It's that time of the year where we honor our educators during Teacher Appreciation Week. To say thank you, many businesses are offering freebies and discounts.
The deals require a valid school ID and are subject to change.
Receive 15 percent off footwear items priced $39.99 or higher. Present your teacher ID or a pay-stub in a store.
Shop the Apple Store for Education, save up to $200 on a new Mac, and up to $30 on a new iPad. Education pricing is available to college students, students accepted to college, parents buying for college students, faculty, homeschool teachers, and staff at all grade levels.
Receive 15 percent off for teachers and students on full priced purchases. Offer valid at Banana Republic stores in the U.S. and Canada only. Must present valid student or teacher I.D. to redeem discount.
Barnes and Noble
With the B&N Educator Program, save 20 percent off the publisher's list price on all purchases for classroom use. Get up to 25 percent off the publisher's list price during Educator Appreciation Days. Receive valuable email offers and information on special educator events.
On May 2 from 6:00-10:30 a.m., receive one free Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis (3-count) or Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit, and from 10:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. receive one free Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich.
Teachers, faculty and staff get buy-one/get-one free on burritos, bowls, salads or tacos on May 2 from 3 p.m. to close.
Teachers get 15 percent off every day. Some exclusions apply, check with the store for details.
Teachers, faculty and staff get a free salad or wrap from 3-6 p.m. on May 3 through May 5.
On Teacher Appreciation Day, May 9, educators will be able to buy a pizza for only $4 at some locations.
Note: All deals are subject to change.
SAY THANK YOU WITH A HANDMADE GIFT
Celebrate teachers with homemade gifts
Teacher Appreciation Week is the perfect time to celebrate the lasting contributions teachers make daily in the lives of children. Ray Hernandez of Lakeshore Learning shared some fun and easy do-it-yourself gifts kids can make that teachers will really enjoy.
Directions: Hanging Crayon Frame
Step 1: Create a 9 in. x 7 in. cardboard frame with 4 in. x 6 in. window.
Step 2: Take sheet of rainbow scratch paper and punch two holes in top corners, then tie ribbon through.
Step 3: Glue rainbow scratch paper to cardboard.
Step 4: Write a thoughtful message to your teacher or include a quote about teachers.
Step 4: Glue down crayons to cover the cardboard. You can use your school's colors or all the colors - it's up to you! You may have to trim some of the crayons to fit on the frame. Let it dry!
Check out other DIY projects for Teacher Appreciation Week:
School Supply Caddy - Teachers always needs supplies. Gather a bunch of school essentials (pencils, markers, stickers, glue) and create a thoughtful gift teachers will love--and use! Add a ribbon and a cute message or personalize with your teacher's name!
Flower Bouquet with Magnetic Letters - Here's a practical gift that teachers will really appreciate. Fill a mason jar with our magnetic letters, add fresh flowers and a bright ribbon. The best partteachers can use the letters on their classroom whiteboards or any magnetic surface!
Bundle up Some Books - Teachers always need more books for the reading corners or libraries. Bundle some of your favorites and place in colorful neon book bins! They'll love being able to use the bins to keep this area organized!
Memory Book - Nothing says "thank you" like fond memories from students. Grab a blank hardcover book and have students fill it with memories from the school year. They can write messages, draw pictures, create collages, paste photos and more. A heart-warming gift teachers will cherish!
Lakeshore Learning has three locations in the Chicagoland area: Chicago, Palatine and Orland Park. Check out Free Crafts for Kids on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more at www.lakeshorelearning.com.