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SONIC Drive-In Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Month with $1 Million Donation

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SONIC's Third Annual #ThanksTeach Campaign Recognizes U.S. Public
School Teachers

SONIC®
Drive-In
(NASDAQ:SONC), a longtime supporter of public school
teachers through its philanthropic initiative Limeades
for Learning®
, today launches the third-annual
#ThanksTeach social media campaign to recognize, celebrate and reward
teachers throughout May in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month. All
month, SONIC is sharing inspiring stories of real teachers making a
difference in the classroom, and encourages others to join in and say
thank you to important teachers in their lives by sharing the hashtag
#ThanksTeach. To top it all off, SONIC is donating $1 million to public
school teachers in SONIC markets from coast to coast.

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"Everyone has a teacher who has done something – big or small – to
impact their lives for the better, whether it was one of your teachers
or the teacher of a child in your life," said Christi Woodworth, vice
president of public relations for SONIC. "Teachers play such a critical
role in developing our children, but spend nearly $500 a year out of
their own pockets to buy the supplies they need to do their jobs
effectively. That's why we started Limeades for Learning® and
why we're saying #ThanksTeach by giving another $1 million to teachers
for Teacher Appreciation Month."

Throughout the month of May, SONIC will celebrate these unsung heroes
across Facebook,
Twitter,
Instagram
and YouTube
by sharing the stories of real public school teachers using the hashtag
#ThanksTeach and encouraging others to do the same. SONIC also invites
Facebook fans to Smile
to Say #ThanksTeach
via a Facebook augmented reality (AR)
application that springs to life when the user smiles into the camera on
their mobile phone, creating a video or photo that can be easily shared.

Since 2009, SONIC has supported and celebrated public school teachers
through Limeades for Learning in partnership with DonorsChoose.org
to provide teachers with essential materials and supplies needed for
their classrooms. To date, SONIC has donated more than $9.7 million in
financial grants to public school teachers, funding more than 18,983
classroom projects and benefiting more than 569,490 students. This
month, SONIC is donating $1 million to public school teachers in SONIC
markets who have requested to be eligible for SONIC funding.

To learn more about Limeades for Learning and #ThanksTeach, visit LimeadesforLearning.com
and explore public school teacher projects in your community.

About SONIC, America's Drive-In

SONIC, America's Drive-In is the nation's largest drive-in restaurant
chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Nearly 94
percent of SONIC's 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by
local business men and women. For 65 years, SONIC has delighted guests
with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly
service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC's Limeades for
Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org,
SONIC has donated $9.7 million to public school teachers nationwide to
fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to
inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more
about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and
please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
To learn more about SONIC's Limeades for Learning initiative, please
visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

About DonorsChoose.org

Founded in 2000 by a Bronx history teacher, DonorsChoose.org has raised $683,614,142
for America's classrooms. Teachers come to DonorsChoose.org to request
the materials and experiences they need most for their classrooms, and
donors give to the projects that inspire them. To date, 3,110,293
people and partners have funded 1,153,551 projects on the site,
reaching 27,834,415 students and making DonorsChoose.org the
leading platform for supporting U.S. public schools. DonorsChoose.org is
the only crowdfunding platform that vets each request, delivers
materials directly to schools, and captures the impact of every funded
project with photos, thank yous, and a cost report showing how each
dollar was spent. In 2014, DonorsChoose.org made the top 10 of Fast
Company's list of the World's Most Innovative Companies
, the first
time a charity has received such recognition.

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