Community heroes on the healthcare front line have been getting their due nationwide since the coronavirus pandemic hit, but teachers—who have worked hard to keep our school system functioning in lockdown mode—have been nearly forgotten. But not by Leoni’s Pizzeria, with three locations in Naples Park, Bonita Springs and San Carlos Park, Florida.
Leoni’s launched its Treat a Teach promo this week by providing free food to teachers in Collier County. “They are really working hard,” Leoni’s cofounder Joanne Venetis, told the News-Press. “The teachers make a difference in a child’s life.”
Leoni’s paid tribute to local educators in a Facebook post, noting, “You scrambled to organize online curriculums required to continue instruction of 48,000 students of all ages … With appreciation and gratitude for your heartfelt dedication and all that you do for the children— your students— here in Collier [County], enjoy this treat on us.”
All 3,200 teachers in the Collier County Public School District qualify for the free carryout-only meals, which include a large pizza with two toppings, beverages, chips and a dessert. Teachers also get a chance to win a diamond necklace from Crown Jewelers of Naples.
For the promotion, Leoni’s started offering free food to high school teachers on April 27. Middle school teachers can begin picking up their meals on May 4, while the promotion goes into effect for elementary school teachers on May 11. The promotion will run through August 30 at all three Leoni’s stores.
Teachers are asked to order 24 hours ahead of time and to bring their school IDs for pickup.
For other pizzerias interested in honoring local teachers, keep in mind that May 4-8 is National Teacher Appreciation Week.