Pierce City teacher gets $1,945 donation from Sonic Drive-In

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Chain gives $1.5 million nationwide on Teacher Appreciation Day

Jana Parrigon, communication arts teacher at Pierce High School, recently received a combined donation of $1,945 from Sonic Drive-In to purchase cameras for use by students in the art department. The cameras will be used as part of a new program which seeks to get students ready for the art classes they wish to take in college, and careers for their future. Without funding for the project, the plan had been to use phones and Chromebook cameras, which presented a problem since not every student has access to such devises.

The donation from Sonic was made through the national education nonprofit site DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding platform where teachers and district administrators can request donations to help fund various projects. After the project became fully funded on May 7, Parrigon thanked everyone who donated.

“Your generosity has greatly impacted our classroom and learning environment,” she said. “The students are able to learn with materials that aid in their realistic goals and future success. With your support, we are meeting new education standards and progressing at a rate the district has not been able to achieve in the past.”

Through its Limeades for Learning initiative, Sonic matched 50 percent of each donation made on DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day, May 4, and gave a total of $1.5 million to more than 7,000 teacher requests nationwide.

“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-needed supplies to successfully complete this school year.”