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UISD Presents Check to Ronald McDonald House Charities

Posted Date: 01/19/2023

UISD Presents Check to Ronald McDonald House Charities

Over 15 thousand dollars were raised over the course of two weeks by several United

Independent School District elementary schools to benefit the Ronald McDonald House

Charities of San Antonio. Over the last 12 years, this organization has partnered with United

ISD to help families with temporary housing, while their child is being medically treated in area

hospitals. It all started with one teacher’s mission to help the organization that once helped her

loved ones and has helped countless Laredoan families. UISD teacher Elsa Trejo began the

initiative by collecting aluminum tabs at her campus and exchanging them for cash at the local

recycle center. All proceeds were donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San

Antonio. Later on, she partnered with President of McDonald’s of Laredo, Mike Marasco to

collect donations at several elementary schools. Over the years, the fundraiser grew to

become a district wide initiative where many students and families participated. 


“It is very important to me because my family used the Ronald McDonald House Charities

when my nephew was diagnosed with cancer. I stayed there one night and I saw how they

helped us, so I wanted to do something in return and get the community involved,” said Elsa



Just over the last four years, UISD has collectively raised over 60,000 dollars for the non-profit

organization. Last year  $15,765.64 were collected between November 7th through the 18th by

fourteen elementary schools, and today the check was presented to the Director of the Ronald

McDonald House Charities of San Antonio, Travis Pearson. The participating schools were the

following: Freedom Elementary, Clark Elementary, Colonel Santos Elementary, Amparo

Gutierrez Elementary, Trautmann Elementary, Veterans Memorial Elementary, Ardnt

Elementary, Cuellar Elementary, Matias de Llano Elementary, Borchers Elementary, Prada

Elementary, Roberto Santos Elementary, Centeno Elementary and Malakoff Elementary. 

As an incentive McDonald’s of Laredo will be hosting a Happy Meal party at each campus for

the class that collected the most donations. 


The Ronald Mcdonald House Charities of San Antonio services the San Antonio and

surrounding areas by providing temporary housing at no cost. This service is offered to families

who have to stay for prolonged periods due to a child’s medical treatment. They have 16 rooms

located inside the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, and several houses located in the South

Texas Medical Center area. According to the Director of the RMHC, Travis Pearson, in the last

2 years approximately 70 families from Laredo were helped, saving them a total of at least half a million dollars in lodging expenses.     

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