Teachers Day! Teacher Appreciation Week – Freebies & Deals!
National Teachers Day is Tuesday, May 4, 2021. And, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3 thru May 7. Teacher Day marks the beginning of Teachers Appreciation Week. You may wonder, “does my favorite restaurant give teacher appreciation discounts?” We hit the streets to find the answer for you. As a result, we have a whole list of freebies and deals, and teacher appreciation gifts to mark the occasion.
Because, Teacher Appreciation Week Freebies are a terrific way for educators to get the recognition they deserve on Teacher Appreciation Day and all year long.
With the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, most schools are closed and everyone is doing online school or homeschool. This year, more than ever, our teachers deserve our gratitude! Many people have finally learned first-hand what it’s like to teach their own children, and have a newly found appreciation for teachers!
So, from free food to free admission, and the chance to win stuff for your classroom, our big list is a great way to educational tool to show how truly special they are. If you don’t see something listed here that we’ve missed, please let us know! And, if your favorite restaurant’s not offering something for this week, you can always sign up for their eclub and get freebies now and birthday freebies that way.
Then, if you’re looking for Teacher Appreciation Deals, then you’re at the right place! Because many companies show appreciation to educators all year long with discounts on items for the classroom. Educators should check with local businesses and retail chains for their specific offers. Consequently, we’ve listed a few favorites available on Teacher Appreciation Day. In addition, don’t miss the National Education Association (NEA) membership which can save you a bundle all year!
Don’t miss National Nurse Appreciation Week Freebies, which is happening at the same time as teachers!
After that, those with kids in school or anyone who knows a teacher should be thinking about teacher appreciation gift ideas, to recognize the great work these humble heroes do for our children every day! You can snag a free Teacher Thank You card in the list below, and then share this list with them so they can enjoy!
Lastly, please share this list with teacher friends and educators!
Teachers Day FREE STUFF: Restaurants
Most importantly, this list is still being updated for 2021. Of course, in 2020 everyone’s focus was on the COVID-19 Pandemic. Coronavirus has forced many stores and restaurants to close or change the way they’re open. So, the best bet it to check with these places which have offered teacher freebies and deals in the past.
- Applebee’s Grill & Bar – “Is Applebees offering Teacher Day Freebies this year?” Hi Wendy! Good question, our promotions and specials vary by location, so the best place to check is by contacting your local restaurant.
- Arby’s – Check with your local restaurant for any special for Teachers Appreciation Week.
- Amazon – Did you know you can print an Amazon gift card at home?
- Bruegger’s Bagels offers specials on “class party” and “Breakroom treats” plus 20% off gift cards.
- Buca di Beppo – offers a family meal for takeout. They also have a 2 for Tuesday, bogo free special to check out!
- Cicis– stay tuned to your local Cici’s Pizza for possible freebies. Nothing nationwide has been announced yet!
- Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen – Family Bundles available for take-out. Stay tuned for more! Plus, sign up for their eclub and get free chips and salsa now, and again on your birthday.
- Chik-fil-a – last year, in honor of amazing teachers, guests who purchased a $10 gift card for their teachers this week, May 4th through May 8th, received a free bottle of sweet tea! Thank you to our wonderful teachers for being tea-riffic with all that you do! #TeacherAppreciationWeek
- Chipotle Teacher’s Week Freebies – In past years, Teachers get a free meal with purchase at Chipotle Mexican Grill to celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday.
- Duck Donuts – In past years, they’ve offered discounts such as 20% off for teachers and nurses.
- Einstein Bro’s Bagels – offers specials on “class party” and “Breakroom treats” plus 20% off gift cards.
- Firehouse Subs – check with your local Firehouse Sub shop for possible specials for Teacher’s appreciation week. Everyone can get a free sub by signing up, and again on your birthday.
- Freebirds – Last year, Freebirds offered family size meals for pickup and limited dine-in. Stay tuned for updates.
- Golden Corral – working on reopening in some areas for all-you-can-eat buffet.
- Great American Cookies – in the past, teachers and nurses were treated to a free cookie. However, stay tuned for updated 2021 offers. And, check with your local restaurant.
- Grimaldi’s Pizzeria – Buy $50 in Grimaldi’s Gift Cards and get a $20 #BonusCard. Runs from April 30 – May 3. *Not valid at Kitchen United locations.
- Häagen-Dazs – Häagen-Dazs’ Free Cone Day 2021 is changing to an all-week thing. In the past, it was on May 12. So, that coincides with Teacher Appreciation week and Nurse Appreciation week.
- IHOP– typically offers specials for National Teacher Appreciation week. Stay tuned!
- Krystal Burger– previously, the Southern Slider offered Teacher Week freebies and deals. However, we’re not sure if they will this year after filing bankruptcy last year, in 2020.
- McAlister’s Deli – It’s Teacher & Nurse Appreciation Week! Have a favorite Teacher and Nurse you want to celebrate? Then we do too. Nominate them for a chance to win FREE McAlister’s Deli Catering, 4/22 to 5/6. Winners are announced May 7, 2021!
- McDonald’s – has been known to give freebies to nurses and teachers in appreciation. However, no national offer has been announced yet for 2021. Of course, you can sign up anytime with their App and get great discounts and coupons. Plus, check your receipts. Some areas have extra special offers. If you take the survey listed at the top of your receipt, then you can score free sandwiches with purchase.
- MOD Pizza – no offer has been shared yet, so stay tuned.
- Organ Stop Pizza– no update for 2021 yet, so stay tuned!
- Outback Steakhouse – free $10 gift card when you buy a $50 gift card. This is a time to be grateful for all teachers. Express your appreciation with an Outback gift card. You’ll receive a FREE $10 gift with every $50 gift card you purchase.
- Paragon Theaters – in past years, teachers were treated to free popcorn. However, no offer has been announced yet for 2021. Check with your theater, or stay tuned here, for updates.
- PDQ – Teachers & Nurses have received great freebies and deals in the past.
- Pizza Hut – Teachers can sign up to receive up to 8 Free Pizza Hut Coupons per student in the Pizza Hut Book It program! Signups are open!
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop – no update yet.
- Pollo Tropical – in the past, PT has offered BOGO free small TropiChops when you nominate your favorite teachers. Stay tuned for 2021’s exciting offer.
- Raising Cane’s– this one isn’t nationwide, so check with your location. But, in the past they’ve offered free food to Teachers and School Faculty on National Teacher Appreciation day!
- Ruby Tuesday – previously treated teachers to free food to show their appreciation. Of course, if you become a member of the So Connected club, then you’ll get free things on your birthday and more freebies every week!
- Salata– May is also National Salad Month, in addition to Teacher appreciation day and Nurse appreciation week. So, Salata Salads always has great deals.
- Scooter’s Coffee – In past years, if you showed your teacher ID, then they would give you a great deal on your drink.
- Subway – in past years, Subway sandwich locations have offered discounts and freebies for teachers. This is typically not a nationwide offer, but maybe this year will be different! Either way, stay tuned for more info and check with your local restaurant. For a limited time, they have BOGO 50% off on footlongs. And, of course, you can get a free Subway cookie on your birthday or any time you sign up with their rewards program.
- Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee – Sugar Shack has offered teacher freebies in the past. However, with their recent legal troubles and rebranding some locations, we’re not sure if they will in 2021.
- Texas Steakhouse & Saloon– North Carolina and West Virginia educators may be able to get a great deal at Texas Steakhouse and Saloon. In the past, they’ve given great discounts. But, haven’t announced them yet for this year.
- TGIFridays – Join John Rewards for a free appetizer anytime, and more freebies on your birthday. First, they’re celebrating Mother’s day with a whole week. So, hopefully they’ll also announce teacher day freebies as well.
- Tri Coffee Wine Alehouse – In the past, Trio Coffee Wine Alehouse has offered free beverages for educators. They haven’t announced anything yet for 2021, so stay tuned.
- World of Beer – if anyone deserves a beer it’s educators, first responders, doctors and nurses! But, we haven’t heard yet if WOB is offering a special or not. Finger’s crossed!
- Zinburger – Teachers in Arizona will want to check out these zinfally delicious burgers! Of course, everyone should sign up for the eBites rewards program to get $10 off $20 on your first order.
Teacher Appreciation Week: FREE ENTERTAINMENT!
- AMC Theaters – Check with your local AMC theater for Teacher Appreciation Specials.
- Bowling – check with your local bowling center through Kids Bowl Free School program and involve your school for free!
- Cinema Cafe – we haven’t gotten an update on whether they’re offering teacher specials this year, but we sure hope so!
- Colgate – will send teachers a box full of free toothpaste and toothbrushes in the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures classroom program! This program is temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. But, stay tuned for when it returns!
- Crayola Experience – Teachers get in free every day, and their families get a 25% discount on Saturdays!
- Graceland – If you bring a valid school ID or dated letter with school letterhead, then you’ll get free admission to tour Graceland!
- Hilton Hotels – Show your school ID at check-in. As a result, you’ll receive the special rate. Educators are eligible for government rates at various hotel chains, such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Starwood and Wyndham Hotel Group Hotels.
- Hot Wheels – offers teachers the opportunity to request a ton of free toys for their classrooms in Mattel’s Hot Wheels Speedometry program! While everything is available online, the kits are not being shipped during the pandemic.
- Hyatt Hotels – Show your school ID at check-in. As a result, you’ll receive the special rate. Educators are eligible for government rates at various hotel chains: Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Starwood and Wyndham Hotel Group Hotels.
- IHG Hotels – Show your school ID at check-in. As a result, you’ll receive the special rate. Educators are eligible for government rates at various hotel chains, such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Starwood and Wyndham Hotel Group Hotels.
- Kennedy Space Center – Educators, administrators and program coordinators get free admission with a valid school employee ID. To clarify, you can download and print a coupon for one free daily admission ticket. Be sure to check in first, because things are subject to change due to COVID.
- Legoland California – Free admission on select Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year. Teachers can download free self-guided Sea Life tours as well.
- Legoland Florida – Educators can get a Florida Teacher Pass to both Legoland and Legoland Water Park for free admission. To clarify, bring your most recent paystub, Florida photo ID, and teaching certificate to receive your pass.
- Marriott Hotels – Show your school ID at check-in. As a result, you’ll receive the special rate. Educators are eligible for government rates at various hotel chains: Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Starwood and Wyndham Hotel Group Hotels.
- SeaWorld – Teachers can get free admission for a day at Sea World Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego, and SeaWorld San Antonio. In addition, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens have been developing resources for educators for over 20 years. You can download entire teacher curriculum guides and individual activities, show the ShamuTV: Saving a Species series in your classroom, or learn more about how to prepare for careers in the zoological field on this site.
- Starwood Hotels – Show your school ID at check-in. As a result, you’ll receive the special rate. Educators are eligible for government rates at various hotel chains, such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Starwood and Wyndham Hotel Group Hotels.
- Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort – Special room rate for teachers all year.
- Wyndham Hotel – Show your school ID at check-in. As a result, you’ll receive the special rate. Educators are eligible for government rates at various hotel chains, such as Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Starwood and Wyndham Hotel Group Hotels.
Teacher Day Gifts: Discounts and Deals
First, we showcased the hottest free things you can get above. Next, we’ll show you a huge list of discounts. Certainly, you’ll look extra smart with these awesome savings offers!
- A.C. Moore – Teachers get 15% off entire purchase any time of the year. Certainly, this could add up fast!
- Adobe – Teachers can save up to 80% on Adobe products, all year long. On the other hand, Adobe products are very expensive so this can really add up!
- Amazon Prime Student – Anyone with a .edu email account can enjoy Amazon Student (a version of Amazon Prime) for FREE for six months! You’ll get free 2-day shipping, textbook discounts for rentals and purchase, and much more! Amazon Prime is awesome, however, getting it free for 6 months can’t be beaten!
- Ann Taylor Loft – Register to receive 15% off your full-price purchase in-store, every day! Sign up for their emails to get teacher-only deals!
- Apple Store – Apple Store discounts are almost unheard of! In other words, Apple coupons are hard to come by. But, for teachers, offers include discounts of up to $200 on computers and accessories through the Apple Education Store. Plus, teachers can get a free learning session every day this week!
- AT&T – Save up to 17% on your wireless service for teachers and faculty. NEA members get a 15% monthly discount, 20% off accessories and more!
- Banana Republic – 15% off of full-priced purchases every day. But, a valid student or teacher ID required.
- Barnes & Noble – Every classroom needs books! And, teachers can receive 20% off publishers price on purchase for classroom use.
- Books-A-Million – Teachers will get 20% off all items purchased in-store.
- Costco – Teachers in the United States get more than $60 in savings if they sign up for a new membership.
- The Container Store– Our Organized Teacher program offers educators special discounts throughout the year to help organize their classrooms!
- Crayola is offering 15% off the entire website at Crayola.com.
- Dell – If your school is affiliated with Dell, then there is special pricing on purchasing a computer or other products. Call Customer Service before paying to apply the discount
- GelPro – offers teachers a 25% discount
- Half-Price Books – Teachers receive 10% year round with Half Price Book’s Educator Discount Card.
- Hanes – Hanes offers 10% discount on purchases all year long.
- Hewlett Packard – HP Academy offers a 20% discount to teachers. You can also get free shipping.
- Hobby Lobby – Save 10% on crafts and school supplies galore at Hobby Lobby! To clarify, payment must be made with a check or bank card provided by the school.
- Home Depot – Home Depot pays the tax on classroom purchases made at Home Depot. With Pro Tax Exempt, public school teachers can save a lot! But, you must apply for the exemption.
- J.Crew – Get a 15% discount on in-store purchases.
- JoAnn Fabric – Get a 15% discount both in-store and online. Therefore, you could save on crafts, school supplies and more!
- K12 School Supplies – Don’t miss these hot deals to save 30-80% on closeout and clearance school supplies.
- Karen Kane – 20% off purchases
- Kayla Itsines – 20% off exercise memberships
- Lakeshore –Besides having a ton of awesome supplies, if you sign up for their Teachers Club, then you’ll save 15% on purchases.
- Lenovo – Save up to 20% on laptops, tablets, and desktop computers.
- Michaels – Get a 15% discount on in-store purchases every day.
- Microsoft Store – Educational software discounts are available, including a totally free version of Office 365! Plus, save 10% off Windows devices.
- National Parks Service – From taking a “virutal field trip”, to free classroom materials (some are avialable to borrow too), and much more!
- Office Depot/Office Max – save 10% on most classroom supplies.
- Overstock.com – Get a free Club O Gold membership. In other words, Club O Rewards customers earn an average of $55.00 in Club O Reward Dollars per year.
- Party City – save up to 20%
- PBS – Get free access to digital curriculum-based resources. Certainly, that sounds fun, right?
- Pencils.com – Get 10% off all orders.
- Talbots – Get a 15% discount on regular-priced items.
- Teaching Tolerance Magazine – Free subscription for teachers.
- Scholastic – Save up to 75%!
- Schuler Books – K-12 educators in MI, save 20% on the Young Adult, Children’s and Education sections
- Staples – First, sign up for a Regular Rewards Card, and then call 888-636-9555 to enroll in Staples Teachers Rewards. As a result, you’ll get additional discounts on items such as classroom supplies.
National Teacher Appreciation Day CARDS
To sum it up, we’ve found a huge list of freebies and deals. But, don’t forget to say Thank You to your teacher with these awesome cards!
- BlueMountain – To begin with, see these printable cards for Teachers Appreciation Week. After that, they have these cards.
- 123Greetings – Next, check out these beautiful free ecards for Teachers! Of course, there’s one you’ll love in the dozens available!
- Greeting Island – Finally, these printable cards are for Teachers Appreciation Week. For example, you can even upload your teacher’s photo and customize your card!
- Still valid in some areas in 2021, get your Free Remote Learning Thank you cards!
— Venngage (@Venngage) May 4, 2020
FREE Resources for Teacher Appreciation Week
- World101 provides comprehensive teaching resources for each of our modules. on.cfr.org/2WpNE7B
- Scholastic – For instance, graphic organizers, school to home communications, reading and writing skill sheets and more.
In conclusion, that’s it for now. Meanwhile, we will update the list when we find new items!
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