Amy Cunningham
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Spring Hill elementary and intermediate school teachers may not deliver your order to your car at Sonic on Wednesday evening, but district schools will still benefit from your patronage.
For the fourth time this year the Spring Hill Sonic is sponsoring School Night and that translates into dollars for the classroom.  Spring Hill Sonic will donate 10 percent of its sales from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 26 to be divided between the two schools.
During the first several Sonic nights, teachers from the district worked as carhops.  This time, because of the frigid temperatures and ice, teachers are leaving those duties to the Sonic professionals.
According to representatives from the district’s Parent Teacher Organization, Sonic night has been quite a boon for the classroom.
Danielle Allenbrand, Spring Hill Elementary School’s PTO secretary reported that the first couple of events each generated around $300, money that is used in the classrooms to purchase supplies.
She said that the concept was quite popular for elementary and intermediate students.
“It’s a great way for families and the community to get together, eat out and support the schools and the response has just been humongous,” she exclaimed.  “The first night we did this we had no idea how huge the community support would be.  It got so busy that there was a 45 minute wait time and a fryer went down. Now (the manager) has all hands on deck and it is so smooth; it’s been amazing.”
Allenbrand also said that, when school staff are able to carhop, students are very excited to see their teachers outside of the classroom. She believes that those staff will be out again in the spring, when the weather is nicer. The PTO plans to publish teacher work schedules so that students and parents will know when to visit their favorite carhop.
“Every other order (students) asked, can you have Mrs. So-and-so bring dinner out to me,” Allenbrand recalled. She said the carhop’s job isn’t as easy as one might think.  “For every one Sonic carhop (that would have delivered food) we had to have two teachers; one Carhop to carry the food, the other to take the money and count change.”  Jon Howell, general manager of the Spring Hill store, said that his store is proud to be a member of a community that supports its schools.
“It’s giving back to the community,” he explained.  “We’re a small town Sonic and we do anything and everything we can do to help the community. Anything we can do to help advance education, we’ll do.  It is just a small part of what can be done.”