teacher appreciation week freebies

We owe teachers so much thanks and gratitude for their daily encouragement and interaction teaching our children. Fortunately, there’s a chance to show our gratitude every year during Teacher’s Appreciation Week, which takes place May 7-11 in 2018 and is headlined by National Teacher Day May 8.

Several Houston businesses are recognizing Teacher Appreciation Day with deals or freebies. Here are the top Teacher’s Appreciation deals and freebies:

Top Pick

SeaWorld — Texas teachers can play at SeaWorld San Antonio with free unlimited admission through January 6, 2019, thanks to the Teacher Appreciation Fun Card. This is for Pre-K through 12th grade active and certified teachers. A third-party company (ID.me) provides online verification of Pre-K – 12th grade Texas school teachers. A Department of Education number is required. Sign up online at SeaWorld. Register for this opportunity by May 31, 2018.


3Hues Painting Studio– $5 Gift Certificate. Use the code PAINT to register for any class on the schedule. Bring your teacher ID to check in. Click here to learn more.

Adobe Education Store — Teachers can get 80% off Adobe products when purchasing programs for personal use. This deal is available year round.

Apple — Teachers of all grade levels can get special pricing on Apple computers, tablets, software, and other products.

Banana Republic — Enjoy 15% off full priced items when you show your teacher ID at any Banana Republic.

Barnes & Noble — The popular bookstore chain has a year-round Teacher Appreciation program that gives educators 20% off the list price on all purchases for classroom use. And on Educator Appreciation Days, teachers get 25% off.

Chick-fil-A(note: this deal was offered in 2017. They haven’t confirmed if it will be available in 2018 yet.) Houston-area locations are spoiling teachers with free chicken menu items May 8, 6 am – 8 pm. Teachers can enjoy free Chick-n-Minis (3-count) or Chicken Biscuit from 6 am – 10:30 am or a free Chick-fil-A sandwich from 10:30 am – 8 pm. No coupon required. No purchase necessary. Valid ID required.

Chipotle — It’s a buy-one, get-one free deal at Chipotle May 8 for teachers, faculty and staff members. From 3 pm to close, educators can get a free burrito, bowl, taco or salad with purchase of another. Valid ID required. One per person.

CiCi’s Pizza — Teachers eat free on Wednesday, May 9th at participating CiCi’s location.

Container Store — Teachers can get discounts all year long at The Container Store, providing a great way to organize and decorate a classroom. Click here to learn more.

Dell — Teachers can save big on computers, software, and other products from Dell.

FedEx — Teachers get 15% off most products and services at FedEx Office locations.

Half Price Books — All year long, Half Price Books gives teachers 10% off their purchases with their Educator Discount Card.

J. Crew — Take your teacher ID to J. Crew for 15% off all full priced items.

Marble Slab — Bring your teacher ID into a participating location by May 11 for $2 off your purchase. More info here.

McDonald’s —  (note: this deal was offered in 2017. They haven’t confirmed if it will be available in 2018 yet.) Select McDonald’s locations offer a free 6 piece Chicken McNugget meal and/or free premium coffee drink for teachers. Check your local restaurant for info on any Teacher Appreciation Day deals and freebies being offered.

Orangetheory Fitness — All teachers can present their teacher I.D. to the front desk at any of the 14 Houston-area Orangetheory Fitness studios to receive a free OTF water bottle or workout towel during the special appreciation week!

PDQ(note: this deal was offered in 2017. They haven’t confirmed if it will be available in 2018 yet.)  Teachers will be celebrated at PDQ with 50% off your entire purchase all day. Valid school ID required.

Pluckers — Every Friday from 3 pm to 7 pm, bring in your teacher ID to get free appetizers.

Salata — (note: this deal was offered in 2017. They haven’t confirmed if it will be available in 2018 yet.) Teachers and faculty can get a free salad or wrap from 3 to 6 pm on select days during Teacher Appreciation Week.  

Society of Performing Arts — Teachers can receive discounts up to 50% off select evening performances year round with the Society of Performing Arts (SPA) Teacher Club. To join, complete the form on the SPA website. Once teachers have received an email confirmation, Teachers can mention the club membership when purchasing tickets by phone to get the deal. Limit two tickets per person, per performance.

Uberrito — Get a free burrito, bowl, salad, or nachos on May 8 if you bring in your school ID. This deal is good for all teachers, faculty, and staff.