1. Kids receive a birthday call, card, and coupon from the Toys “R” Us store mascot when they join Geoffrey’s Birthday Club.
Children under 10 who join Geoffrey’s Birthday Club receive a prerecorded call from Geoffrey the Giraffe on their special day, plus they also get a card and a store coupon. Go to a store on their birthday and they get to wear a crown, carry a Geoffrey balloon, and receive a personal announcement broadcast throughout the store.
2. Chuck E. Cheese’s hands out extra tokens for being a stellar student.
Show up at the restaurant with your child’s report card filled with A’s and B’s, and they’ll get 10 free tokens—maybe more depending on the location. If your child is celebrating a birthday they’ll get some extra tokens, too.
3. Banks will give kids money for earning good grades.
Some banks will give you $1 for those A’s and $.50 for the B’s. Here are just a few banks that reward good grades, but you may want to call your local bank or credit union to see if they participate in a similar program.
- Alpine Bank has a quarterly drawing where winners receive $10 for every “A” and $5 for every “B” in up to five main subjects. There’s a potential to earn $50 for a straight A report card.
- America’s First Federal Credit deposits $5 into your child’s account when you bring in a report card with all A’s and B’s.
- Discovery Federal Credit Union deposits $1 into a basic savings account for every “A” earned (up to $5 per quarter for each quarter of the school year).
- First Southern National Bank deposits $1 into the account for every “A” a student makes on their report card (up to $10 per grading period).
- Zion Bank deposits $1 for every “A” into a Student Savings Account. If you don’t have an account or aren’t a client, you’re rewarded $.50 cents for every “A.” This is for the 2016-2017 school year.
4. Six Flags hands out free tickets to kids who read.
Six Flags’ Read to Succeed program encourages students in kindergarten through sixth grade to complete six hours of recreational reading and earn free tickets to Six Flags. The program works through teachers and schools, so it’s good to check ahead to see if this is done where you live.
5. Barnes & Noble‘s Kids Club will give kids a free birthday treat.
When a parent signs up for the Barnes & Noble Kids Club they’ll receive an email the Monday before their child’s birthday for a free treat from The Barnes & Noble Café.
6. Krispy Kreme hands out a free donut for every ‘A’.
Many Krispy Kreme locations reward students with good grades. Students can earn up to six free donuts with no purchase necessary. Check if your local Krispy Kreme participates, and bring your report card with you to your local Krispy Kreme.
7. Pizza Hut serves up a personal pan pizza and small soft drink to students who get at least three A’s.
This program is for students in elementary and middle school. Head to Pizza Hut and have your child present their report card with at least three A’s to the manager. The company also has its Book It! program that rewards the reading accomplishments of students in kindergarten through sixth grade with free pizza, praise, and recognition. To top it off, Pizza Hut also gives out a free personal pan pizza with one topping to kids ages 12 and under on their birthday.
8. Captain D’s celebrates your child’s birthday with a free kids meal.
Join the company’s Kid’s Birthday Club and always check ahead with your local Captain D’s to make sure they honor this offer.
9. Family Video gives students a free movie or game rental for every ‘A’.
The ‘A’ applies to a core class like reading, math, and science. This offer is good for students in kindergarten all the way through college. The company does this in the month of June with the final report card.
10. The Melting Pot gives good students a free fondue dinner for A’s in school.
Show up with an all A’s report card and get a free Straight A’s Club Fondue Dinner at a number of The Melting Pot locations. This is for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The Melting Pot has locations across the country, like the one in Boca Raton, Florida and Appleton, Wisconsin that participate in this program, but call first to see if your local restaurant takes part.
11. Car insurance companies reward young drivers who do well in school.
Students get lower car insurance costs when they keep their grades up. Here’s a list of a few companies that offer discounts. Call ahead to make sure you qualify with your insurer.
- Allstate will let single, full-time students under the age of 25 save up to 20% for getting good grades.
- Esurance offers a student discount for full-time high school or college students under 25. They must maintain a 3.0 GPA, or B average, to be eligible for a discount up to 10%.
- Farmers Insurance gives student drivers ages 16-24 a discount as long as they have 3.0 GPA or rank in the top 20% of their class.
- Geico auto insurance delivers up to 10% off car insurance when a student keeps a B average.
- Nationwide offers a good student discount on auto insurance for drivers 16-24 who are full-time high school or college students and maintain a minimum B average.
- State Farm will give students a discount of up to 25% when they get good grades of a 3.0 GPA or higher. These savings can last up to 25 years of age.
- Travelers rewards full-time high school or college students ages 16-24 with a discount of up to 8% when they maintain a B average.
- Liberty Mutual offers car insurance discounts for students under the age of 25 who achieve at least a B average.
12. Chick-fil-A gives out free nuggets for good grades.
Bring in your report card with A’s and B’s and you’ll get an 8 pack of free nuggets. The company also works with schools rewarding students with a free kid’s meal for good grades, perfect attendance, and other achievements. Since Chick-fil-As are independently owned, be sure to check with both your local Chick-fil-A and school to see if they participate in any of these.