The Muscogee County School District continued its Teachers’ Appreciation Week celebrations Wednesday morning. Teachers at South Columbus Elementary were invited to dress as their favorite book characters and enjoy a free waffle bar breakfast.
The educators tell News 3 being appreciated helps them appreciate how much they love doing what they do.
“It makes you feel real important and that you’re needed when kids look up to you and they’re happy to see you every day,” Reginald Jacobs tells News 3’s Mikhaela Singleton.
“Sometimes we can get bogged down with a lot of stress and all the requirements we have of being a teacher, but seeing the kids grow makes the job a lot better,” says Deirdre Howell.
Several local businesses and restaurant chains also offer deals and freebies this week to show their appreciation for our teachers:
- Arby’s: Teachers or administrators can receive a free sandwich Tuesday, May 7 at participating locations with a valid ID.
- Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: From Monday through Friday, teachers dining in can receive a free appetizer with the purchase of an adult entree.
- Chick-fil-A: Select locations are offering teachers location-specific promotions on Tuesday and others are celebrating for a week. Contact your local Chick-Fil-A for more information.
- Chipotle: Teachers, faculty and school staff with a valid school ID can get buy-one-get-one free burritos, bowls, salads and tacos on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to close. This deal only applies to in-person orders.
- Cici’s Pizza: Teachers and school staff can enjoy the Cici’s buffet for free on Tuesday with a valid school ID and a coupon.
- McAlister’s Deli: Teachers can get a free sweet tea all week with a valid school ID.
- McDonald’s: McDonald’s is not offering a nationwide promotion, but according to RetailMeNot some locations are offering a free chicken McNuggets meal to teachers with a valid ID. You’ll need to contact your local chain for more information.
- Potbelly Sandwich Shop: All teachers can receive a buy-one-get-one free promotion on sandwiches, pick-you-pairs or salads Monday through Sunday with a valid ID.
- Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers: From 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday teachers and school faculty can get a free Box Combo with a valid school ID.
- Sonic Drive-In: Sonic is honoring teachers all month long. Beginning Tuesday educators and “those who appreciate them as much as Sonic does” can receive a free Route 44 drink or slushy with a purchase. The order must be placed on the Sonic app using the promo code TEACHERS.