Before I continue with the article, can I ask one question? Can we all agree that there is just something different about a fountain Coke from McDonald's than from anywhere else? If I can quote the young people - it hits different, right?

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Okay, now that we've established that, let me tell you what dozens of local McDonald's restaurants are doing over the next couple of weeks. In recognition of National Teacher Appreciation Day (on May 3rd), over 100 McDonald's restaurants are offering a FREE (any size) beverage of their choice to area teachers from May 2-13. I realize the headline of this article says Southern Indiana, but the fact is this offer is also available in Illinois, Kentucky, and even Missouri.

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Why Is McDonald's Giving Away FREE Drinks?

I'll answer that question with my own question - why the heck NOT? I know a whole bunch of teachers - I even married one - and if there is anybody that deserves something free, it's them. Teachers are criminally underpaid, then on top of that, they often have to buy their own supplies and other classroom necessities. Teachers do it because they love kids and they love having a positive impact on their lives.


How Do I Get My FREE Drink?

All you have to do is swing by a participating McDonald's location (keep in mind that some hours may vary), hit the drive-thru, order your drink (no other purchase is necessary), show them your valid educator ID, and that drink is on the house.

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Participating Locations

As I mentioned before, there are literally more than 100 different McDonald's locations that are participating in this offer. You should be good to go at just about any McDonald's in Southern Indiana, Western Kentucky, Southeastern Illinois, and even parts of Missouri.

Do You Remember These Vintage McDonald's Glasses?

Long before we had the luxury of finding collectibles on the internet, we had to remember to get to our local McDonald's every week to get the next collectible glass. Yes, back in the late 70s and into the 1990s, McDonald's offered some really cool glasses. Here's a look at some of them that I found on eBay.

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