From navigating classroom "Zoom bombings" to supporting students with no internet connection, this year, teachers across the nation have been stepping up in greater ways due to the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone, even businesses, has taken notice.
For Teacher Appreciation Week, which begins May 4 and extends through May 8, some restaurants are offering from pizza buffets to cellphone plans in order to spread the love.
Dates of the offers and participation can vary by location. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant's app or be signed up for emails.
In some cases, a valid teacher ID is required to get a hold of the freebie or the Teacher Appreciation discount. (Sorry, parents and guardians who have been doubling as teachers at home. You're eligible only where indicated.)
Teacher Appreciation Week deals
Barnes & Noble: The bookstore is offering discounts of up to 25% off the publisher’s list price during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Bruegger’s Bagels: Bruegger’s is offering 20% off all gift card purchases next week from May 4-10.
Chicken Salad Chick: Chicken Salad Chick is awarding free chicken salad for a year. Students, families and staff members can nominate a teacher in the comments on local store Facebook pages now through May 3.
Cicis Pizza: From May 5-10, guests can purchase large specialty pizzas at participating locations for $5.99 online. The deal can be found at www.cicis.com/offers and excludes the meat eater, supreme and zesty veggie pizzas.
Costco: Teachers can join Costco as a new member and receive a $30 Costco Shop Card. Educators can visit Costco's discount page.
D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches: For Teachers Appreciation Week, educators can receive 20% off an entire order with the code 7537.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: People who want to show their appreciation to teachers can gift them a treat from Einstein Bros. Bagels. The company is offering selected bagel gifts available to send to all the new teachers. Customers can gift bagels via Door Dash. Homeschooling parents are included.
Michaels: Teachers can get 20% off their entire purchase during the week of May 3-9.
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes: Teachers can get $3 off a purchase of $10 or more using coupon code THANKS for and online orders only from May 4-8.
Papa Gino's Pizzeria: Get 15% off online orders by using the code 7832. You can order by visiting papaginos.com/
Pieology Pizzeria: People can now easily send their favorite teacher a 1-2 person Pieology Care Pack that includes two 3-topping pizzas made with their famous for only $14.99. To send a Pieology Care Pack, visit pieolo.gy/sendlove.
Pinkberry: Teachers will receive 50% off any swirl, one per person, per visit, with valid ID, the week of May 3-9t.
SONIC: Guests can use the SONIC app for contactless ordering and enter promo code “TEACHERS” to enjoy a free Large Drink or Slush with purchase, May 4-8 at any drive-in. Download the app here.
Royal Hawaiian Orchards: Teachers can visit royalhawaiianorchards.com and use the code HEROES. Active May 4-17 No ID required, all nurses, homeschooling parents, teachers are welcome and encouraged!
Verizon: Teachers can get an unlimited plan discount starting from $10 a month per account to $20 a month per account. Customers can apply online through Verizon's discount page.
This story will be updated with additional deals. Businesses with 20 or more locations can submit information to be added here.