• Teacher Appreciation Week 2019: Here's a list of deals and freebies for the nation's educators

    By: Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    National Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner, May 6-10, and many businesses have announced deals and freebies for the country’s educators.

    This year, companies are offering discounts up to 25 percent on such items as books, supplies, apparel and car rentals.

    Note: Some of the deals listed may not be available at all locations. Check with local retailers. Also, deals require that you verify you are an educator or, in some cases, a retired educator.

    Need some last-minute Teacher Appreciation Week ideas? Click here for some help.

    Apparel discounts 

    • Ann Taylor LOFT: Teachers get 15% off all full-priced items.
    • Belk: Teachers can get up to 20% off select purchases at Belk every Tuesday. Exclusions apply.
    • Banana Republic: Get 15% off full-priced in-store purchases.
    • Champion: Get a 10% discount if you are an active or retired teacher. Identification must be verified through TeacherID.
    • Christopher and Banks: Teachers receive 10% off select in-store purchases.
    • Cole Haan: Get a 15% discount on select orders to teachers. For online orders, register with your .edu email account to receive discount. For in-store purchases, present a valid ID.
    • Crocs: Crocs offers discounts on select shoes for teachers.
    • DiscountGlasses.com: Get 30% off with the promo code HEARTTEACHERS. The discount is valid May 6-10.
    • DiscountContactLenses.com Get 15% off with the promo code HEARTTEACHERS. The discount is valid May 6-10.
    • Dressbarn: Get a 15% discount on in-store purchases when you sign up for the Dressbarn loyalty program. Present a valid educator’s ID during checkout.
    • Hanes: Hanes offers a 10% discount to current and retired teachers who verify their identity through TeacherID.
    • J.Crew: Get a 15% discount on in-store purchases when you present proper ID at checkout. Exclusions apply.
    • JustMySize: JustMySize offers a 10% discount to current and retired teachers. Identification must be verified through TeacherID.
    • Karen Kane: Karen Kane offers 20% off online purchases to teachers. School affiliation must be verified.
    • Madewell: Madewell offers 15% off in-store purchases. Present a valid teacher ID at checkout.
    • OneHanesPlace: Get a 10% teacher discount if you are a current or retired teacher who can verify your identity through TeacherID.
    • Reebok: Teachers can get a 20% discount from Reebok when they verify their status using ID.me.
    • South Moon Under: South Moon Under offers a 10% discount on in-store and online purchases.

    Book discounts 

    • Barnes & Noble: Barnes & Noble offers a 25% discount on in-store purchases plus 10% off cafe treats for teachers.
    • Bookmans: Get a 20% discount on all purchases when teachers sign up for the Project: Educate program.
    • First Book: Get up to 50% off retail book prices.
    • Half Price Books: Teachers who sign up for an Educator Discount Card get a 10% discount year-round.
    • Quail Ridge Books: Quail Ridge Books offers 10% off personal purchases, 21% off books purchased for classroom purposes and 30% off New York Times best-selling hardcover books.
    • Thrift Books: Thrift Books offers a 15% discount on all used class book sets. Use the promo code APPLE. Exclusions apply.

    Craft discounts 

    • A.C. Moore: Sign up for the Loyalty Program to get savings and rewards when purchasing crafting materials.
    • Jo-Ann Fabric: Get a 15% discount on in-store and online orders. Teachers must have a valid ID.
    • Michaels: Michaels offers a 15% discount on in-store purchases for teachers who present a valid ID.
    • Printastic: Printastic offers teachers discounts on signs and banners.
    • Strictly for Kids Store: Strictly For Kids offers discounted learning tools.

    Food deals– Remember, some restaurant chains do not participate in Teacher Appreciation discounts and deals. Check with your local restaurant before you go. Also, restrictions often apply on the deals.

    • Arby's: Teachers and school administrators at some locations can get a free sandwich with school ID on Tuesday.
    • Bruegger’s Bagels: Teachers get a free medium drip or iced coffee with any purchase through Friday. ID is required.
    • Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Through Friday, teachers can get a free appetizer with the purchase of an adult entree. Dine-in only. No coupon necessary. 
    • Chipotle: Get a buy-one-get-one free offer from 3 p.m. to close Tuesday. Teachers, faculty and other school staff with a valid school ID can get the deal on tacos, bowls, burritos and salads for in-restaurant orders only.
    • Cicis: School staff can get a fee adult buffet with a valid school ID and this coupon.
    • Giordano’s: Through Thursday, Giordano’s is offering 20% off any order with the code 656-263-214. The offer applies for both dine-in and online orders. 
    • The Greene Turtle: Teachers get a free $14 meal Tuesday with a valid school ID. Dine-in only.
    • Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Teachers get a 15% discount through Friday on dine-in and takeout orders. Not valid in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Must have school ID.
    • Hopdoddy Burger Bar: Get a free small shake Tuesday. You must show school ID.
    • Jeremiah’s Italian Ice: School staffers get a free small menu item Tuesday with a school ID.
    • Luna Grill: Get 20% off any order with school ID through Saturday.
    • McAlister’s Deli: Teachers get a free McAlister’s Deli Sweet Tea through Friday with a valid school ID.
    • Metro Diner: Through Friday, school staff gets 20% off their check. Must have school ID.
    • MOD Pizza: Get a buy-one-get-one free deal on MOD-size pizza or salads with their school IDs on in-store orders Tuesday.
    • MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes: Text TEACH to 97455 to get a coupon for a free burger when you buy fries and a drink or shake. You can redeem the coupon on Wednesday. The offer is for dine-in eating and you must show your school ID.
    • Nando’s PERi-PERi: Teachers get a free flame-grilled chicken meal Tuesday,
    • PDQ: Teachers get 50% off their entire order Tuesday when they show their school ID.
    • Pei Wei: Through Friday, teachers get 33% off regular entrees for in-restaurant purchases. You must show your school ID.
    • Pluckers Wing Bar: Teachers can get a glass of wine at half price and a free appetizer on Friday.
    • Potbelly Sandwich Shop: All teachers can get a buy-one-get-one offer through Sunday.
    • Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers: Teachers and school faculty get one free Box Combo on Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. when they show their school ID.
    • Roy Rogers Restaurants: Get a free milkshake or dessert with any purchase through Friday when you show your school ID.
    • Salata Salad Kitchen: Get a buy-one-get-one free offer on salads and wraps on Friday. Must show school ID. The free salad or wrap must be of equal or lesser value.
    • Slim Chickens: Teachers get a 20% discount and a free cookie with dine-in and drive-thru orders on Tuesday with a school ID.
    • Sonic Drive-In: Through May 31, get a free Route 44 drink or slush with purchase when ordering on the restaurant’s app. Use the promo code TEACHERS. Click here to download the app.

    Home discounts

    • E-Z UP: Teachers can get up to 30% off E-Z UP Instant Shelter products.
    • Overstock.com: Overstock.com offers free Club O Gold memberships to teachers. Verify eligibility through TeacherID.

    Supplies and classroom materials discounts 

    • Academic Superstore: Teachers can get discounts on school supplies all year. Valid ID is required.
    • Apple Store for Education: Get discounted rates on Mac, iPad and other Apple accessories.
    • AT&T: Get discounts on monthly phone service plans through AT&T’s Signature Discount Program. 
    • Container Store: Use the Organized Teacher Discount Program to get discounts through Dec. 31, 2019.
    • CoolFrames.com: Get $20 off purchases over $200. Verification through ID.me. is required.
    • Costco: Purchase Costco Membership Activation Certificates to join Costco as a new member and receive more than $60 in savings.
    • Crayola  Use promo code THANKYOU when you go to Crayola.com to get 15% off your purchase. The deal is valid through Monday at 10 a.m. 
    • Curious Chef: If you teach cooking, Curious Chef offers educator discounts on bulk kitchen products. Restrictions apply, and you must verify the program.
    • Dick Blick Art Supplies: Dick Blick offers discounts and free lesson plans to U.S. teachers.
    • Discount School Supply: Get discounted teaching tools and school supplies.
    • Dollar Days: Dollar Days offers wholesale discounted prices on classroom supplies. For additional discounts, call 877-837-9569 or email sales@dollardays.com.
    • Dramatists Play Service: Order 20 or more copies of a play and Dramatists Play Service will give you a 10% educator discount.
    • Home Depot: Public school teachers can apply for a tax-free exemption on classroom purchases at Home Depot.
    • Izzit: Get one free educational DVD every year school year at Izzit.
    • K12 School Supplies: Get a 30% to 80% discount on closeout and clearance school supplies for educators.
    • Kiwi Crate: Buy 10 items or more and get a discount from Kiwi Crate.
    • LakeShore Learning: LakeShore Learning offers U.S. teachers 15% off in-store purchases after joining the LakeShore Learning Teacher’s Club.
    • Naked Binder: Naked Binder offers discounts on nontoxic, environmentally safe products. Contact Naked Binder for details.
    • Oriental Trading: Oriental Trading offers reduced pricing on select teaching supplies and stationery.
    • PBS: PBS offers teachers free access to digital curriculum-based resources through PBS Learning Media.
    • Pencils.com: Get 10% off all orders with valid teacher identification.
    • Silhouette: Get discounts on the Silhouette cutting machine and its products by sending your account address, school name and location, and teaching certificate to education@silhouetteamerica.com.
    • Speed Stacks: Teachers can sign up to receive one free Speed Stack set for educational purposes. Restrictions apply.
    • Squiggle Park: Squiggle Park offers discounts on educational resources, printouts and teaching plans.
    • Yoobi: Yoobi donates Classroom Packs through the Kids In Need Foundation’s network of Teacher Resource Centers. The packs include pencils, crayons, folders and other items.

    Travel discounts 

    • Aqua Aston Hotels & Resorts: Teachers get a discount at Aqua Aston Hotels. Use promo code GOV.
    • Bally’s Atlantic City: Get a 10% discount off your stay. Identification must be verified through ID.me.
    • Bally’s Las Vegas: Bally’s Las Vegas offers teachers 10% off their stay using ID.me.
    • Caesar’s Palace: Teachers get 10% off at Caesar’s Palace. Identification must be verified through ID.me.
    • Cheeca Lodge & Spa: Get 10% off the Cheeca Lodge & Spa in Florida if you are a teacher with a valid ID. Available online.
    • Contiki: Get up to $75 off trips that last for several days or more with a valid ID. Restrictions apply.
    • Cromwell: Get a 10% discount at properties in the U.S. Identification must be verified through ID.me.
    • Enclave Hotel and Suites: The Enclave Hotel and Suites offers an exclusive 25% educator discount.
    • Flamingo: Flamingo offers a 10% discount for teachers. Identification must be verified through ID.me.
    • Grande Shores: Teachers can get a discounted room rate at Grande Shores Ocean Resort with valid proof of employment.
    • Hampton Inn & Suites: Get a discount with a valid educators ID. Available in participating locations only.
    • Harrah’s Resort: Get a 10% discount with identification through TeacherID.
    • Hawk’s Cay Resort: Get a 15% discount on accommodations as part of a Teacher Appreciation special package.
    • Howard Johnson Hotels: Teachers are eligible for government employee rates at participating Howard Johnson hotels.
    • Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa: Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa offers discounts to teachers. 
    • LINQ: The LINQ offers a 10% discount to teachers. You must verify your identity through TeacherID.
    • Mermaid Cottages: Mermaid Cottages offers a 5% discount to teachers who use the code “Educator” when booking a reservation.
    • MSC Cruises: MSC offers public school teachers with valid ID up to 10% off staterooms at MSC Cruises. Restrictions apply.
    • Planet Hollywood Resort: Planet Hollywood Resort offers teachers a 10% discount once identification is verified through ID.me.
    • Stay Sky Suites: Stay Sky Suites Orlando offers teachers a discount with a valid educator identification.
    • Swan and Dolphin Resort, Walt Disney World: The Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World offers teachers special teacher room rates with a valid teacher identification. Make your reservation online or call 1-888-828-8850.
    • Tradewinds Resort: Tradewinds Resort offers a 10% discount to U.S. teachers with valid teacher identification.
    • VacationsToGo: VacationsToGo.com offers limited-time vacation cruise line deals to certain regions to retired and active teachers. Valid educator ID is required.
    • Wyndham Hotel Group: Wyndham Hotel Group offers special discounted rates to public school teachers. Book online or call 1-800-407-9832. 

    Vehicle rental discounts 

    • Alamo Car Rental: Alamo Car Rental offers a $25 car rental discount to members of the American Federation of Teachers.
    • Budget Truck Rental: Use TEACH to get a 20% truck rental discount on local moves and a 15% discount on one-way moves.
    • E-Z Rent-A-Car: E-Z Rent-A-Car offers a 10% discount to teachers with valid ID. Use the promo code 827B9.
    • National Car Rental: U.S. teachers can apply for government employee discounts. A valid ID is required.
    • Sixt Rent a Car: Sixt Rent a Car offers teachers a 5% discount on prepaid car rentals. Restrictions apply.

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