This story was updated March 22, 2018, at 11:58 p.m.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is launching a new program, Blackboard Bonuses, 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," Berke said in a news release. "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.
List of confirmed Blackboard Bonuses Business Partners, as of March 22:
Dr. Austin Roberts Family and Implant Dentistry
Reach Health and Wellness
Barn Door Boutique
Escape Mission Chattanooga
Learning Express and Mountain Top Toys
Craft Love Chattanooga
Green's Supply and Design
Pure Barre Chattanooga
Four Bridges Outfitters
McClain Made LLC
Scenic City Eye Care
Frankie and Julian's
Hair a go-go
Abby Lane Boutique
Totto Sushi and Grill
Mad Hatter Massage