Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Rewarding Kids for As

On more than one occasion, my kids have chided me for not rewarding them for good report cards.  I remember feeling similar resentment when I was younger.  But I truly believe that they should feel good about doing well in school without any extra monetary motivation.  They should want to do their best for their own confidence and for what it will bring them in the future.  (I'm not going to reward them for sports accomplishments, either, by the way).  Still, it is nice to point out that there are programs that will give them something for their As.  Here is a nice list from Family Circle magazine  (too bad more of them aren't available in our neck of the woods).

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. bookitprogram.com
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. jasonsdeli.com/LoveBites/JDPickleCards
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). krispykreme.com
Awarding Activities
Topps of the Class: Bring a report card to participating "Home Team Advantage" hobby stores to clinch a free Topps trading card. topps.com
Brunswick Bowling Games for Grades: Practice makes perfect: Score a free game for each report card A at Brunswick Zone and Zone XL. bowlbrunswick.com
Blockbuster Good Grades, Free Rental Program: Film fanatics will enjoy this perk for having a GPA above 2.7 or an 80% average. blockbuster.com/goodgrades
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. statefarm.com
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). progressive.com
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. farmersinsurance.com
Esurance: 5% to 10% off for maintaining a 3.0 or B average. esurance.com
Liberty Mutual: 22% to 35% off for maintaining a B average. auto-insurance.libertymutual.com
GEICO: 10% to 15% off for achieving a B average or being in the top 20% of the class. geicoteendriving.com
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. fazolis.com/kids
Noodles & Company School Tools: Bring in a certificate for perfect attendance, honor roll, good citizenship or fitness to choose a free bowl of pasta. noodles.com
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. redrobin.com
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. colormemine.com
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. readtosucceed.discoveryeducation.com
Get served a free kids' meal through these restaurant programs:

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