Sonic Drive-In, a longtime supporter of public school teachers through its philanthropic initiative Limeades for Learning, launched the third-annual #ThanksTeach social media campaign to recognize, celebrate and reward teachers throughout May in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month. All month, Sonic is sharing inspiring stories of real teachers making a difference in the classroom, and encourages others to join in and say thank you to important teachers in their lives by sharing the hashtag #ThanksTeach. To top it all off, Sonic is donating $1 million to public school teachers in Sonic markets from coast to coast.
“Everyone has a teacher who has done something—big or small—to impact their lives for the better, whether it was one of your teachers or the teacher of a child in your life,” says Christi Woodworth, vice president of public relations for Sonic. “Teachers play such a critical role in developing our children, but spend nearly $500 a year out of their own pockets to buy the supplies they need to do their jobs effectively. That’s why we started Limeades for Learning and why we’re saying #ThanksTeach by giving another $1 million to teachers for Teacher Appreciation Month.”
Throughout the month of May, Sonic will celebrate these unsung heroes across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube by sharing the stories of real public school teachers using the hashtag #ThanksTeach and encouraging others to do the same. SONIC also invites Facebook fans to Smile to Say #ThanksTeach via a Facebook augmented reality (AR) application that springs to life when the user smiles into the camera on their mobile phone, creating a video or photo that can be easily shared.
Since 2009, Sonic has supported and celebrated public school teachers through Limeades for Learning in partnership with DonorsChoose.org to provide teachers with essential materials and supplies needed for their classrooms. To date, Sonic has donated more than $9.7 million in financial grants to public school teachers, funding more than 18,983 classroom projects and benefiting more than 569,490 students. This month, Sonic is donating $1 million to public school teachers in Sonic markets who have requested to be eligible for Sonic funding.