I received gift cards for SONIC and DonorsChoose in exchange for sharing this information. Please note that, as always, any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.
Can you imagine a world without teachers? I can’t. Teachers are faced with the challenge of doing what they can to shape the future of students, and therefore by extension communities and the country. I have known more than a few teachers in my life. My mom was a public school teacher for more than 35 years. She gave a lot of her time and energy to those kids because she loved teaching. I didn’t realize back then that teachers often spend a lot of their own money to ensure that students have supplies that they really need to be successful.
One recent statistic says that every year, teachers spend about $500 of their own money on basic school supplies to help improve classroom experiences for their students. Kids shouldn’t have to do without essentials that they need to learn. Teachers don’t make millions and shouldn’t have to spend a portion of what hard-earned money they do make in order for kids to learn. SONIC Drive-In recognized the problem and took steps to make a difference and work towards solving it.
In 2009 SONIC launched Limeades for Learning® in partnership with DonorsChoose.org. Limeades for Learning is a national award-winning initiative to support U.S. public school teachers in local communities. Since the launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $9.5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. With the help and support of fans like you and I, SONIC’s total contribution to local public school classrooms will exceed $20 million by the year 2021.
There’s still time in 2018 to make a difference. Over the next few months there are three periods in which SONIC makes $1 million donations to public schools:
- During the Fall Voting Campaign, which typically runs from late September through October
- Throughout the months of January through April during a series of surprise funding events in cities across the country – as an example, today SONIC funded 75 teacher projects from across the country in honor of National Handwriting Day
- Throughout the month of May during #ThanksTeach, a social media campaign encouraging consumers to thank their favorite teachers during Teacher Appreciation Month
It’s easy for public school teachers to submit a project. To do this the teacher will need to log into DonorsChoose.org and launch a campaign. They’ll need to provide some basic information about the campaign, and notate that they’re a SONIC Teacher. From September 25 to October 22 SONIC funds projects with the top votes. As you can see participation from folks like you and I can easily make a difference, not only through our donations but through our votes!
The DonorsChoose platform is easy to use. You can search for teacher projects that include keywords that have meaning to you or you could choose projects at a school in your area or an area that has a place in your heart. Those are just two of the ways you can find projects to donate to.
Some of the teacher projects currently available that spoke to me are:
Learning Language Through Books – Books and speech therapy materials related to the readings.
Social Skills For Success – Books and activities to learn and practice social skills and rules.
Botley: Special Needs in the 21st Century – Botley Coding Robot Kits to learn STEM and coding skills.
I really appreciated the ability to search through projects to see which projects resonated with me, which projects needed a little more help, and which projects were relatively near me. I love knowing that by going to SONIC Drive-In for some banging ribs or a tasty shake that I’m helping them help teachers, who in turn help our children. So you can see how SONIC’s Limeades For Learning benefits everyone.
For more information on SONIC’s Limeades for Learning program visit www.LimeadesforLearning.com.
Do you know any teachers that spend money out of pocket to help their students?
ONE (1) winners will receive a $200 DonorsChoose gift card and A $50 SONIC gift card of their own so they can get involved in the Limeades for Learning donation fun!
HOW TO ENTER.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools widget below. The winner will be selected by the Giveaway Tools widget. If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that you must complete the mandatory required entry, and that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. No PO Boxes. Good luck to everyone!