Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
Teaching is one of the most difficult jobs on Earth. It’s emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausting.
There were days when I spent my prep hour curled up on the floor under my desk with a blanket and a pillow napping. And yes, I did keep a blanket and a pillow in my classroom just for me.
By the time May rolls around, I typically felt pretty haggard. It’s almost as if the teaching gods knew what they were doing when they set the date for Teacher Appreciation Week.
If you’ve been buried under papers to grade and haven’t already jotted these dates in your planner, Teacher Appreciation Week is Monday, May 1st– Friday, May 5th.
One thing teachers know very well that students might not be as aware of is that a genuinely thoughtful, handwritten note of appreciation has the power to lift a teacher up like nothing else.
I still have a binder filled with every single note my former students wrote to me. This binder was a lifeline for me on those rough days when I thought about throwing in the towel.
Nothing can make a teacher feel appreciated the way a note from a grateful student can.
That all being said, stuff is pretty cool.
What I quickly found out is that businesses were excited to show us teachers a little love, too, on Teacher Appreciation Day.
Here at LeadershipYOU, we try to show our appreciation for teachers all year long by offering free lesson plans, free leadership videos, and blog posts just for teachers. If you haven’t already checked them out, you definitely should.
I’ve also compiled a list for you all with some of my other favorite giveaways/ discounts for teachers, some of which are good beyond Teacher Appreciation Day.
Show yourself some love this Teacher Appreciation Week! You certainly deserve it.
2017 Teacher Appreciation Day Deals and Freebies
- 1-800-FLOWERS: 20% off for teachers! 1
- Banana Republic: 15% discount off regular-priced, in-store purchases any time when you present a valid teacher ID, and not just during Teacher Appreciation Week. Just another reason we love Banana Republic. 1
- Barnes & Noble: 20% off the publisher’s list price for all purchases for classroom use. Save 25% on educator appreciation days. 2
- Big Lots: Check this superstore’s site for up-to-date teacher discounts. 2
- Chick-fil-A: Deal and offers vary by location. Check with your local restaurant. 3
- Chipotle: BOGO free deal on burritos, bowls, salads and tacos. This offer is valid at participating locations from 3 p.m. until close. 3
- Coffee Bean & Tea Co: $2 off any 16-ounce beverage with a valid teacher ID. 2
- The Container Store: Their Organized Teacher Program will give educators discounts throughout the year. 2
- Hertz: 25% off every rental for National Education Association members.
- Hobby Lobby: 10% off your total order year-round, but only if you pay with an organizational check or credit card (i.e. a school credit card). 2
- J. Crew: Save 15 percent off when you shop in-store at J. Crew and J. Crew Factory with a valid school ID, all year round! 2
- Jill: 15% off in-store with a valid ID. 1
- JoAnn Fabrics: Sign up for a Teacher Rewards Card and save 15 percent on every purchase with Teacher ID. 2
- Lakeshore Learning: 15% off in-store purchases for Teacher’s Club members. 2
- The Limited: Shop in-store and show your teacher ID for a 15 percent discount on your purchases.
- LOFT: 15% percent off regular priced purchases every day; must sign up for LOFT Loves Teachers program. 1
- Madewell: 15% percent off your in-store purchases; must show a school ID. 2
- McDonalds: Teacher Appreciation Day deals appears to vary by location. Check with your local restaurant for more details. Ours gave out free McCafe coffees! 3
- Michael’s: 15% off items designed for the classroom. Purchases must be made in-person.
- Talbot’s: 15% off in-store purchases with a valid teacher ID. 2
- Party City: 20% off party supplies. 2
- West Elm- 15% off, and not just on Teacher Appreciation Week! 2
Thank you, again, for all that you do for your students. Know that you are appreciated this week, and every week.
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