Businesses want to show teachers a little love.
For Teacher Appreciation Week, which kicks off Monday, some restaurants are offering free meals, buy-one-get-one free deals and discounts.
The biggest freebie day for educators is Tuesday, Teacher Appreciation Day, also called National Teachers Day.
And teachers won’t be the only ones being recognized. National Nurses Week also starts Monday and goes through May 12.
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.
These offers also require teachers to show a school ID.
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Some offers vary by location. Remember, to call ahead to confirm.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Through Friday, teachers, faculty and staff get a 20% off discount when they show a valid school ID. Dine-in only.
Bruegger’s Bagels: The bagel restaurant is giving all teachers a free medium drip or iced coffee with any purchase and valid ID through Friday.
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Through Friday, teachers dining in can get a free appetizer with the purchase of an adult entree. No coupon is needed.
Cotton Patch Café: Teachers who show their teacher ID “or spirit” get 20% through Friday.
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DiBella's Subs: Through Sunday, May 12, any teacher or nurse who shows their badge or proof of employment at DiBella's gets a free side and 20-ounce fountain drink with any sub or salad purchase.
Duffy's Sports Grill: Teachers get a $10 MVP Bonus loaded directly onto their MVP accounts during Teachers Appreciation Week through Friday when they show their faculty ID badge. Sign up for the MVP program at www.duffysmvp.com/mvp.
Giordano’s: Through Thursday, Giordano’s is offering 20% off any order with the code 656-263-214. The offer is dine-in and online and for both nurses and teachers.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: Teachers get a 15% discount through Friday with their ID on dine-in and takeout orders. Not valid in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Also, through May 10, nominate a teacher to win a pizza party at www.grimaldispizzeria.com/teachers. Winning teachers will be announced May 31.
Luna Grill: All teachers get 20% off any order with school ID Monday through Saturday.
McAlister’s Deli: Teachers get a free McAlister’s Deli Sweet Tea during Teacher Appreciation Week, Monday through Friday with a valid school ID.
Metro Diner: From Monday through Friday, teachers and school faculty members get 20% off their check.
Panera Florida: Through Friday, teachers get a free cup of coffee at select Florida locations when they sign up for a coupon and choose one of the participating locations at www.paneraflorida.com/teachersappreciation.
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Pei Wei: Through Friday, teachers get 33% off regular entrees when they present their teacher ID. This offer is only for in-restaurant purchases.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop: All teachers get a buy-one-get-one offer Monday through Sunday, May 12.
Roy Rogers Restaurants: Teachers with a valid teacher ID get a free milkshake or dessert with any purchase through Friday.
Sonic Drive-In: This Teacher Appreciation Month deal is for teachers and “those who appreciate them as much as Sonic does,” the fast-food chain says. From Tuesday through May 31, get a free Route 44 drink or slush with purchase when ordering on the restaurant’s app with promo code TEACHERS. Download the app at www.sonicdrivein.com/app.
Sky Zone: Participating locations are giving out free jump tickets to teachers and some are also giving tickets for free jumping to family members. Dates and specific offers vary. Find locations and look for offers at www.skyzone.com.
More deals: Smaller chains and locally-owned businesses also will have deals for teachers. Some franchises including Zaxby's and Culver's may also offer specials but it can vary by location. One of the easiest ways to find specials is by checking social media accounts.
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Friday, May 10
Pluckers Wing Bar: Teachers get a free appetizer and half-price glasses of wine Friday.
Salata Salad Kitchen: Teachers get a buy-one-get-one free offer Friday, May 10, on salads and wraps when they show their valid school ID. Teacher must be present and the free salad or wrap must be of equal or lesser value.
Wednesday, May 8
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes: Teachers text TEACH to 97455 and get a coupon for a free burger with purchase of fries and a drink or shake to redeem on Wednesday. School ID must be presented at ordering for this dine-in offer.
Tijuana Flats: Teachers get a free entrée Wednesday when they show valid school IDs. In-store only and excludes steak and fish dishes.
Tuesday, May 7
Arby's: Some locations are giving teachers and school administrators with ID a free sandwich Tuesday.
Chick-fil-A: There’s not a nationwide promotion but select locations are offering teachers a deal Tuesday and some locations are celebrating for a week. Either call your closest location or search individual restaurant's Facebook page.
Chipotle: Teachers, faculty and other school staff with a valid school ID can take advantage of a buy-one-get-one free offer from 3 p.m. to close Tuesday. The deal is on burritos, bowls, salads and orders of tacos and for in-restaurant orders only and available for educators at all levels. Learn more at www.chipotle.com/teachers.
The Greene Turtle: Teachers get a free $14 meal Tuesday with a valid school ID. Dine-in only.
Hopdoddy Burger Bar: Teachers get a free small shake Tuesday when they show their school ID.
Jeremiah’s Italian Ice: Teachers and educational staff get a free small menu item Tuesday with a valid school ID.
MOD Pizza: On Tuesday, teachers get a buy-one-get-one free deal on MOD-size pizza or salads with their school IDs on in-store orders.
Nando’s PERi-PERi: Teachers get a free flame-grilled chicken meal Tuesday at all 42 U.S. restaurants.
PDQ: Teachers get 50% off your entire order with a valid ID Tuesday.
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers: From 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, teachers and faculty get one free Box Combo when they present current school IDs.
Monday, May 6
Scooter’s Coffee: Teachers get half off any drink May 6 when they show proof.
A.C. Moore: The craft store usually offers teachers with an ID, pay stub or certificate, 15% off their entire sale and regular-price purchase. On Tuesday, they get 25% off and through Saturday, they get 20% off. Learn more at www.acmoore.com/teacher-appreciation.
Barnes & Noble: The retailer offers educators a 20% discount on qualifying purchases year-round with its free discount program.
Books-A-Million: With the free Educator’s Discount Program, teachers get a 20% discount on all items that they purchase in store and free online shipping. Request an educator discount card at www.booksamillion.com/educators.
Crayola: Through 10 a.m. May 13, Crayola is offering all teachers 15% off online with promo code THANKYOU. Some exclusions apply.
Michaels: Through Saturday, teachers get 20% off their entire purchase. The craft store's usual discount is 15% off an entire purchase including sale items with a valid school ID. Some exclusions apply. Learn more at www.michaels.com/teachers.
Rosetta Stone: For National Teacher Appreciation Week, the language learning software, is offering teachers a free three-month subscription to the Rosetta Stone app. Teachers need to send an email to email@example.com with the subject line National Teacher Appreciation Week to get the free code.
This story will be updated with additional deals. Businesses with 20 or more locations can submit information to be added here.
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