Two teachers in the Washington School District will receive a $200 gift card thanks to a national donation from Sonic.

The teachers work at South Point Elementary and Washington High School. Only their schools were announced.

Sonic Drive-In, a longtime supporter of public schoolteachers through its Limeades for Learning initiatives, celebrated Teacher Appreciation Month throughout the month of May with its third-annual #ThanksTeach social media campaign to recognize, celebrate and reward teachers.

In addition to sharing inspiring stories of real teachers — and encouraging others to do the same with the hashtag #ThanksTeach — SONIC’s $1 million donation was shared among more than 5,000 public schoolteachers across the country, with $9,800 going to 49 teachers in the St. Louis area, including the two teachers in Washington.

SONIC said #ThanksTeach to each of the teachers with a $200 gift card to DonorsChoose.org, SONIC’s nonprofit partner for Limeades for Learning that inspires teachers to create innovative learning projects and request the materials or experiences they need most for their classrooms.

Teachers can either apply the $200 SONIC donation to their own projects on DonorsChoose.org, or gift the donation to another deserving teacher.

“At a time when teachers spend an average of $500 of their own money to supply their classrooms, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month by supporting more than 5,000 teachers in cities near SONIC Drive-ins,” said Christi Woodworth, vice president of public relations for SONIC.

“These teachers are our customers, they teach our crew members and they are an integral part of the communities in which we operate,” he said.

Everyone can get involved in #ThanksTeach by sharing stories on social media using photos, videos or a written message.

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