A Paulding schools’ social worker has received $10,000 for a program she organized to help students while they are away from school on the weekends.

The Greater Atlanta McDonald’s Owner/Operators recently gave Paulding schools’ social worker Kim Cayetano a $10,000 grant for her program that provides backpacks filled with food to some county students in need.

Vicki Chancellor of Greater Atlanta McDonald's Owner/Operators said, "Kim's submission warmed our hearts, and we are honored to fund the $10,000 Golden Grant that will provide meals for Paulding County School District students through the Weekend Food Backpack Program.” 

Before receiving the money, school officials said Cayetano believed she was traveling to the Ponce de Leon Avenue restaurant in Atlanta for a grant application interview.

McDonald’s officials then surprised Cayetano with the check from their Golden Grants program.

Cayetano applied for a grant to provide food backpacks for needy students at all Paulding County schools, the release stated.

The backpacks provide food that needy students take home on the weekends and, in many cases, provides vital nutrition, including “the high school-aged students who may be ashamed of being hungry and needy and are reticent to speak up,” a school district Facebook posting stated.

More than 600 students take advantage of the food backpack program in Paulding County, the district stated.

Cayetano started as a teacher with the Paulding County School District and has worked in the system for more than 20 years. She is the district's only social worker.

Golden Grants is funded by local McDonald's owner/operators. It is an Atlanta-exclusive grant program that launched in September as a resource for teachers and other individuals who are committed to fueling and inspiring kindergarten through 12th grade student learning, a news release stated.

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