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Teacher Freebies at Sonic for Back-to-School Season 2024: What to Expect

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Throughout the year and during Teacher Appreciation Week, restaurants and retailers celebrate teachers with freebies, discounts, and deals. Last August, Sonic had a Here's to You Teach! promotion, and gave teachers free food, every day, for a week.

Will Sonic bring this food freebie deal back in 2024? While we don't know if Sonic will offer teachers free food again this August, here's a look back at how the deal went down last year. We'll update this post as soon as we get the scoop for 2024.

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Sonic Here’s to You, Teach! (from 2023)

To celebrate educators and school staff for the new school year in 2023, Sonic gave away free food and drinks to educators and school staff the week of Monday, Aug. 21. Each weekday a new free menu item appeared. Teachers and educators needed to download the Sonic app and sign up for Sonic Teachers’ Circle. Then, purchase another item through the app to get the freebie coupon sent to you.

The “Here’s to You, Teach!,” program gives teachers everything from free drinks and cold brews to fries and cheeseburgers. Wanna keep the fast food train rolling? There are some Sonic secret menu hacks to consider next time you’re in the mood for those crispy tots.

Grab a different freebie with purchase, from drinks to cheeseburgers each day.

a person grabbing a hamburger out if sonic to go bag while holding a drink sitting outside sonic

Sonic’s weeklong celebration of teachers provided educators with a well-deserved treat amid the hustle and bustle of a new academic year. You needed to make a purchase through Sonic’s app to get the freebie. You could have ordered something like a vanilla cone ($2.43), Jr. Cheeseburger ($2.18), or lemonade (as low as $1.94), depending on what best complement’s the day’s freebie.

Teachers’ Circle Week of Rewards:

  • Monday, Aug. 21, 2023 – Free Large Drink or Slush

  • Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023 – Free Breakfast Entrée

  • Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023 – Free Small Cold Brew

  • Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 – Free Medium Tots or Fries

  • Friday, Aug. 25, 2023 – Free Sonic Cheeseburger

Keep in mind that this special promotion wasn’t valid on combos or deliveries. And each reward was valid once.

Teachers in K-12 schools and degree-granting colleges and universities are eligible.

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To participate in Teacher exclusive events or qualify for Teacher-only deals at Sonic or you must be a teacher, faculty or staff member. That means you can be an employee of a K-12 school or college/university that awards degrees. Sonic will verify your information through the app before you can get any discounts or freebies.

Sign up for to Sonic Teachers' Circle rewards program to participate in events like Here’s to You, Teach!.

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Download the Sonic app, create an account, and sign up for Sonic Teachers’ Circle to participate in events like Here’s to You, Teach!. To get the free perks, you’ll need to update your account profile icon and confirm that you’re an educator (select “I’m a Teacher!”). Keep in mind that promotions can vary by drive-in, so confirm participation at your local Sonic.

Sonic’s Limeades for Learning has been giving back to public schools for over a decade.

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For every drink sold, a portion of the money goes to the Sonic Foundation’s Limeades for Learning to support local public schools. With the help of neighborhood partners, Sonic provides essential learning materials. The program has donated over $26 million since 2009. Now you can order the Nerds slush without the guilt.

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