Southwest teachers receive $725 from Sonic Drive-In

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Chain helps fund teacher’s projects for Teacher Appreciation Month

Four teachers with the Southwest School District in Washburn recently received a combined donation of $725 from national restaurant chain Sonic Drive-In. The donation was made on Teacher Appreciation Day Tuesday, May 4 through Sonic’s Limeades for Learning initiative, which donated $1.5 million to help fund more than 7,000 teacher requests for critical resources made on the national education nonprofit site DonorsChoose.org.

The four Southwest teachers are: Brooke Thiesen, from Southwest High School, for the project “Making a Mark Through the Searing Touch of Creativity,” which seeks to provide art students with wood burning kits to use in a study about contour lines; Jessica Naugle, from Southwest Elementary School, for the project “Let’s Clean This Mess,” which seeks cleaning supplies meant to combat messes that have arisen as a result of forcing students to eat breakfast in the classroom in the time of COVID; Sarah Ulmer, from Southwest Elementary School, for the project “Carpet, Comfort, and Healthy Conversations,” which seeks to add a rug to the classroom to be used as flexible seating or as a place to listen to stories; and Makenzie Harp, from Southwest Elementary School, for the project “Making Learning Fun,” which seeks to provide students with quality headphones to be used for online learning.

On Teacher Appreciation Day, Sonic Drive-In matched 50 percent of each donation made to all teacher requests on DonorsChoose.

"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. With Sonic’s $1.5 million donation match, we were able to help teachers access much-need supplies to successfully complete this school year."

Through Limeades for Learning, Sonic has donated more than $19 million to public school teachers, helping more than 36,000 teachers and impacting nearly 7.4 million students in public schools nationwide since 2009.