Rising Sun High School and Cecil County Public School officials accepted a $10,000 donation from McDonalds on Friday in recognition of English teacher Rhonda Holmes-Blankenship’s 2013 Maryland Teacher of the Year title.

Blankenship was also named a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year title last month.

Rising Sun High School Principal Anne Gellrich announced at a student pep rally on Friday afternoon that an elected committee decided the $10,000 donation would benefit the student broadcast department, which films announcements and interviews for viewing every morning.

Chris Mann, a franchisee owner of four Baltimore County McDonalds, said it was a thrill to present the school with the donation on Friday. McDonalds has partnered with the Maryland State Department of Education on the teacher of the year program for over 25 years.

“I think it’s a really nice to recognize the excellence happening in Maryland schools just like Rising Sun High,” Mann said. “To have a national finalist is an affirming recognition of Rhonda Holmes-Blankenship’s accomplishments and a great indication of Maryland schools as a whole.”

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