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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Martin Luther King Elementary School Lions were roaring with enthusiasm on Tuesday morning, as their teachers got quite the surprise.

"It's mind-blowing. I get chills just thinking about it," said Danielle Hubble, a second grade teacher.

In all, nearly 70 teachers in the Oklahoma City Public Schools district were surprised with funding for about 300 different projects.

The funding comes from a partnership between Sonic Drive-In and Donors Choose.

The $178,000 donation kicked off the Limeades for Learning campaign.

"The tools that go into these classrooms really help shape our students across the state," said Jason Acock, manager of corporate communications at Sonic Drive-In.

Teachers said, with the budget crisis, these gifts couldn’t come at a more crucial time.

"During times when budgets are really tight, this is when we really depend on the help and support of our businesses and community," said Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora.

"It's showing that people notice and people see what's going on and are still willing to support teachers in our state," Hubble said.

The National Limeades for Learning campaign lasts through Oct. 26.

For the next four weeks, people can vote for their favorite teacher project and, each week, the top voted four projects will be funded.

The campaign will give away a total of $1 million.