Teacher Appreciation Day falls on Tuesday, May 7 this year, and many Long Island places found a special way to say thank you. Here’s a look at some stores and restaurants offering freebies, deals and discounts for teachers and administrators. Note: To participate in the promotions, you must show a valid school ID.
Arby's (locations in Bellmore, East Meadow, Hicksville, Jericho and Lindenhurst): Teachers get a free sandwich, no purchase necessary.
Barnes & Noble (locations in Bay Shore, Carle Place, Manhasset, Massapequa and New Hyde Park): Enroll in the store's Education Program and get 20 percent off items purchased for classroom use.
Boomers Long Island (655 Long Island Ave., Medford): Now through May 31, teachers and administrators can get a free Champ Pass, which includes all day access to the go karts, miniature golf, bumper boats and kiddie rides.
Buffalo Wild Wings (select Long Island locations): Receive 20 percent off entire check (excludes alcohol and taxes) on May 6-10. The deal can not be combined with other promotions and is dine-in only. Note: Not all Long Island locations are participating, so be sure to call ahead.
Chick-fil-A (locations in Commack, Garden City, Hicksville and Port Jefferson): Score a free chicken sandwich from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; be sure to check in with the store before you go to see if they are participating.
Chipotle (multiple Long Island locations): From 3 p.m. to close, buy-one-get-one in-restaurant deal on burritos, bowls, salad and tacos.
Green Turtle (locations in East Meadow and Franklin Square): Get a free meal (up to $12.99) or put the $12.99 toward a meal of your choice. Check with the restaurant before you go to see if they are participating.
Hobby Lobby (locations in Bay Shore, Commack and Massapequa): Shop in the store with school-issued bank card or check and get 10 percent off.
LOFT: Get 15 percent off regularly-priced purchases after filling out a brief form on the store’s website.
Sonic (locations in East Meadow, Nesconset, North Babylon and Valley Stream): Starting May 7 through May 10, teachers can get a free Route 44 Drink or Slush when they order ahead in the Sonic app using the promo code TEACHERS.