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Laura Berrelez, a teacher at Pearsall Junior High School, was among the nationwide recipients of Sonic Drive-In’s foundation matching donation in supporting of Teacher Appreciation Month in May.
The foundation contributed matching funds to all public contributions made to requests on 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 $1.5 million donation matched 50 percent of each donation made to all teacher requests. Sonic helped fully fund nearly 15,300 projects from teachers and schools across the country.
Berrelez received a combined donation of $76 from Sonic for her project Bibliophiles Pt. 3 for students in grades six to eight.
Counselor Cassie Brown at Devine Intermediate School received a donation of $50 for her project A Little Spot of Understanding for students in the third through fifth grades.
The SONIC Limeades for Learning initiative donates a portion of proceeds from every drink, slush and shake purchase to the SOfoundation, which is used to support local public education.
Donations can be made at DonorsChoose, where thousands of public school teachers make requests seeking support to provide students with educational resources.