Schools, students and teachers are gearing up for Teacher Appreciation Week, a week-long holiday dedicated to showing appreciation and recognition to all educators.

Teachers are the hidden superheroes of the world. They dedicate long hours and hard work to giving kids the gift of education. It's a task not so easy for many people and requires a lot of patience.

The teacher's role isn't just to provide the best education for students but also to ensure they feel special, loved and supported.

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So in honor of everything they do, it's only fitting to dedicate a whole week back to them, showing appreciation and recognition for their hard work.

This year, Teacher Appreciation Week begins on May 4 and ends on May 11. It's more than just the education system that shows its recognition through events and celebrations. Parents usually chip in by sending thank-you notes and small gifts as a token of their appreciation.

Local places like restaurants and stores also provide discounted services, products and free admission. If you are a teacher, a few discounts are happening on the SouthCoast and online.

We listed a few places that'll be honoring teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week as it gets closer.

Some businesses already have teacher discounts through their own programs. We listed those, too. Just keep a form of identification handy to show that you are a teacher or educator in the state.

If you're not a teacher, sharing this list with one can be a gift in itself.

Here are a few discounts to take advantage of during Teacher's Appreciation Week:

Southwick Zoo:

General admission is free for public and private school teachers on May 5. A valid MTA card, faculty ID or other teaching credentials is required.


Until May 29, you can get complimentary appetizers with an entree purchase of up to $12. The offer must be mentioned to the server during the visit.

Boston Museum of Science:

New England public and private school teachers can join the Boston Museum of Science Teacher Partner Program to access discounts and teacher programs.


Teachers' Circle members will receive an extra-large thank you in the form of five separate rewards, which can be redeemed for various free Sonic menu items between May 6 and 20.

New England Aquarium:

Massachusetts Teacher Association and Boston Teachers Union members can get free admission when they show their union card at the ticket booth.


Target Circle offers teachers discounts and exclusive benefits on classroom essentials, education resources and school supplies.


Teachers receive a 15 percent discount on their entire purchase, including sale items.

Crocs Online:

Crocs offers 20 percent off all full-priced styles to teachers.

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