America’s drive-In expressed its appreciation for teachers across the country during Teacher Appreciation Month by donating $1.5 million to requests for learning supplies.

To honor the creative efforts teachers have made to maneuver their ever-shifting learning environments and keep students engaged this past year, SONIC, working with the education nonprofit website DonorsChoose, supported educators’ requests for critical resources through its Limeades for Learning initiative. The $1.5 million donation helped fund more than 7,000 teacher requests across the country.

“Teachers took this past year head-on, engineering a variety of innovative methods to keep their students learning in both in-person and virtual classrooms,” said Lori Abou Habib, chief marketing officer for SONIC. “We express our gratitude to teachers like these, who create inspirational learning environments for students during a challenging time.”

SONIC matched 50% of each donation made to all teacher requests on DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day, May 4.

In Asheville, five teachers from four schools received a combined donation of $510: Vickie Blankenship at Asheville Primary School for Books That Teach Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety; Ms. Lombardo at Hillcrest Head Start Center for Outdoor Storage Shed; Mrs. Payne at West Buncombe Elementary School for Help! We Need a Shelf!; Ms. Skroski at West Buncombe Elementary School for Forgiveness for Students and Families; Mrs. Lunsford at Woodfin Elementary School for Award Winning Books for our Media Center: Part 1, as well as for Award Winning Books for Our Media Center: Part 2.

In Brevard, one teacher from one school received a combined donation of $144: Ms. Moore at Brevard Elementary School for Welcome to Summer Camp! and Books for The Summer.

In Candler, two teachers from two schools received a combined donation of $632: Mrs. Eldridge at Candler Elementary School for Reading and Writing Readiness; and Mrs. Dover at Enka Intermediate School for EOG Powerstrips.

In Flat Rock, two teachers from one school received a combined donation of $150; Mrs. Fiveash at Upward Elementary School for School Supplies Needed!; and Ms. Freeman at Upward Elementary School for Creating Communication Requires Tools!

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