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More Than 20,000 Local Teachers, Nurses Can Get Applebee’s Freebie



Applebee's is showing its appreciation for nurses and teachers with a free appetiizer when they buy an entree through May 13. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)
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Applebee’s locations in Fresno and throughout the state are giving teachers and nurses a little appreciation this month with free appetizers.

Now through May 13, teachers and nurses with a valid work badge can get a free appetizer (up to $12) when they buy an entree at participating restaurants. The promotion is in honor of National Nurses Day, Saturday, May 6, and Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-12.

Across Fresno County, 10,707 teachers work in the 340 schools covered by the Fresno County Office of Education, according to’s most recent data coming from the 2018-2019 school year. That doesn’t include the many community college instructors and university professors.

And, 8,854 registered nurses work in Fresno County’s various medical facilities, according to the state Department of Health Care Access and Information’s data from 2020.

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Edward Smith began reporting for GV Wire in May 2023. His reporting career began at Fresno City College, graduating with an associate degree in journalism. After leaving school he spent the next six years with The Business Journal, doing research for the publication as well as covering the restaurant industry. Soon after, he took on real estate and agriculture beats, winning multiple awards at the local, state and national level. You can contact Edward at 559-440-8372 or at

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