OKLAHOMA CITY - This month, SONIC® Drive-In donated $1.5 million to help fund local education needs through DonorsChoose, a national nonprofit that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom requests submitted by teachers.

As part of SONIC's ongoing Limeades for Learning initiative, the brand matched 50% of each donation made to teacher requests on DonorsChoose for Teacher Appreciation Day on May 3, donating a total of $1.5 million. With this donation, SONIC helped fund more than 9,000 projects from teachers across the country including a teacher in Akron,  who received a combined donation of $23.

Cathy Olson at Tippecanoe Valley Middle School received funding for the project health and hygiene for grades six through eight.

"Limeades for Learning is an initiative that SONIC holds dear, and we're proud to partner with DonorsChoose on this important work," said Lori Abou Habib, chief marketing officer of SONIC. "Drink purchases at SONIC bring joy to our guests while supporting students and teachers in the classroom."

SONIC donates a portion of drink proceeds to support local public schools through Limeades for Learning, in partnership with education nonprofit DonorsChoose. SONIC has donated more than $20 million to directly fund local education programs since 2009.

For those wishing to make an additional donation to a classroom project in their local community, visit DonorsChoose.org and donate to one or more of the thousands of public school teacher requests seeking support to provide students with educational resources.