Teacher Appreciation Week 2024: Freebies, deals, discounts for educators, plus gift ideas (2024)

All of us have one or more teachers who assisted, inspired or coached us along on our learning path. Need an excuse to show your gratitude? There are opportunities in the days ahead.

National Teacher Day is May 7, 2024, and Teacher Appreciation Week runs Monday, May 6, to Friday, May 10. The idea for a week to honor teachers began more than 70 years ago with first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

The National National Parent Teacher Association has deemed this year's theme "Teachers are Shining Stars," and has an online toolkit with ideas on how to thank teachers. The National Education Association website has suggestions on how to celebrate teachers, too.

"Teachers are the heart and soul of our Nation," President Biden said in a proclamation on Friday, May 3. "They care for our Nation’s students, pass on knowledge to rising generations, and inspire our children to dream up new possibilities for their futures."

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Many restaurants and retailers are showing their appreciation with deals, discounts, specials and freebies. Here's some, but you may want to check social media for local deals, too – try searching for #NationalTeacherAppreciationWeek or #TeacherAppreciationWeek.

National Teacher Appreciation Week deals

  • Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza: Teachers get a 20% discount on all orders with a valid ID from Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12.
  • BIC: The pen maker has deals on its BIC 4 Color Ballpoint Pen, with packs of three starting at $6.09 (available on Amazon, Walmart, Target); BIC Gelocity Quick Dry Gel Pens, 12-pack starting at $12.99 (Amazon, Walmart, Target), and Break Resistant Mechanical Pencil, pack of two starting at $4.98 (Walmart and Staples (2-Count); Amazon (4-Count), and BIC.com (12-Count).
  • Buffalo Wild Wings: From Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12, teachers and school staff get 20% off their orders with valid IDs on dine-in, call-in, and walk-in orders.
  • BurgerFi: Teachers get a 20% discount on all orders with a valid ID from Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12.
  • edible: The fruit gift arrangement company is giving teachers, school staff and graduates of all ages a buy-one-get-one dipped fruit cone Monday through Friday until June 7, at local Edible stores.
  • Firehouse Subs: The sandwich chain has a week of specials available starting Monday through its Firehouse Rewards loyalty program and app including (on Wednesday) BOGO Hook & Ladder Subs and (on Friday) two medium sandwiches for $12 or two large sandwiches for $18.
  • Free Rein Coffee Company: Teachers and educators get 20% off all year long from "Yellowstone" star Cole Hauser's brew brand by verifying with ID.me. Also eligible for the 20% discount: military members.
  • The Good Feet Store: The retail chain, which has more than 250 locations, wants you to nominate education professionals – teachers, educators and other personnel including crossing guards – to win a personalized arch support system from The Good Feet Store. Submit applications online starting May 6 and through May 31. There may be one winner for each participating market (there's more than 75), and once selected, each winner will receive their own personalized arch support system.
  • The Greene Turtle: All faculty and staff with a valid ID get a free meal (value of up to $15) on Tuesday, May 7, for Teachers Appreciation Day.
  • Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream: Teachers get a 10% discount at participating locations from Monday to Friday, May 6-10.
  • Hat Creek Burger Company: All teachers and school staff get a free 6-piece order of nuggets on Tuesday, May 7 (just show a valid ID).
  • HTeaO: The iced tea chain will give teachers 50% off cups of tea from Monday, May 13, to Sunday, May 26, with a valid professional school ID.
  • Huddle House: Teachers get a free meal from Monday to Friday, May 6-10 (available for dine-in only at participating locations). Students can also nominate a teacher to win free meals for a year (award given at each participating location). Also, get a free kids meal with any purchase of $6 or more.
  • Insomnia Cookies: The Philadelphia-based late-night bakery chain with more than 240 locations is giving all teachers and school staff who show a valid ID a free Classic cookie in-store, no purchase necessary, all week beginning Monday, May 6. (Availability varies by location.)
  • Jeremiah's Italian Ice: Teachers get a free small treat of their choosing on Tuesday, May 7, for Teacher's Appreciation Day with a valid educational ID at purchase.
  • KIND Snacks: Teachers get 15% off their purchases on the website all year long. Customers just verify with ID.me at checkout.
  • Learning Resources: The educational toy maker has several classroom products at discounted prices for teachers including a Rainbow Sorting Set Classroom Edition ($42.63; 39% off), Letter Construction Set ($35.45; 11% off) and Weather Tracker Pocket Chart ($26.49; 5% off), all on Amazon.com.
  • Logan's Roadhouse: Teachers get 20% off their entrée this week. Just show your badge.
  • McAlister’s Deli: Teachers and educators can get free tea – either one big Sweet Tea, Unsweet Tea, ½ Sweet & ½ Unsweet Tea, or ½ Lemonade & ½ Sweet/Unsweet Tea (flavor shots excluded) – at McAlister's Deli from Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12, with your badge or ID. Offer valid in-store only; no purchase necessary.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill: Cater a Moe's Southwest Grill meal for teachers from Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12, and when you spend $300 or more, get a $50 E-gift card (use code THANKYOU24). Good at participating locations; not valid with other offers or third-party delivery. Doesn't include tax, tip and fees.
  • Noodles&Company: Parents, school administrators, and educators alike can get $15 off catering orders of $100 or more through May 17. Log into your Noodles Rewards account and use the code THANKSTEACHERS at checkout.
  • The Parking Spot: The parking company is giving teachers 25% off parking during their trips; just signup with an associated education email account.
  • Peter Piper Pizza: Teachers can get a free personal pizza every day Monday through Friday (May 6-10). Redemption is limited to once per day; valid teacher or nurse ID/credentials must be shown.
  • Postino: The restaurant chain, with more than 25 locations in five states, will give teachers its $25 Board and Bottle (bruschetta board, plus a bottle of wine) all day every day during the month of May with badge/ID. (The special is usually only available Monday and Tuesday 8 p.m. to closing.)
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works: Teachers get a free cookie or fountain drink with the purchase of an entrée by showing their ID Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12. Also, all customers can get free delivery on a catering order over $150.
  • Raising Cane's: The fast casual chain is giving 10 teachers an all-expenses-paid summer vacation. Teachers can enter the contest on RaisingCanesTASweepstakes.com Monday, May 6, to Friday, May 10. Winners get two round-trip tickets to any U.S. destination, two-night hotel stay and a $200 gift card.
  • Rock & Brews: Teachers get a free entrée with valid ID through Friday, May 10 (maximum value of $26.99) at the chain's Southern California locations (Corona, Buena Park, Redondo Beach, El Segundo and Tustin).
  • Salad and Go: Teachers get free hot or cold coffee Wednesday, May 8, to Friday, May 10, with purchase during breakfast hours (6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)
  • Salata Salad Kitchen: On Tuesday, May 7, educators get 20% off their order when they present their badge at checkout. Also from Monday to Friday (May 6-10) get 20% off catering orders of $200 or more, and get free delivery on orders through DoorDash.
  • Scholastic: The publisher has special deals and giveaways in its Scholastic Teacher Store and Book Clubs beginning Monday, May 6. And when you send a Scholastic eGift card through May 10, you'll be entered for a chance to win $550 of new books and resources for an educator of your choice.
  • Shipley Do-Nuts: Teachers who belong to the chain's Do-Happy loyalty program can get a free half-dozen box of glazed Do-nuts with any purchase on Monday, May 6.
  • SonicDrive-In: Educators enrolled in the Sonic Teachers’ Circle Rewards program can take advantage of several deals starting Monday, May 6, to May 20; they include BOGO free Sonic Blast, BOGO free entrée, free Sonic cheeseburger with any purchase, free Large Drink or Slush with any purchase, or free small side with any entrée. (To join the rewards program create an account in the Sonic app and select "I'm a teacher" in settings.) Also, from May 6-20, Sonic is donating a portion of every drink, slush, and shake sold to its Limeades for Learning program, which supports local public schools.
  • Staples: From Sunday, May 5, to Saturday, May 11, teachers can get free supply kits at Staples stores; kits include markers, pens, pencils, and glue. (20 kits per store while supplies last; limit 1 per teacher with teacher ID.) Teachers also get 20% off in-store purchases with their teacher ID at checkout.
  • Stitch Fix: The online personal styling service is giving educators $50 credit to refresh their wardrobe. Between now and May 12, go to the Stitch Fix web site to verify credentials and get a promo code to use before June 30.
  • tarte cosmetics: The beauty brand gives teachers and educators 40% off sitewide all year long.
  • TGI Fridays: Teachers get a free entrée on Tuesday, May 7, at participating locations; choices include a cheeseburger with fries, half rack of ribs with choice of side, and Caesar salad with grilled chicken.
  • The Halal Guys: Teachers get 10% off their meal from Wednesday, May 8, to Friday, May 10, on in-store orders, with proof of a valid teacher ID.
  • Twinkl: Teacher subscription service Twinkl has ideas on how to show appreciation for your favorite teachers and is giving teachers a free month trial of its education materials.
  • Whataburger: School employees can get a free Taquito, Breakfast on a Bun, or Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. local time Monday, May 6, to Friday, May 10 with ID.
  • Yogurtland: Through May 14, the frozen yogurt chain is offering free delivery on orders of more than $15 made through the website or mobile app (use code FREEDELIVERY).
  • Zaxby's: Teachers can buy one Boneless Wings Meal and get a second one free on May 7 at participating locations (redeemable through the Zaxby's app or website for Zax Rewardz members, while supplies last).
  • Zips Car Wash:Teachers can get a $5 "Pro" Wash at any Zips Car Wash or Rocket Express location across the country through May 19 with wash code 7652.

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Teacher Appreciation Week 2024: Freebies, deals, discounts for educators, plus gift ideas (2024)

FAQs

What week is teacher appreciation week in 2024? ›

National Teacher Day is May 7, 2024, and Teacher Appreciation Week runs Monday, May 6, to Friday, May 10. The idea for a week to honor teachers began more than 70 years ago with first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

How much should you give for Teacher Appreciation Week gift card? ›

“If your child has the teacher for just one period of the day, $10 to $20 is appropriate.” Melissa Verity Baral teaches kindergarten in Los Angeles and tells SheKnows that most parents give $25 to $50 gift cards.

Is it National Teacher Appreciation Week? ›

In the first full week of May each year, Teacher Appreciation Week is recognized nationally to express gratitude for the contributions educators make to support students' growth and academic achievement in the classroom and beyond.

What is the theme for Teacher Appreciation Week 2024? ›

National PTA is proud to celebrate the school community and excited to share Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6–10, 2024. The theme for this year is "Teachers are Shining Stars!" Making the world brighter, one student at a time, PTA will highlight the important role teachers play in shaping our children.

What are the appreciation days for 2024? ›

Appreciation Days & Weeks for Everyone Else
National Pride in Foodservice Week (February 5-9)Thank a Mail Carrier Day (February 4)
Public Service Recognition Week (May 5-11)Waitstaff Day (May 21)
Aviation Week (August 19-25)Housekeeping & Environmental Services Appreciation Week (September 9-13)
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What gift for Teacher Appreciation Day? ›

  • Pencil Bath Bomb. $7.95. Etsy.
  • Personalized Teacher Sign. $15.28. $19.10. Etsy.
  • "World's Best Teacher" Mug. $22.00. Rifle Paper Co. $27.00. ...
  • Teacher Bracelet. $25.00. Little Words Project.
  • Hand Cream Classics. $33.00. Amazon. ...
  • Solar-Powered Rainbow Maker. $37.50. $39.99. ...
  • Thank You Ray Garden. $38.00. Lula's Garden.
  • Thanks Candle. $30.40. $38.00.
May 2, 2024

Why was Teacher Appreciation Week moved? ›

In 1984, the National Parent Teacher Association designated the first week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week. Shortly after, Teacher Appreciation Day—which was originally celebrated in March—was moved to May to align with this week-long celebration.

Is a $10 gift card too cheap for teachers? ›

Choose an Amount Within Your Budget

It's not necessary. A $10 gift card can be just as special as a $50 gift card if you say the right words or pair the gift card with something meaningful.

Is a $25 gift card too cheap for teachers? ›

Price range for teacher gifts

“If your child has the teacher for just one period of the day, $10 to $20 is appropriate.” Melissa Verity Baral teaches kindergarten in Los Angeles and tells SheKnows that most parents give $25 to $50 gift cards.

Is a $25 gift card too cheap? ›

For co-workers, casual friends and your children's teachers, stay in the $10 to $20 range. Gift cards for close friends and family members can range from $25 to $100. When you're selecting a gift card for a spouse, parent or someone else who's very special, choose a card worth $75 or more.

Did Teacher Appreciation Week change? ›

BRIEF HISTORY

The National Education Association continued to observe National Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985. The National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

How does Teacher Appreciation Week work? ›

Literally every day is designated as some sort of holiday, and on the Tuesday of the first full week in May, teachers get their turn. Teacher Appreciation Day is a day to thank teachers for the selfless work they do all year long.

What to say about Teacher Appreciation Week? ›

Honor an Amazing Educator in Your Life

Educators, you are leading the way. Guiding and protecting; nurturing and supporting our precious students all across this nation. Every day, all day, you provide our students with the tools they need to build a future that will help them live into their wildest dreams.

Do you give gifts to teachers on Teacher Appreciation Week? ›

“When you have a lot of teachers, even a $5 Target or Amazon card is appreciated and adds up,” Clark tells SheKnows. “Gift cards are best unless you really know the teacher and what they like. Personalized stuff is cute, but it adds up fast.”

Do you give gifts for teacher appreciation week? ›

Why Do You Give a Gift for Teacher Appreciation Day? Championing Teacher Appreciation Week can help teach your children about the art of gift-giving while strengthening relationships between educators and parents. Plus, so many teachers go into their own pockets to pay for things throughout the year.

What is the perfect gift for teachers Day? ›

Custom Mugs

Custom coffee mugs are great gift ideas for your teachers. Whether they use them as desk accessories to hold pens and pencils or sip from it every morning to get their day going — mugs make great teacher keepsakes they will cherish for years to come.

What gift for teacher appreciation day? ›

  • Pencil Bath Bomb. $7.95. Etsy.
  • Personalized Teacher Sign. $15.28. $19.10. Etsy.
  • "World's Best Teacher" Mug. $22.00. Rifle Paper Co. $27.00. ...
  • Teacher Bracelet. $25.00. Little Words Project.
  • Hand Cream Classics. $33.00. Amazon. ...
  • Solar-Powered Rainbow Maker. $37.50. $39.99. ...
  • Thank You Ray Garden. $38.00. Lula's Garden.
  • Thanks Candle. $30.40. $38.00.
May 2, 2024

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