Teachers, you guys have really, really hard jobs.
You have to explain what colors and shapes are and the sounds that letters make. (Non-teachers: Go ahead, try this on a friend. It’s not that easy.)
You have to learn like 60 new names every single semester.
And, perhaps most horrifyingly, many of you have to grade final papers — a task I found so onerous while I was a teacher that I quit after just one year. Sorry, not sorry.
But much like Pretzel Day brings a joyful reprieve to the hard life of The Office’s Stanley Hudson, Teacher Appreciation Day has the potential to make all that tough work worth it.
Because on this one day, people finally recognize that a pop quiz means more work for you, too. Because they recognize that summers off only barely begin to make up for your job: trying to talk sense to hormone-fueled, not-yet-fully developed brains all day.
Because you deserve it.
… and mostly because free food.
Teacher Appreciation Week Freebies and Deals
Teachers touch everyone’s lives, so lots of vendors are showing their appreciation with freebies and discounts.
Many deals take place on National Teacher Appreciation Day — Tuesday, May 3 — while others last throughout the whole first week of May, which is Teacher Appreciation Week.
So once the final bell rings, get your hardworking butt out of the classroom and take advantage of some of these 11 rewards! Heaven knows you’ve earned them.
1. A. C. Moore Arts & Crafts
Need craft supplies for the classroom?
C. Moore Arts & Crafts will give you 20% off your entire purchase through May 7 — and yes, that goes for sale items, too!
You’re on your feet all day long, so you’d better have comfortable shoes!
You’ll get 15% off any footwear items priced $39.99 or higher at Aerosoles — either make your purchase in-store or phone in the order.
Because this southern fried chicken joint is franchised and each location is privately owned, there’s not an overarching deal — but we’ve seen lots of branches offering free or discounted food in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day.
Check with your favorite location to see what they’re up to! And if they don’t offer you free food… well, you know where you keep that ruler.
Your favorite burrito shop is offering a BOGO deal to educators of all ilks — homeschoolers included!
Here’s one our local readers will love.
Grab a friend and head to EVOS — when they buy one meal or salad, you’ll get yours for free in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day.
6. Greene Turtle
Live near a Greene Turtle sports bar?
This Tuesday, enjoy a free meal of up to $12 in value, or $12 off a more expensive menu item.
Check with your local McDonald’s location to see what they have in store for you this Tuesday — some branches are offering free value meals.
8. Minute Maid Park
Hey Texas teachers! Ready for the big Astros game against the Twins?
Minute Maid Park is giving away a free tote bag — perfect for those freshly graded papers and your requisite travel mug of coffee — through the fifth inning when you buy tickets to Tuesday’s game. Packages start at $25. Play ball!
9. New York & Company
It’s easy to wear the same safe, tired outfit to school every day.
Treat yourself to something new from New York & Co — you’ll get 30% off a purchase of $50 or more in stores or online using promo code 6226.
Sick of the cafeteria food?
Get a free combo meal for lunch or dinner at PDQ this Tuesday with a valid teacher ID.
11. World of Beer
Need to unwind from a tough day of teaching?
Get a free Angry Orchard or Sam Adams draught at World of Beer anytime on Tuesday between 11 a.m. and midnight.
Want More Awesome Teacher Discounts?
These 21 discounts are in effect all year long.
And hey — seriously — thank you, teachers. For all you do.
Your Turn: What do you teach?
Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder who was not at all tough enough to make it as a teacher. Her creative writing has been featured in DMQ Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection and elsewhere.