Teacher Appreciation 2015
Stores and restaurants nationwide are offering discounts and free food to teachers May 5. Pictured: Oxford Street shoppers in London carry shopping bags ahead of Christmas 2013. Getty

This week is all about teachers. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day/Week 2015, dozens of retail locations and restaurant chains nationwide -- not including Chipotle and its free burrito giveaway, much to the dismay of teachers everywhere -- are offering free and/or heavily discounted products to educators on May 5. Below are 12 businesses participating in this year's celebration. Keep in mind that most locations require teachers to provide a valid teacher ID or other proof of employment.



Chick-Fil-A's teachers week deals vary by location and are valid only at participating stores. Some locations are giving away one free item per day through May 8. The free items range from an iced coffee to a Chick-Fil-A Chicken Biscuit. Other stores have restrictions on the free menu items and are serving free items only during breakfast hours. Find the Chick-Fil-A location nearest to you here.


Teachers can get a free combo meal on Tuesday at participating PDQ locations. The free meal is limited to one per person and can include three-piece chicken tenders, a sandwich or a salad.


Offers vary by location. Some McDonald's establishments are offering free breakfast while others are giving away free a McCafe beverage with a purchase. Contact the McDonald’s closest to you for more details.

CiCi’s Pizza

CiCi’s is giving teachers access to its adult pizza buffet Tuesday. There are reportedly 450 restaurants participating in the promotion. The offer is valid from 4 p.m. until closing time.


Ann Taylor Loft

Teachers can get 15 percent off their in-store purchases by signing up for Ann Taylor Loft's teacher-only perks. You’re required to provide your title and grade level when registering.

Jo-Ann Fabric And Craft Stores

By signing up for Jo-Ann’s teacher rewards discount card, teachers can get 15 percent off every purchase, every day. Some exclusions do apply.

J. Crew

There is no coupon code required to receive a discount at J. Crew during teachers week. Simply show your ID in store at checkout to receive a 15 percent discount. The discount cannot be applied to previous purchases, used in combination with another promotion or used to purchase a gift card.

Banana Republic

Students and teachers can receive 15 percent off any in-store purchase of full-priced items. The offer is valid only at stores in the U.S. and Canada. Banana Republic Factory Stores are not participating. The offer is good for multiple uses now through Jan. 31, 2020.


Treat your feet to a new pair of shoes from Aerosoles. Simply show your teacher ID or your most recent pay stub at any participating store and receive 15 percent off any footwear item priced $39.99 or higher. Orders can also be placed by calling 1-800-7998-9478.

New York & Co.

From now until May 5 teachers with a valid ID can receive 30 percent off all merchandise in stores. Online shoppers can use the promo code 9818.


Teachers can sign up to receive a free $40 Educent/Peekapak gift basket. The gift comes with $10 in Educents gift cards and three months' worth of Peekapak lesson plans. The lesson plans include three digital storybooks, 12 in-class lessons and 12 at-home activities.



The theme park offers K-12 educators in Florida schools free access to SeaWorld Orlando. The Teacher Study Pass, valid through Dec. 31, does not include free admission to special events or discounts on parking, food and merchandise purchases in the park. A Florida teaching certificate or a letter including an official school letterhead is required to sign up. Register online here.