Thanks, Teachers: 8 Freebies and Deals for Teacher Appreciation Week

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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 when 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 Stanley Hudson from “The Office,” Teacher Appreciation Week has the potential to make all that tough work worth it.

Because during this one week, 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 9 — while others last throughout the whole first full 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 eight rewards! Heaven knows, you’ve earned them.

1. A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts

Need craft supplies for the classroom? A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts will give you 20% off your entire purchase through May 6 — and yes, that goes for sale items, too!

2. Aerosoles

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.

3. Chick-fil-A

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.


Here’s one our local readers will love.

Grab a friend and head to EVOS between May 1-5. When they buy one meal or salad, you’ll get yours for free in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day.  

5. Greene Turtle

Live near a Greene Turtle sports bar?

This Wednesday, May 3, enjoy a free meal of up to $12 in value, or $12 off a more expensive menu item with the purchase of a beverage.

6. Major League Baseball

Hey teachers! Who wants to take me out to the ball game?

Most major league baseball teams are honoring teachers with ticket discounts, deals and freebies. Teacher appreciation nights include the Chicago Cubs on May 2, Washington Nationals on May 12, and San Diego Padres on May 19. Check your team’s website for details.

7. PDQ

Sick of the cafeteria food?

Get 50% off your bill at PDQ on Tuesday, May 9, with a valid teacher ID.

8. 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 (or $5 off your check) any time on Tuesday, May 9.

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: Who was your favorite teacher?

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) is a writer 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.
Editorial intern Jen Smith (@savingwithspunk) contributed to this post.

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