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SONIC Drive-In thanks Norfolk teachers with $1,373 donation to aid distance learning

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Posted at 3:58 PM, May 29, 2020

NORFOLK, Va. – Even with students out of the classroom amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there's still a need for education. Thanks to one national restaurant chain, more than a dozen local teachers received funding for their efforts to keep their students engaged during this difficult time.

To recognize the entrepreneurial spirit driving teachers to meet their students' distance learning needs during this difficult time, SONIC® Drive-In matched all donations to DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day, giving 14 teachers in Norfolk for a total donation of $1,373.

Through Limeades for Learning®, SONIC donated $1 million to public school teacher requests across the country on Teacher Appreciation Day on May 5, supporting their endeavors to provide students with essential education resources.

In Norfolk, exceptional teachers at nine schools were among those whose projects received funding. They include:

"Teachers across the country face new and complex challenges to keep their students learning right now," said Christi Woodworth, Vice President for Public Relations for SONIC. "As we continue to celebrate teachers this Teacher Appreciation Month, we sincerely thank educators like those in Norfolk, who are creatively keeping their students learning even as schools are closed. With SONIC's $1 million donation match, we were able to help teachers obtain resources for their students and will continue to empower them throughout the year."

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SONIC is committed to helping teachers not only in this time of need but all year long. Through Limeades for Learning, SONIC has donated $16.6 million to public school teachers, helping more than 21,000 teachers and impacting more than 5.4 million students in public schools nationwide since 2009. Click here to learn about future funding opportunities and explore public school teacher requests in the Norfolk community in need of support.

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