Local teacher earns funds from Sonic


This May, Sonic Drive-In recognized incredible teachers and the contributions they make to education as a part of its Limeades for Learning initiative in partnership with nonprofit partner, DonorChoose.org. With the goal of helping teachers obtain much-needed classroom supplies and learning resources, Sonic launched a donation match in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month and gave one teacher in Madisonville, Texas $135.

In total, Sonic donated $1.2 million matching donations made to Sonic Teacher projects in May. As a result, Sonic rewarded one entrepreneurial teacher lead project at one school in the Madisonville community. The recipient was Leigh Ellen Howeth, a third grade teacher at MCISD.

Howeth’s current project, ‘Keeping it Classic with Charlotte,’ is an effort to raise funds so that her students can read the book Charlotte’s Webb in class.

“I love my kids and I love what I do,” said Howeth on her DonorsChoose.org page. “My third grade students move mountains. They do not always know they are going to rise to such feats, but by the end of the year… every child has moved some sort of educational mountain, and I love to watch it.”

The page also states that, as a teacher in rural Texas, it can sometimes be hard to give the students every experience they need.

“By providing quality books, I hope to fill that gap with my kids,” said Howeth.

“We are very proud when any member of our staff is recognized for their outstanding service to our students and community,” said MCISD Superintendent Keith Smith.

SONIC provides essential funds needed for learning materials and innovative techniques for teachers to inspire creativity and learning through Limeades for Learning, the brand's national award-winning cause marketing campaign. Since 2009, SONIC has donated $13.1 million, supported 33,177 classrooms, and provided necessary learning materials and teaching resources requested by teachers to impact 995,310 students in partnership with DonorChoose.org.

While Teacher Appreciation Month is celebrated in May, Sonic supports teachers year-round. Visit LimeadesforLearning.com for updates on contributions, future donation matches, how to get involve and explore public school teacher projects in the Madisonville community in need of support. Teachers can become SONIC Teachers and submit projects through nonprofit partner DonorsChoose.org for a chance to receive funding.

To further assist Howeth in her goal, visit her page ‘Keeping it Classy with Charlotte’ on DonorChoose.org.