Our View: Vote in SONIC’s campaign and support Hollister teacher

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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 10:40 am

Much more than a refreshing beverage — SONIC Drive In’s 2012 Limeades for Learning campaign is under way, and a local teacher is hoping she will have the support of the Roanoke Valley.

Limeades for Learning, in partnership with

DonorsChoose.org, lets the public vote online for their favorite public school classroom projects. The project with the most votes each week in the five-week campaign will be fully funded by SONIC.

Hollister Elementary School teacher Megan Lewis’ classroom is one of 334 in North Carolina and more than 6,700 across the country competing for donations.

She is hoping her project “Books, Books and More Books ... Everywhere!” will win funding for a new educational rug and bins for organizing books in her kindergarten classroom.

As for the items Lewis would like to purchase with the funding — the present carpet is worn with many years of use and provides a place for students to gather during reading time. And the bins, they are a necessity to organize the many books accumulated during Lewis’ 12 years of teaching.

Anyone with a valid email address can vote online once per day at LimeadesforLearning.com, with every 10 votes unlocking two bonus votes.

Lewis said customers can visit their local drive-in and receive two extra votes via special bag stickers with any purchase.

If four million votes are cast by Oct. 29, SONIC will unlock an additional $100,000 to fund more classroom projects. The four million-vote mark also earns all voters a coupon for a free medium Cherry Limeade.

To vote log onto www.limeadesforlearning.com — click on Find a Project, choose North Carolina from the drop down menu at the top of the page, then look for Hollister in the city tab to find Lewis’ project.

While voting, participants may donate funds to help Lewis raise $693.18 to fund the project.

“I feel kindergarten is important as a base and foundation,” Lewis said.

Rather than accepting defeat, Lewis whole-heartedly takes the initiative to find a way to cover the gap to make her classroom a better experience for her students.

It is likely no other selfless move could warrant a tremendous response from the Roanoke Valley. Vote as many times as possible to help Megan Lewis and her students with their project “Books, Books and More Books ... Everywhere!”

Kris Smith, news editor

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