SONIC Drive-In donates to Highland teacher

Staff Report

SPARTA — To honor the creative efforts teachers have made to maneuver their ever-shifting learning environments and keep students engaged this past year, SONIC Drive-In donated $1.5 million to teacher requests on national education nonprofit site DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day, May 4.

As part of SONIC’s ongoing Limeades for Learning initiative, the $1.5 million donation helped fund more than 7,000 teacher requests across the country in need of critical resources, including a teacher in Morrow County, who received a combined donation of $1,599.

On Teacher Appreciation Day, the brand matched 50 percent of each donation made to all teacher requests on DonorsChoose. The following exceptional teacher received funding: First grade teacher Amy Hoyng at Highland Elementary School for the project “Furniture Help!”

She posted: “Thank you so much for your donation. We have been funded. This is going to have a huge impact on making our classroom feel like home and like a family. My kiddos are so excited to use our new flexible seating! Here’s to having a great year with our school family. With gratitude, Mrs. Hoyng.”

“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 these teachers, 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.”

Visit to learn about future funding opportunities and explore public school teacher requests in the Marengo community in need of support.

Staff Report