Apples, Shmapples: Here Are Some Awesome Treats for Teachers for Appreciation Week

In honor of teachers, companies are offering an array of discounts this week and beyond. Here’s a roundup of some of the best we found.

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May 5, 2014· 2 MIN READ
Suzi Parker is a regular contributor to TakePart. Her work also appears in The Christian Science Monitor and Reuters.

Teachers should be appreciated 365 days a year, right? While we know that’s not the case often enough, this week is all about teachers. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, in proclaiming May 6–10 Teacher Appreciation Week, said, “Teachers are central to every single community in America. Each day, teachers come to school ready to tackle a job that is critically important, extraordinarily complex, often joyful, and, at times, heartbreaking. In essence, teachers help others to become their best selves, and I can think of no more important work.”

Indeed, the 3.2 million teachers in the United States often put in countless hours that are never compensated, inspire millions of students to reach for the stars, and help prepare them for a future in which technology is ever-changing.

In honor of teachers, companies are offering an array of discounts this week and beyond. Here’s a roundup of some of the best we found.

School Supplies Galore

Are you an educator in need of bilingual books? Read Conmigo, sponsored by Infinity Auto Insurance, is a literacy program that promotes English-Spanish bilingualism. Teachers can sign up on the Read Conmigo website (anytime—not just during Teacher Appreciation Week), and they in turn will receive a free packet of books for the classroom and teaching materials, such as videos and teacher guides.

Every day is Teacher Appreciation Day at Barnes & Noble. The Barnes & Noble Educator Program offers 20 percent off the publisher’s list price on all purchases for classroom use. Books-a-Million also offers savings for teachers and free express shipping for online orders.

Educators receive 15 percent off most products and services from FedEx. At Office Depot, teachers can sign up for a Star Teacher Card and receive 15 percent back in rewards on qualifying design, print, and ship services. They also can earn 5 percent bonus rewards on qualifying purchases of more than $200.

Heres the School Dress Code...for Discounts

From May 1–7 teachers with a valid ID receive 30 percent off clothing and accessory purchases at New York & Company. They can also sign up for the Teacher Program and get a 15 percent discount all year. Banana Republic, J.Crew, Ann Taylor LOFT, Talbots, J. Jill, and The Limited offer a 15 percent discount off full-priced purchases in stores every day for teachers.

Extra Guacamole, Please

Taco Tuesday just got better for teachers who visit any Chipotle on May 6. Show up at any Chipotle in the United States with a valid school faculty ID from 4 p.m. to closing time, and receive a buy-one-get-one-free meal.

Time for a Field Trip

Did you know that the National Parks Service gives teachers a 15 percent discount on purchases they make at parks? At Legoland in California and Florida, teachers get in for free.

Get Out the Glue Gun

Teachers often spend out of their own pockets for art supplies. Many craft and fabric stores want to help teachers year-round by giving them discounts. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores offers teachers a discount card for 15 percent off every purchase, as do Michaels and Lakeshore Learning Store.

Talk Cheap

Several cell phone providers give teachers discounts, including AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint—all offer 15 percent off monthly services. Pure Talks, a cell phone plan provider that offers no-contract cell phone plans nationally, is offering teachers 20 percent off the first month’s service. Teachers just need to enter the promo code TEACH20 at checkout online.

If you know a teacher, be sure to say thank you this week.