16th Annual Ithaca Loves Teachers Celebration
The Ithaca community comes together every February to celebrate educators with entertainment, activities, family fun and discounts throughout Tompkins County. It's our way of saying thanks to educators everywhere for all of your hard work and dedication!
Registration is now open!
The annual Ithaca Loves Teachers celebration has been extended for 2021, February 12th through February 28th.
Registration opens February 8th for special deals on dining, lodging, and shopping, with your "VIT" (Very Important Teacher) pass and for Teacher's Pets (family and guests). Sign up for your free pass!
Ithaca Loves Teachers is open to all public school teachers, school district employees/staff, teachers union retirees, homeschool teachers and childcare workers with discounted lodging, dining and activities. For 2021 you may also share your pass with one member of your household.
Registration is free. District ID, or equivalent, is required. Proper ID includes:
. Your school ID badge
. Proof of teachers union membership or proof of teachers union retiree status
. A letter from your principal or school board on official stationery
. Proof of employment as a childcare worker
. Documentation showing homeschool status
Where Do I Check In?
Schedule your check-in HERE. For your convenience and safety this year, we are asking everyone to schedule your check-in time in advance to receive your VIT badge,Teacher’s Pet badge and gift bag. All local and visiting teachers can check in at the Ithaca Visitor Centers at East Shore Drive and Downtown in the Tompkins Center for History & Culture.
What is a VIT Badge?
As part of your welcome package, you'll receive a free VIT (Very Important Teacher) badge. It's your key to the county and beyond, unlocking community-wide discounts on just about everything: dining, shopping, entertainment-the works. Look for the Ithaca Loves Teachers posters in participating merchant windows.
In addition, one companion from the same household will receive a "Teachers Pet" badge, and have access to share the digital pass with you.
How do I redeem my discounts?
NEW this year! We've made it easier for you! Instead of using a printed program, we will be offering a digital savings pass accessible on any mobile device. You no longer have to keep track of all of those coupons as the deals will all be viewable and redeemable from your digital pass. You will need to show your digital passbook + VIT badge with you at all times to be eligible to receive discounts.
Where does Ithaca Loves Teachers take place?
As a community-wide event, Ithaca Loves Teachers takes advantage of multiple venues throughout Ithaca, with additional recreational offerings throughout the surrounding Finger Lakes region.
Is there an Opening Reception?
For 2021, the opening reception is now a virtual event on Saturday, February 13th from 1-4pm. Please sign-up in advance for this FREE event -- select one 20-minute breakout session, or join the fun for the whole time! You can participate from anywhere. See our full events calendar, for more in-person and online events happening across the community.
What if I'm a Private School Educator or Homeschool Teacher?
We welcome you. While Winter Recess formally celebrates the unique contribution of public school educators, the Ithaca community supports the work of all certified classroom educators and school employees. To qualify for Ithaca Loves Teachers discounts, private school educators must present proof of employment at check in. All other Ithaca Loves Teachers guidelines apply.
Thank you, teachers!
Examples of special offers & deals for 2021:
- Hilton Garden Inn -- Rooms $109-125, including on-site breakfast for two
- La Tourelle Hotel & Spa -- 10% off room rates, buy one spa service and guests receive 50% discount on their service
- Ithaca Marriott Downtown -- $119 Single King or Double Queen room per night
- Rasa Spa -- 20% off any one service Mon-Thurs
or 15% off Sat-Sun
- Discover Cayuga Lake -- Gift cards and season passes available at 50% off
- The Pilates Room & Antigravity Studio -- Free week trial membership and $5 classes
- Cayuga Lake Wine Trail -- $5 off $35 purchase at multiple wineries
- State Farm Insurance, Nick Romo -- Request a quote for any Insurance Policy (car, Home, Renters, Life, Pet) and receive a large cheese pizza from Pizza Aroma
- Maxie's Supper Club -- Buy one entree get one free, dine-in or take-out
...and 100+ more! Please read details for each offer on digital pass, some blackout dates apply.
Ithaca Loves Teachers Sweepstakes. OPEN to any teachers or school staff! ENTER TO WIN an overnight getaway to the Ithaca area.
We've partnered with EscapeMaker to giveaway a free two-night getaway redeemable anytime through the end of 2021. Enter to win through Escaspemaker, sweepstakes open through Feb. 28, 2021: escapemaker.com/subscribe