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Teacher Appreciation Discounts 2021

by Lacy Saye

Traveling teachers are appreciated for their service to our students.

At School Tours of America, we understand that teachers are the heroes of daily life and the challenges of the past year have made their impact clearer than ever. Many restaurants and small businesses across the nation are recognizing our heroes in 2021 with Teacher Appreciation freebies, offers, and discounts. To help you benefit the most from these specials, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites. Check them out!

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Restaurant & grocery discounts

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant: On May 4, all teachers and school staff members will receive 20 % off their entire check with proof of valid teaching or school I.D.

Costco: Not a Costco Member yet? Now may be the time to become a member, teachers get a $20 Costco card with new membership.

McAlister's Deli: Free Tea May 3 - 7, also nominate a teacher or nurse to receive free catering for them and their work family. Nominees also get a free tea.

Jimmie John's: Now through June 13, guests can get $5 off orders of $20 or more spent at Jimmy John's with the promo code 5OFF20 when placing online orders.

Insomnia Cookies: If you fall in a celebrated group during Teacher Appreciation Week, Nurse Appreciation Week, or Mother's Day, you can get a free cookie. Alternatively, you can get a free six-pack with any $5 purchase. Both offers are in-store only.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria: May 3-7, teachers and nurses get 15% off their order when they show an ID.

Curry Up Now: Every Tuesday through May 25 are Teacher Tuesdays! Teachers and school staff receive a free bowl or burrito at participating locations. Just show your school ID when ordering in-person.

O'Charley's Restaurant & Bar: Educators can save 15% ordering online by using the code "7832."

Sonic Drive-in: May 2-9, teachers receive a free large drink or Slush with any purchase when they use the code "TEACHERS" while ordering online or through the Sonic app. On May 4, Sonic is celebrating education with a $1.5 million donation match to help public school teachers fund their learning requests on DonorsChoose.


Discounts on décor, art supplies and more

Joann: Save 15% off each order when you sign up for JoAnn’s Teacher Rewards Program. That’s every purchase, every day!

Michael’s: Teachers receive a 15% discount when you sign up for the Michael’s rewards program.

Office Depot: Through their Star Teacher Program, Office Depot offers many savings opportunities for teachers, including 15% off design, print and shop purchases. Additionally, Office Depot is offering up to 25% back on rewards this week only, learn more here.

Staples: Receive 20% off in-store purchases when you present a valid school ID, May 2-9 only.

The Container Store: The Organized Teacher program offers educators discounts throughout the year. Sign up to receive discounts that can be used online.


Discounts on books, software and apps

Adobe Creative Cloud: Teachers and students can save over 60% off Creative Cloud for one year!

Apple: Save on Apple products with special education pricing, this offer is good for students too.

Barnes & Noble: Educator’s can save up to 20% off listings for classroom use through their Educator program.

Half Price Books: Educator’s can save 10% off purchases year-round with their Educator Discount card.

Headspace: K-12 teachers, administrators and supporting staff get a free year of this mindfulness app! Something we can totally wrap our brains around.

Microsoft: Educators and students can receive Office 365 Education for free with a valid school email as well as 10% off Surface devices.

Samsung: Join Samsung’s Education Discount Program and receive up to 30% off some of their products

Scholastic Books: Teachers receive free books, a Classroom Library Kit and more through the Scholastic Book Club.

Western Digital Store: Receive a 15% off coupon once you verify you’re an educator.


Discounts on art, movies and news

Art Institute of Chicago: Free admission to all Illinois educators, complete a request here.

AMC Theatres: 35% off once verified through

Cinemark Theaters: 20% off ticket price unlocked through

New York Times: Educators can receive 50% off print and digital subscriptions.

The Washington Post: The Post offers an academic rate for educators, students and staff to receive 50% off a subscription.


Deals on luggage and rentals

Budget Rental Truck: Every day of the year, Budget Rentals offers educators a 20% discount for local moves, and 15% off one-way moves.

Eagle Creek: Enjoy 20% off travel gear and supplies.

JanSport: Unlock a 20% discount on backpacks and other gear. Offer is good for students and teachers.

Vera Bradley: 15% off appreciation discount for teachers, nurses, first responders and military personnel.

VRBO: Many vacation rentals offer educator discounts just in time to book your summer vacation! Check individual listings to see what applies.


Adidas: Educators can unlock 30% off purchases once verifying their status through

Bonobos: 20% off for teachers once your eligibility is verified.

Chaco: Unlock 20% off this comfortable footwear through

Madewell: Show your school ID in-store and receive a 15% discount or verify your status as an educator to receive your discount digitally .

Reebok: Teachers are eligible to receive a 30% online only discount, verified through

Saucony: Join their exclusive program and receive 20% off your purchase.

Toms: Teachers and students can enjoy 10% off these lovable shoes.  

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week from your friends at School Tours of America! We hope you're getting all the deals you deserve!

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