Industry News | June 7, 2017

Sonic Donates $1 Million to Public School Teacher Projects

Sonic Drive-In announced the impact of its second #ThanksTeach campaign in partnership with Julianne Hough during Teacher Appreciation Month. The campaign funds essential learning and innovative teaching resources requested by public school teachers across the country. Sonic donated $1 million to DonorsChoose.org through its Limeades for Learning initiative and asked consumers to share or incorporate #ThanksTeach on social media posts during the month of May.

During Teacher Appreciation Month, Sonic funded projects in 749 cities including Denver, Colorado, Las Vegas, Lubbock, Texas, Panama City, Florida, Omaha, Nebraska, and many more. Sonic also provided first-time funding for 1,166 teachers who had never received funding from DonorsChoose.org with requests such as student dry erase boards, yoga mats, Spanish and English dictionaries and musical instruments.

“For the second straight year, we’ve seen guests share #ThanksTeach and express gratitude for the difference teachers have made in their lives,” says Christi Woodworth, vice president of public relations for Sonic. “Teachers are too often the unsung heroes of our communities and our goal with #ThanksTeach is to publicly recognize the leadership and sacrifices teachers make every day in their classrooms. At a time when funding for public education is reduced in many states and communities, Limeades for Learning is SONIC’s way to help; our hope is that our guests continue to support teachers in their communities.”

As a supporter of public school teachers and their students since 2009, Sonic Drive-In continues its pledge to put $15 million into public school classrooms by 2021 through Limeades for Learning. In partnership with DonorsChoose.org, the national award-winning cause marketing campaign has funded more than 14,000 classroom projects providing necessary learning materials and teaching resources requested by teachers that support more than 419,000 students.

"We appreciate the tremendous donations that Sonic’s Limeades for Learning program and the #ThanksTeach campaign have made to teachers across the country who go above and beyond for their students," says Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. "Our partnership with Sonic continues to inspire people to make a difference in education across the country, ensuring teachers and their students have the learning materials they need for a brighter future."

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