A is for Awesome Grades

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Do your kids need an incentive other than “good grades get you into a good college”? Mine certainly do. Most kids don’t understand how good grades can eventually lead them to the career of their dreams, whether it be doctor, lawyer, or professional comedian. At least once a week I hear, “I don’t understand how this kind of math is going to help me”. Now you don’t have to explain it, here are ways for parents and teachers to give kids incentives that are funded by corporate sponsors.

Rewards for Parents to Give their Kids:

  • Tokens for Grades – All kids love Chuck E. Cheese right? Have your child bring in their most recent report card and they will receive FREE tokens for good grades with maximum of 15 tokens per child per report card. There are also links to reward calendars and other cool stuff on the website.
  • Pizza Hut 3 A’s Program – Elementary and Middle Schoolers can receive a FREE personal pan pizza and small soft drink when they get 3 A’s in the same marking period.
  • Krispy Creme Good Grades Program – Receive one FREE Original Glazed Doughnut for each “A” (6 maximum).
  • Brunswick Bowling Games for Grades – Receive one free game for each “A” at participating Brunswick Zone and Zone XL.

Programs for Teachers and Schools:

  • Pizza Hut Book It! Program – In addition to a fantastic reading program for all ages, teachers receive certificates that can be given to kids when they’ve met specific goals in the classroom.
  • Jason’s Deli JD Pickle Cards – The JD Pickle cards are redeemable for one FREE kids’ meal for students 12 and under.
  • Chili’s Pepper Award – The Chili’s Pepper Pals award is redeemable for one FREE kids’ meal for students 12 and under.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack Certificate of Achievement – These awards are designed to reward outstanding accomplishments with a free kids’ meal for students 12 and under.
  • Chuck E. Cheese Student Rewards – Chuck E. Cheese has a printable Homework Reward Calendar as well as Reward Ribbons that can be turned in for FREE tokens.
  • Baskin Robins Scouper Star Reward – Certificates include a detachable coupon for a free kids cone. They also carry coupons for bigger kids that are good for $2.00 off any item.

Other restaurants that have programs based on local franchise participation: Chick-Fil-A, McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Patron, Sonic and Red Robin are all examples of franchises that might participate. Some require forms or requests to be faxed or emailed, you’ll have to contact the local franchise to see how their specific program works.

Remember to contact your local restaurant to make sure that they are participating in the company’s good grades rewards programs. Many franchises have the option to “opt-out” off corporate programs, and you don’t want to disappoint your child after working so hard for good grades.

Rewards for High School students can be a little more difficult since most restaurant rewards programs are geared towards Middle and Elementary School children. For students that are of driving age, most insurance companies give big discounts for students with a 3.0 or “B” average or higher. Some examples are: Geico, Farmers, Progressive & State Farm. Check your specific insurance company to see if they offer discounts for good grades.

A great idea for rewarding a child of any age is to let them choose an activity when they hit their academic goal. Ideas include letting them choose the restaurant that the family will dine at, or perhaps allowing them to invite a few friends to the movies, bowling, or for a sleepover. Get creative, and teach your kids that good grades can be rewarding now AND later!

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