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ATC Tech Design Class receives $500

ATC Teacher Marsha Bertram and several of her students accepted the $500 check to be used for supplies

Snoopy lithophane ornament

Snoopy lithophane ornament

Red lithophane ornament

Red lithophane ornament

Red and Green lithophane ornaments

Lighted Red and Green lithophane ornaments 

Received oversize check

ATC Computer Science Tech Design Teacher Marsha Bertram and her students (l-r:) Matthew McGinnis, Brooklyn Dishman, and Ridge Turpin were happy to share in the award grant festivities.

(L-R) Junior Matthew McGinnis and Senior Ridge Turpin show off T-shirt designs

(L-R) Junior Matthew McGinnis and Senior Ridge Turpin show off T-shirt designs

Brooklyn Dishman placing 3D photo ornament on Xmas Tree

ATC student Brooklyn Dishman placed a 3D photo ornament on Xmas Tree in Computer Science lab. The ornaments were made on the 3D printer and are for sale. 

Oversized Check

Oversized Check from McDonald's to Wayne County class 



Award given to help teachers with classroom activities


 McDonald’s restaurants across Kentucky are supporting teachers by presenting a series of MAC Grants this fall. Each $500 MAC Grant is designed to help local teachers return to the classroom in a safe, engaging way.

Recently, local McDonald’s Owner/Operators Randy and Bethany Baird presented a $500 check virtually to Marsha Bertram, a teacher at Wayne County Area Technology Center (ATC) in Monticello. Bertram will use the $500 to help students in her Tech Design class. The students are using unique technology to support their small business.

Earlier this year while the Tech Design Class at Wayne County ATC  was eating lunch in the room, Computer Science Teacher Marsha Bertram opened an email at her desk from Principal Steve Thompson to all teachers. The email encouraged teachers to apply for the KyMacGrant sponsored by McDonald’s Owner/Operators of Greater Louisville and Lexington, KY and Southern Indiana.

The grant proposal indicated that technology and business were two areas of focus for the grant money.  “Since Tech Design is a class that combines these two skills it was a perfect fit. I asked the students if they would be interested in applying for the grant and after they agreed, we wrote the grant proposal while we were eating lunch.”   One of the big costs associated with the class is supplies to keep producing products.    We knew we were going to be producing lamps which requires white PLA filament.   We also knew we would need more ink for the sublimation printer.  With the remainder of the grant appropriation, we requested funds to buy shirts to sublimate. 

The students gave feedback as the teacher filled in the grant proposal and the email was sent. After several weeks of waiting, they received a phone call that Tech Design was a recipient of the $500 grant.  While this may not seem like a huge amount, it is a welcome infusion into a class where the students run a business to design and produce products and sell them in order to afford the supplies to create more products.  The students are also responsible for maintaining a website.  They price products according to the amount of the supplies and the amount of skill required for production.    

While the students can run a deficit if necessary during the school year, the cardinal rule of the class is that the account must show a profit when the school year ends.

Senior Brooklyn Dishman said she is glad they took the grant writing project on because it stretched her skill set. Plus, they will use the grant to buy needed supplies for their tech design class.

The tech design class has mastered 3D printing, as well as poster making and using various other pieces of equipment. Their goal is to design innovative products as entrepreneurs.

They have produced everything from fidget puzzle pieces to personalized lamps to printed t-shirts. Currently, they are busy producing ornaments with photos on them. Their products can be customized and are endlessly imaginable. They use sublimation techniques to bond ink into polyester when making t-shirts, for example. Next, they are taking sublimation in another direction by bonding to a board, creating a unique recipe cutting board.

Bertram and her students are thankful for the support everyone has given them through their lamp orders. The deadline has passed to order these for Christmas.  Each lamp shade takes approximately 11 hours just to print.

They encourage customers to visit their website to see what is available as it will likely change as they add new products.  The latest release is the lithophane Christmas ornament.  These are a 4” square ornament that will hold one lithophane photo.  They are selling those for $5 each. They are available in shiny red or green.

They are also developing stocking stuffers that will be available for $1 each.  These would be small fidgets, small puzzles, and small articulated (free moving) animals. You can see these on the website as they are produced. 

They are decorating a tree in their upstairs Area Technology Center lab with ornaments that can be purchased off the tree. They also have some ornament personalization available – see the website.

“Spoiler – we are working on some sublimated ornaments that may be available soon, as well as a sublimation cutting board for handwritten family recipes complete with pictures.  This will also be added to the website, if all the preliminary work goes well,” explained Bertram.

“Do you have ideas for us? Challenge the class if you want to see if we can create something for you.  We will tell you if we can and will tell you how much it might cost.   A current challenge given to us is a Cardinal basketball lithophane lamp shade.  If it is a success, we will add it to the website.  It came about as a customer request,” reported Bertram.

The Tech Design Website can be found on the Wayne County Web page under the Staff tab.   Or you can use this link:

It takes a lot of supply materials to fill these orders, so the tech design class will put the grant to good use.    

MAC Grants are designed to provide educators with the resources they need to create new and exciting learning experiences for their students. This sentiment rings especially true this year as teachers everywhere continue to adapt to all the challenges faced in education. We hope this MAC Grant will allow for some unique projects and/or enhanced classroom experiences for students.

McDonald’s owner/operators are recognized in many communities throughout the country for entrepreneurship and their commitment to our local schools and communities. In an effort to continue that commitment, McDonald’s owner/operators in Kentucky will provide approximately 50 individual teachers with MAC Grants with the goal of helping build important personal career or business skills for students.

For decades, working at McDonald’s has offered restaurant employees the chance to learn transferable skills on the job such as teamwork, customer service, accountability, and communication in a collaborative environment with the schedule flexibility to meet their needs.

Students and those looking to continue their schooling or return to school can also enroll in McDonald’s signature education and career advising program Archways to Opportunity. The program provides eligible employees at participating restaurants an opportunity to earn college tuition assistance, a high school diploma, access free education and career advising services and learn English as a second language.  So far in 2021, local McDonald’s restaurants have provided more than $190,000 in tuition assistance to help employees continue their education.

Job seekers can visit or text APPLY to 36453 to learn more and apply to a restaurant near them. They can also start a job application by saying, “Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald’s” to any Alexa device or saying “Google, help me get a job at McDonald’s” to any device with the Google Assistant built in. Potential applicants will receive a text message shortly thereafter with a link to continue their application process.

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