Turner teacher receives donation to aid distance learning

TURNER — Brianna Holmquist of Turner, a kindergarten teacher at Manchester Elementary School, in Manchester, has been selected to receive a $130 donation from Sonic Drive-In.
To recognize the entrepreneurial spirit driving teachers to meet their students’ distance learning needs during this difficult time, the restaurant matched all donations to DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day, May 5, to help provide necessary supplies for students to continue learning at home.
Through its “Limeades for Learning” program, Sonic donated $1 million to public school teacher requests across the country, supporting their endeavors to provide students with essential education resources.
Holmquist was among the exceptional teachers whose project received funding, including the “I Will Read Here or There, I will Read Everywhere!” program. She is a 2015 graduate of the University of Maine Farmington, earning a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
“Teachers across the country face new and complex challenges to keep their students learning right now,” said Christi Woodworth, vice president for public relations for Sonic. “As we continue to celebrate teachers, we sincerely thank educators like Brianna Holmquist, who are creatively keeping their students learning even as schools are closed.”