OKLAHOMA CITY - A new study says Oklahoma is one of the worst states for teachers.
According to WalletHub, Oklahoma is one of the worst states for teachers in 2015, coming in at 41st on the list of "Best and Worst States for Teachers."
Despite the label, some metro teachers got a big surprise from Sonic America’s Drive-In, thousands of dollars for classroom projects, all for a nationwide campaign that kicked off in Oklahoma City.
Students at Wilson Elementary School cheered loudly as their teachers held giant checks.
The money will help these educators with school projects for books, learning tools and P.E. equipment for sports like lacrosse.
"It's going to be a new opportunity for them and a new opportunity to figure out different ways to exercise," said Lauren McElvany.
Sonic America's Drive-In kicked off the Limeades for Learning campaign, donating around $40,000 to 73 different projects in the Oklahoma City Public School District.
"We know that teachers are innovative. We know that they're creative. We know that the funding isn't always there to make that happen, so the little bit that we can do to make a teacher's life easier, help them inspire their students," said Christi Woodworth, Sonic America's Drive-In.
The donation helps education leaders like Lauren McElvany, who said being a teacher in Oklahoma has been frustrating at times, but also says that seeing corporate businesses support learning in our state, makes a difference.
"As a teacher I'm not in it for the money, I'm here to help change lives," said Lauren McElvany.
Hoping to raise expectations in our state, starting with providing resources, like books.
"Reading means freedom and as long as you can read you can do anything, math, social studies," said Cheryl Halaoui, 4th Grade Teacher.
"We hope that one day it could be like it is in other states. Have a higher pay raise and our kids can be more successful and go onto college," said McElvany.
This is Sonic’s 7th year for Limeades for Learning, donating a total of $4.2 Million to 8,500 classroom projects in the country.