Howeth earns classroom funds

Posted 6/2/20

In May, Sonic Drive-In recognized the entrepreneurial spirit driving teachers to meet their students' distance learning needs during the COVID-19 pandemic by matching all donations to DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day earlier this month, giving Leigh Ellen Howeth of Madisonville Intermediate $150.

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Howeth earns classroom funds

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In May, Sonic Drive-In recognized the entrepreneurial spirit driving teachers to meet their students' distance learning needs during the COVID-19 pandemic by matching all donations to DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day earlier this month, giving Leigh Ellen Howeth of Madisonville Intermediate $150.

Howeth, who teaches third grade, was among an exceptional group of teachers throughout the country whose projects were funded. Sonic donated $1 million to public schools May 5, Teacher Appreciation Day, through their Limeades for Learning program. The goal is to support the instructors’ endeavors to provide essential education resources.

“I am so excited, my project was completely funded today,” said Howeth on her DonorsChoose project page May 5. “I will be able to do so many fun things and personalize my classroom more than before. Even though this year ended sadly, my classroom will be happy for the new school year in August.”

The goal of Howeth’s project was to provide the students with a Cricut, or a brand of cutting plotters, or computerized-controlled cutting machines, designed for home crafters. They are often used for cutting paper, felt, vinyl, fabric and other materials.

“Having a Cricut will help me individualize each students’ creative side,” said Howeth’s DonorsChoose page. “Students are able to select fonts for their journal labels and have ownership in the classroom, this helps build more community as well.”

Through the Limeades for Learning program, 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. Visit LimeadesforLearning.com to learn about future funding opportunities and explore public school teacher requests in the Madisonville community in need of support.

"Teachers across the country face new and complex challenges to keep their students learning right now," said Christi Woodworth, Vice President of public relations for Sonic. "As we continue to celebrate teachers this Teacher Appreciation Month, we sincerely thank educators like Leigh Ellen Howeth, 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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