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Spotlighting a job well done

Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS) continues to be an institution in which the county can take great pride.
The job that teachers have is a challenging and important one, and we relish the opportunity to highlight it when that job is done particularly well.

There have been a variety of examples we can point to that illustrate the high-quality work done by CCPS, and the latest came in our July 10 edition when we cited that 10 Eureka Elementary School teachers were awarded $8,129 in donations from SONIC Drive-In.

We thought this recognition was worth underscoring.

As part of its Limeades for Learning initiative partnership with DonorChoose.org, SONIC Drive-In launched a donation match in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month to help teachers obtain classroom supplies and other learning materials.

Christi Woodworth, vice president of public relations for SONIC, said, “Each year, teachers spend hundreds of their dollars to support their students, and with Limeades for Learning, SONIC and our fans made that burden a bit lighter.”

We thank SONIC and its fans for that.

As part of the program, SONIC awarded teacher lead projects at Eureka. They included the following:
• Jes Bailey for the projects Paintbrushes Please, Portfolios for My Little Picassos, Organizing Creatively, Paper, Glue and Storage Oh My and Comfy and SmART Organization
• Lindsay Bill for the projects All About That Bass (Xylophone) and Feel The Rhythm
• Mark Heintzleman for the projects Basics of Softball and Are You Ready for Football
• Katlyn Hudson for the projects Flip My Classroom Part 2 and Rewarding Fifth-Grade Math Stars
• Robin Mason for the project Super Supplies
• Chelsea Nash for the projects New School Year-New Supplies, Relax and Read and STEM Fun in the Classroom
• Grace-Kelly Pyle for the projects Bright Chairs For Bright Minds Part 3 and SOL Review Supplies
• Shelly Schrader for the projects Goodbye, Desk! Hello, Tables and Much Needed School Supplies
• Kristen Smith for the projects A Kindergarten Christmas, Kindergarten Cameo for Creativity, A Rainbow of Possibilities, Kindergarten Kiva Needs A Cabinet, Educational Puzzles & Games and You Can’t Deny We Need Supplies
• Carmen Tucker for the project Take This Stuff and Store It

CCPS Interim Superintendent Robbie Mason said, “We are incredibly thankful to SONIC Drive-In for helping our teachers and students. Programs such as DonorChoose.org allow our students to have access to additional resources which help to enrich their learning. I also commend our teachers for taking the initiative to submit grant applications to access funds for purchasing additional materials.”

We echo that commendation and praise these teachers for all of their hard work that will bear fruit for generations to come.