Would you guess this is in unincorporated territory? — Some holdout businesses, such as Sonic and the parcels adjacent to it, are coming into Orange City, if the Volusia County Council approves of the city’s annexation.BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON Some holdout businesses, such as Sonic and the parcels adjacent to it, are coming into Orange City, if the Volusia County Council approves of the city’s annexation.BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON"/>
BEACON PHOTO/AL EVERSON Sonic Drive In in Orange City

SONIC® Drive-In has donated $1.5 million to help fund local education needs through DonorsChoose, a national nonprofit that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom requests submitted by teachers.

As part of Sonic’s ongoing initiative, the brand matched 50 percent of each donation made to teacher requests for Teacher Appreciation Day on May 3. With this donation, Sonic helped fully fund more than 9,000 projects from teachers across the country.

Two West Volusia teachers received funding:

In Orange City, Stephanie Bedgood at Manatee Cove Elementary School received a combined donation of $25 for the project “Interactive Notebooks: A Gallery of Student Learning” for prekindergarten through second grade.

In Deltona, Jared Taylor at Pride Elementary School received a combined donation of $54 for the project “Hitting the Mark for Education,” also for prekindergarten through second grade.

Sonic has donated more than $20 million to directly fund local education programs since 2009.

For those wishing to make an additional donation to a classroom project in their local community, visit DonorsChoose.org and donate to one or more of the thousands of public school teacher requests seeking support to provide students with educational resources.

Sonic, founded in 1953, is the largest drive-in restaurant brand in the United States, with more than 3,500 restaurants in 46 states, including one in Orange City at 1221 Saxon Blvd. that can be reached at 386-774-0963.

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— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews

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