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Teachers Across America Share in $1 Million Donation from SONIC Drive-In

Iconic franchise exemplifies what it means to be successful by giving back to teachers across the country

Investing in a SONIC® franchise is far more than an opportunity to open an iconic business in your community, it is the opportunity to join a brand that cares as much about your community as you do.

Teachers are the heart of every community, and SONIC’s philanthropic initiative, Limeades for Learning®, is devoted to helping public school teachers thrive. Recently, the program awarded a $1 million donation to public school teachers, giving nearly a thousand communities another reason to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

This year, SONIC customers participated in a month-long event called Fall Voting, where they picked their favorites from thousands of teacher projects to select the ones the initiative should fund. Limeades for Learning selected 1,900 teacher projects — supporting 945 classrooms across the country — with the winning teachers receiving additional resources, learning materials and creative supplies to help their students thrive.

“With Limeades for Learning, you don’t have to be a parent or friend of a teacher to help teachers fill their classrooms with materials that inspire the students’ creativity and learning,” says Christi Woodworth, Vice President of Public Relations for Sonic, in a statement to QSR magazine. “By searching teachers’ projects at, we can all be inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit and creative problem-solving teachers use every day to make sure their students learn.

“As we celebrate Limeades for Learning’s 10th anniversary, we are proud to have donated more than $11 million in books, instruments, science equipment, technology and more to classrooms nationwide through our partnership with We continue to support public school teachers financially and cheer them on every day as they bring learning to life for their students.”

Since 2009, SONIC has supported and celebrated public school teachers through Limeades for Learning in partnership with to provide teachers with essential materials and supplies needed for their classrooms. To date, SONIC has supported more than 26,000 classroom projects benefiting more than 795,000 students.

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SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®, is part of the Inspire Brands® family of restaurants. Inspire is a multi-brand restaurant company whose portfolio includes more than 8,300 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Sonic locations worldwide.