doing this.  Thank you again McDonalds.