**NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: A list of participating counties is at the end of this news release. For a pdf of the trayliners, click here.

McDonald’s restaurants in 72 counties are joining forces to encourage GED® attainment with in-store promotions funded by the restaurant owners.

Beginning this week, customers at restaurants represented by McDonald’s of Central and Southeastern Kentucky, Paducah Co-op, Tri-State Co-op, Louisville Co-op and Tri-Cities Co-op will see trayliners featuring a message encouraging the attainment of a GED® diploma. The campaign is an extension of ongoing efforts to raise the educational attainment of adults by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education.

McDonald’s restaurant owner/operators have partnered with Kentucky Adult Education for the seventh consecutive year to promote GED® attainment. The campaign was initiated by Joe Graviss, a Central Kentucky owner operator and a member of the Council on Postsecondary Education, which oversees Kentucky Adult Education. The project began in three of his restaurants in Franklin and Woodford County and has grown to 72 counties through his leadership.

Reecie D. Stagnolia, vice president for Kentucky Adult Education, said private sector partners are key to emphasizing the value of education.

“As adult educators work to help prepare more Kentuckians for college and careers, public awareness is very important. Our partnership with McDonald’s provides us with an opportunity to reach thousands of Kentuckians with a vital message about the importance of education,” he said. “McDonald’s owner operators are to be commended for supporting adult education in their communities.”

This ongoing partnership reflects McDonald’s commitment to support the local communities they serve, according to Graviss of the McDonald’s of Central and Southeastern Kentucky cooperative.

“We see firsthand the importance of education in our businesses and know that KYAE’s efforts will have a far-reaching impact on communities throughout our Commonwealth,” he said.

Adult education centers provide free GED® instruction, college-readiness services, English as a second language classes and literacy services. To find the center in your county, call Kentucky Adult Education at 1-800-928-7323 or visit http://www.knowhow2goky.org.

McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. For more information on McDonald's visit http://www.mcdonalds.com.


Central and Southeastern Kentucky
Adair, Anderson, Bath, Bourbon, Boyle, Breathitt, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Knox, Laurel, Lincoln, Madison, McCreary, Mercer, Metcalfe, Montgomery, Pendleton, Powell, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Scott, Wayne, Whitley and Woodford

Paducah Co-op
Caldwell, Calloway, Crittenden, Graves, Lyon, Marshall and McCracken

Tri-State Co-op
Elliott, Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence, Magoffin, Martin, Morgan and Pike

Louisville Co-op
Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Carroll, Grayson, Green, Hart, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Taylor and Washington

Tri-Cities Co-op
Bell, Harlan, Letcher and Perry


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