19 Deals and Freebies for Teacher Appreciation Week 2019


During Teacher Appreciation Week 2019, you’ll probably receive many “thank you’s” and gifts from your students — and rightfully so! But this is also a great time to take advantage of the discounts and freebies for teachers so you can do something nice for yourself. And if self-care isn’t a good enough reason to treat yourself this week, maybe science will do the trick. According to a survey of self-care studies in Scientific American, treating yourself kindly is a great way to help you achieve your goals and foster mental health.

So, what are you waiting for? Go out and be kind to yourself with these fun freebies and discounts!

Let them eat for free (or for heavily discounted prices)

First things first: where’s the free food? Answer: Probably just around the corner. We rounded up some of the best food deals available during Teacher Appreciation Week 2019. If you play your cards right, you might not have to pay for a meal all week!

  • Applebees: Stop by your neighborhood Applebees on May 6 for a free lunch or dinner. Don’t forget to bring your valid school ID to redeem this offer.
  • Bruegger’s Bagels: Need that boost of caffeine to get your day started — or keep it going? Make sure you stop by Bruegger’s Bagels May 6-10 to grab a free medium drip or iced coffee with any purchase when you present your valid school ID. Or, grab a group of friends and get $10 off a group order of $75 or more with the code TENOFF75.
  • Chick-fil-A: Who said there’s no such thing as free lunch? Chick-fil-A is offering a free sandwich on May 8 from 11 am – 8 pm when you show your valid Teacher ID.
  • Cicis Pizza: Nothing says “I appreciate you” better than a free, all-you-can-eat pizza buffet! Visit your local Cicis on May 7 with your valid school ID to get your free pizza eating experience.
  • McAlister’s Deli: If you love sweet tea, this is the week for you. Get free sweet tea from May 6-10 when you show your valid school ID.
  • McDonald’s: Get a free six-pack — of chicken nuggets — when you present your valid school ID during Teacher Appreciation Week 2019!

Insider tip: We bid you go on and conquer your Teacher Appreciation Week 2019 food tour. Just one small note: There’s no guarantee your local restaurants are participating in these Teacher Appreciation Week 2019 deals. If you want to be 100% sure, give them a call before you go or check out their Facebook page!

Spring into the new season with a wardrobe update

Teacher Appreciation Week 2019 is a great time to take advantage of teacher discounts, but most of these are actually available year-round! So, sign up for these discounts this week and reap the rewards for the rest of the year.

  • Banana Republic: Shopping in-store with your valid school ID? Get a casual 15% off all full-priced items.
  • Bonobos: This trendy men’s clothing company provides 15% off for all teachers. Get geared up with this exclusive offer.
  • Champion: Work out in style with this 10% discount available for both current and retired teachers.
  • Dress Barn: If you’re on the market for a new spring dress, you can get 15% off your purchases when you sign up for a teacher loyalty program. You must have your valid educator’s ID at checkout.
  • J. Crew and J. Crew Factory: When shopping in-store, try this trick: present your valid educator’s ID and get a magical 15% off.
  • Karen Kane: Feeling like a little online shopping? Karen Kane offers teachers 20% off online purchases when they verify their school affiliation.
  • Tommy Hilfiger: Unlock an exclusive teacher discount of 15% off your entire purchase. Just make sure you have your valid school ID!

Insider tip: As with all of the discounts, you’ll need to make sure you have a valid ID that proves your teacher status. Typically, a valid school ID should do the trick!

Random discounts on school supplies, travel, and more

Aside from free food and discounted clothes, there are dozens of other opportunities to cash in on Teacher Appreciation Week 2019. Here are a few ideas to investigate:

  • Colgate: The famous toothpaste brand will send teachers a box of free toothpaste and toothbrushes through their Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures classroom program. Help your students brush up on their toothbrushing techniques.
  • Container Store: Organize your life by filling out The Container Store Teacher Appreciation form to receive 10% off your purchase.
  • FedEx: Sign up for FedEx’s exclusive 15% off discount for teachers, administrators, and faculty. Sending packages has never been easier — or cheaper!
  • Michael’s: Feeling crafty? Head over to Michael’s and make sure you get your 15% off for being a teacher. The best part? The offer is valid year-round.
  • National Park Service: This is a gold mine for teachers. The National Parks Service offers free educational materials, virtual field trips, teacher workshops, summer programs, science labs, in-class activities, and much more for teachers. Make sure you give their website a browse.
  • SolidProfessor’s Technology Grant: We’re committed to equipping every school with our online CAD, CAM, BIM, and engineering process training. Through our Technology Grant, schools can receive SolidProfessor for up to 90% off the commercial price. Spoiler: This is an incredible deal for schools and we want everyone to take advantage of this program. Sign up to learn more by filling out the short form on our School page.

Insider tip: Many, many organizations offer some kind of discount for teachers; however, you usually have to ask or search online to learn about them. When in doubt, just give a store a call. Chances are, they’ll have some kind of discount they can offer.

Additional discounts and freebies to check out

Looking for even more opportunities for discounts and freebies? These websites can help point you in the right direction:

Kelly Mantick
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SolidProfessor academic content writer and amateur hula hooper