Teacher Appreciation Week | Greater Lansing Area Moms

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week and we wanted to share local and national discounts for teachers! While teachers are appreciated EVERY day, these special discounts are valid through the end of this week. 

We asked a couple of our friends who are educators and they offered up a couple of suggestions when it comes to Teacher Appreciation Week gifts.

“The best gift I ever gave was when I got together with some other parents and we did lunch one day for the whole staff. They absolutely loved it!” shared a Teacher-parent.

“I have so many mugs, bags, and picture frames. Honestly the cutesy stuff is ADORABLE, but what really makes you feel good is a note about why you’re appreciated. Gift cards are nice if you really want to give something, but the gifts that stand out in my mind and that I always keep are the thoughtful notes.”

“Teachers have an average of 20-25 students in each class. That means possibly they have the same amount of teacher appreciation gifts. What the heck, it’s a no brainer 🙂 GIFT CARD.”

And even more ideas and Teacher Appreciation gift inspiration:
Write a poem or quote
Paint a coffee mug
Write a letter
Make a bookmark
Make cookies at home, cupcakes…
Draw a gift card
Decorate the candy box or chocolate bar
Buy a book you know your teacher likes
Heating pad – either cold classroom, back pain or cramps

Teacher Appreciation Week Events:

Teacher Appreciation Day at High Caliber, Okemos

Take the day off and have some fun with us, May 6, 2024! Any and all Teachers and Staff (From teachers of any age, custodial staff, and administration staff) can get a FREE All Access Pass to play all day at High Caliber! It is our 2nd Annual Teacher and Staff Appreciation Day and we’re excited to host you all for it again this year! 

Educator Happy Hour at Looking Glass Brewing Company, DeWitt

A treat just for those that work in Education, this happy hour is for you. Stop in to LGBC every Friday from 3-6pm through June 21, show your school ID and you’ll receive 25% off your bill. 

Teacher Appreciation Happy Hour at Lansing Brewing Company

Teachers, professors, administrative staff, and child care workers get $2 off appetizers and our rotating beer, as well as $1 off cocktails from 3-6PM every Friday through June 28! Just flash an employee ID to your server and we’ll take care of the rest!

Teacher Appreciation Week Deals & Discounts (both local and national businesses)


Save room for dessert! Teachers (with valid ID) who dine-in at Applebee’s during National Teacher Appreciation Week will get a free dessert with any purchase. They’ll also get a voucher for a BOGO free entree for a future order, which can be redeemed from May 13 – June 9.

Buffalo Wild Wings

From Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12, teachers and nurses get 20% off their orders with valid IDs on dine-in, call-in, and walk-in orders.


Get a free chicken biscuit or chicken sandwich at participating locations on Teacher Appreciation Day, May 7.

Firehouse Subs 

The sandwich chain has a week of specials available starting Monday through its Firehouse Rewards loyalty program and app including (on Wednesday) BOGO Hook & Ladder Subs and (on Friday) two medium sandwiches for $12 or two large sandwiches for $18.


Get free access when you sign up with your school email address.

Insomnia Cookies 

Is giving teachers a free Classic cookie in-store, no purchase necessary, all week beginning Monday, May 6. 

McAlister’s Deli 

All teachers and nurses who stop by between Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 10 and show their ID will enjoy a free tea at McAlister’s Deli.

Potbelly Sandwich

Teachers get a free cookie or fountain drink with the purchase of an entrée by showing their ID Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12. 

Raising Cane’s 

Between May 6 — 10, Raising Cane’s is hosting a giveaway where 10 teachers can win an all-expenses-paid summer vacation (two roundtrip tickets to any spot in the U.S., a two-night hotel stay and a $200 gift card for spending).

Schuler Books 

Offer a discount to K-12 educators purchasing educational materials for classroom use. Our 20% discount helps offset the cost of books from our Young Adult, Children’s and Education sections. The program is available to fully certified K-12 educators working in Michigan


Offering special deals and giveaways in its Scholastic Teacher Store and Book Clubs beginning Monday, May 6. And when you send a Scholastic eGift card through May 10, you’ll be entered for a chance to win $550 of new books and resources for an educator of your choice.


From Sunday, May 5, to Saturday, May 11, teachers can get free supply kits at Staples stores; kits include markers, pens, pencils, and glue. (20 kits per store while supplies last; limit 1 per teacher with teacher ID.) Teachers also get 20% off in-store purchases with their teacher ID at checkout.

Stitch Fix

Online personal styling service Stitch Fix is treating U.S. educators to a $50 credit in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. To redeem the offer, visit this website to verify your teacher credentials and get a promo code anytime through May 12. The offer expires on June 30.


Collects information that assists in verifying eligibility, has partnered with several brands to offer exclusive teacher deals for Teacher Appreciation Week and beyond. Brands like Peloton, Vineyard Vines and many more!

“A good education can change anyone. A good teacher can change everything!” – Unknown

Know of more Teacher Appreciation Week discounts, send them our way [email protected] 🙂 Thanks!

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