Mayor Berke Launches Blackboard Bonuses To Show Teachers Appreciation

Thursday, March 22, 2018

"Maybe you’ve had enough apples for now -- it’s time for something you actually enjoy." That’s the idea behind Blackboard Bonuses, a new program launched by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke’s office during this year’s public school spring break.

Local shops and restaurants are being asked to offer discounts and other incentives to any teacher who shows his or her Hamilton County Department of Education identification card during the district’s spring break week, April 2-6. 

"Educators are among the hardest working and most dedicated members of our community, and the work they do every day is demanding and important in so many ways,” said Mayor Berke. “We want them to know how much they are valued and also invite them to enjoy their city in some new ways. The ‘Blackboard Bonuses’ program is hopefully the beginning a new tradition and a fun way the whole city can celebrate a successful school year.” 

So far, almost three dozen local businesses have signed up to be “Blackboard Bonuses Business Partners.” Local businesses that are interested in joining the program should do so at connect.chattanooga.gov/blackboardbonuses to sign up March 28. Teachers who utilize the discounts are encouraged to post about their experiences to social media with the hashtag #TurnUpForTeachers. 

The list of confirmed Blackboard Bonuses Business Partners, as of March 22: 

Mojo Burrito
Dr. Austin Roberts Family and Implant Dentistry
Sports Clips
Reach Health and Wellness
Toe's Yoga
Barn Door Boutique
Lupis
Spalon Three
Highpoint Climbing
Escape Mission Chattanooga
Blue Skies
Learning Express and Mountain Top Toys
Craft Love Chattanooga
Good Dog
Olive Chattanooga
GLACE
Green's Supply and Design
Pure Barre Chattanooga
Nooga Paws
Four Bridges Outfitters
Embargo 62
Red Sauce
McClain Made LLC
Scenic City Eye Care
Frankie and Julian's
Hair a go-go
Abby Lane Boutique
Plum Nelly
Totto Sushi and Grill
Mad Hatter Massage
Rock Creek
Spare Time
Conga




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