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Making the Grade: 22 Freebies and Deals for Students


Scholarly Sustenance

Pizza Hut Three A's Program: Elementary and middle schoolers with a trio of top grades just need to show their report card at select franchises to receive a free personal pan pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk. Schools can also participate in BOOK IT!, which gifts free personal pan pizzas for meeting reading goals.

Jason's Deli JD Pickle Reward: Teachers and parents can award children under 12 J.D. Pickle Cards to redeem for a free kids' meal.

Krispy Kreme Good Grades Program: Get 'em while they're hot: Take home an Original Glazed doughnut for each report card A (half-dozen maximum).

Awarding Activities

Topps of the Class: Bring a report card to participating "Home Team Advantage" hobby stores to clinch a free Topps trading card.

Brunswick Bowling Games for Grades: Practice makes perfect: Score a free game for each report card A at Brunswick Zone and Zone XL.

Blockbuster Good Grades, Free Rental Program: Film fanatics will enjoy this perk for having a GPA above 2.7 or an 80% average.

Driving Success

State Farm: Get up to 25% off for ranking in the top 20% of the class, having a B average or a 3.0 GPA, or making dean's list or honor roll.

Progressive: 10% off for ranking in the upper 20th percentile of the class or on standardized tests, maintaining a B average or 3.0 GPA, or making dean's list or honor roll (varies by state).

Farmers: 5% to 25% off for being in the top 20% of the class, earning a 3.0 GPA or making dean's list or honor roll.

Esurance: 5% to 10% off for maintaining a 3.0 or B average.

Liberty Mutual: 22% to 35% off for maintaining a B average.

GEICO: 10% to 15% off for achieving a B average or being in the top 20% of the class.

Head of the Class

Check with your kid's teacher about signing up for these school-affiliated programs:

Fazoli's Friendly Reader Program: Every five books read earns a free kids' meal, and so does perfect attendance.

Noodles & Company School Tools: Bring in a certificate for perfect attendance, honor roll, good citizenship or fitness to choose a free bowl of pasta.

Red Robin Certificate of Excellence: Feast on a free kids' meal (ages 10 and under) or Monster Milkshake (11 and up) for academic achievement, acts of kindness or perfect attendance.

Color Me Mine Bookmark Program: Kids who meet their reading goals earn a prize, such as free paint time or a ceramic piece, at this paint-your-own pottery studio.

Six Flags Read to Succeed: K-6 students who complete six hours of non-school-related reading approved by their parents and teachers are eligible for free admission to their nearest theme park.

Get served a free kids' meal through these restaurant programs:

  • Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes Star Achiever Award
  • A Is for Applebee's
  • Friendly's Achievement Award
  • Pizzeria Uno School Award Certificate Program
  • Evans Star Student Program

Originally published in the November 1, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.

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