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Next week, an American fast food chain is showing their appreciation for educators across Canada with some free hot beverages.

On October 5, otherwise known as ‘World Teachers’ Day’, teachers and education support staff can stop by participating McDonald’s Canada locations to grab their free medium Premium Roast McCafé coffee or tea.

According to a statement from the company, the initiative is a move to acknowledge educators who have worked tirelessly to create a welcoming environment for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the pandemic, public appreciation for teachers and education support staff has never been greater and during extraordinary times like this, we know a little appreciation can go a really long way,” says Catherine Crozier, Head of McCafé Strategy, Marketing and Brand Innovation.

“The offer for a free McCafé coffee or tea for teachers on World Teachers’ Day is a small expression of our immense gratitude for our education community across the country working tirelessly to keep our kids learning during this very difficult time.”

Thus far during the pandemic, the fast food chain has donated over 325,000 pounds of food to charities and food banks and over 2.7 million free coffees to frontline workers.

In May 2020, a portion of every sale of McDonalds fries was donated the Canadian Red Cross, raising $1.1 million for the organization in two weeks.