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20 of the Best Report Card Freebies & Discounts for Students with Good Grades

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Your kids can get rewarded for good grades!

Is it report card time? Reward your smarty pants kiddos for those good grades! To make it easier for you, we’re sharing 20 restaurants and companies that offer free rewards and discounts for students with good grades.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The following promotions vary by location, so before packing up the kids in the car and venturing out, call the restaurant/store and verify that your particular location is participating. (If the store isn’t participating, try calling other locations in your city).

1. Applebee’s

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Students, 12 & under, who excel in academics (or other areas determined by their teachers) are eligible to receive an “A” is for Applebee’s award card which can be redeemed for a FREE meal from the Applebee’s Kid’s Menu. The promotional card must be completely filled out by the teacher.

Applebee’s will provide schools and teachers with the number of award cards requested and leave distribution up to each teacher. Teachers may award cards even if the school does not use a grading system. Or they may want to recognize students for accomplishments in non-academic areas. The program can be as flexible as needed; however, the intention is for students to take the cards home with them and to celebrate their success with their families.

Go here for more details and to request your cards. If you’re a parent, let your child’s teacher know that this program offers rewards for students.

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2. Banks and Insurance Companies

Check with your local banks, credit unions, and car insurance companies since many of them offer monetary rewards or discounts for good grades!

3. Baskin-Robbins

boy eating a scoop of vanilla cone ice cream looking at book with cakes

Students can earn a free scoop of ice cream at participating Baskin-Robbins locations. Just bring in your report card showing good grades to get your freebie. Go here to find a location near you.

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4. Bob Evans

The Star Student Program offers a free kids meal for good grades. As always make sure to check with your local Bob Evans store to make sure they are participating.

5. Burger King

Stetson holding a Burger King Impossible Whopper

Students may be able to score a free hamburger or ice cream cone for scoring 100% on a test. It is limited to one free hamburger per week per child – including homeschooling families! Contact your local restaurant to verify participation.

6. Cheryl’s Cookies

Have A’s on your report card? Get up to 3 free cookies! Find a location closest to you.

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7. Chick-fil-A

chick-fil-a nuggets with receipt

Students may be able to bring in a report card showing all As and Bs to receive a FREE 8-pack of nuggets or free ice cream cone (may vary)! Contact your location to confirm participation.

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8. Chuck E. Cheese

At Chuck E. Cheese, you can choose from the Super Student Award or the Graduation Certificate and receive 10 free points/tokens to play games with. Limit one certificate per child per day.

9. Cold Stone Creamery

two bowls of Cold Stone Creamery ice cream

Select stores may offer students a free scoop for a “good” report card. Not all stores are participating, so call and ask at your location before making a special trip.

10. Family Video

Throughout the month of June, Family Video gives a FREE overnight movie or game rental to students for every A they receive on their final report card. Find a Family Video location near you!

11. Jason’s Deli

Jason’s Deli rewards students ages 1-12 for good grades, good efforts, or good deeds through their Kid Cash program. Kid Cash is valid only at participating Jason’s Deli restaurants and is good for dine-in meals only. Just complete this form and your local sales manager will contact you within 5-7 days.

12. Justice

Participating Justice locations may give students $5 off your purchase for good grades when you bring in a good report card that’s been issued within the past 30 days.

13. Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme doughnut and coffee cup

Students may be able to get up to six free original glazed doughnuts for each A on your report card! Be sure to contact your local doughnut shop to verify participation.

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14. Marco’s Pizza

Participating locations may offer kindergarten through college students a free one-topping pizza when they have an A on their report card. Contact your local restaurant to verify participation.

15. McDonald’s

Stetson with McDonald's Happy Meal

If your kindergarten-5th grade student has a straight A report card and brings it along, he/she may be able to receive a free Happy Meal. Students 6th-12th grades may get a free Value Meal when they bring in their report card. This promotion may vary by location, so be sure to call your local restaurant before heading out.

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16. Melting Pot

Participating locations may offer students in grades kindergarten-8th grade a free 3-course dinner including cheese, entree, and chocolate fondue. Students in grades 9th-12th can get a free four-course meal, including your choice of cheese fondue, salad course, entrée, and your choice of chocolate fondue. Contact your local store for more details and to make a reservation.

**Must be accompanied by 2 other fonduers ordering 2 four-course dinners. No sharing, please. One Straight A Dinner per every 2 four-course dinners ordered. No further discounts, promotions, or coupons apply. Their four-course dinners start at $36/person.

17. Peter Piper Pizza

If you live in TX, NM, AZ, or CA with a Peter Piper location near you, students may be able to get a free 7″ one-topping pizza for good grades on a report card. Contact your local store to verify participation.

18. Pizza Hut

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Each marking period, any student who has 3 As (or the equivalent thereof) may be eligible receive one free Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk for dine-in by presenting his or her report card to the manager. This offer is valid for elementary and middle school students only.

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19. Sonic Drive-In

Participating Sonic Drive-Ins may offer Positive Behavior Support certificates for honor roll, perfect attendance, and birthdays. Each certificate contains a coupon for a free menu item at Sonic. This promotion is only available through schools, church organizations, programs, and clubs.

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20. Wendy’s

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Participating locations may offer students a free treat when you show your cashier a report card with As and Bs. Contact your local restaurant to verify participation before making a special trip.

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Comments 18

  1. Beth

    Does anyone on here take their child to the Justice to receive the discount? I contacted my local Justice and they said the promotion ended 5 years ago

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh darn! It seems that offer can vary by location. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Beth!

  2. Lexy

    Does Stenson have kids and will he be making a video? Is the Question 🤪

  3. Bonnie

    I really hate these types of programs. And I always get feel so bad when they are openly advertised. What if you have a child that really puts forth great effort yet struggles in school despite that? Shouldn’t a child who tries really hard be rewarded just as much as a child who gets “easy A’s” ? I actually think the kids that work hard to achieve a B may be more deserving of a reward than a kid who breezes through school with A’s without having to put forth much effort. I have never felt these programs really reward hard work. I am not saying that all kids who have straight A’s get them easily. I am sure most do work for them. My point is that the end grade is not always indicative of the effort made. I am sure I will get some slack for this. But it is really hard to see the disappointment on a kid’s face when they worked so hard yet just never achieve ALL A’s. As long a that child truly worked hard and applied themselves in the classroom how can we not reward that? Or what about the child who gets B’s and C’s but really does try in school. Wouldn’t do much for their self-esteem to see other kids receiving free treats because they had straight A’s. That child might have worked just as hard as the straight A student but is just not able to be the perfect student. Or worse, that child doesn’t have the support at home that they need to help them succeed. My daughter is (high) on the autism spectrum. She does great in school, works really hard, but will never get an A in math no matter how hard she works. My son goes to Montessori school. They don’t use letter grades but if they did he would be a straight A kid. We do not participate in these “straight A” programs. We choose to reward the kids in other ways during the school year when the occasion or situation warrants it and/or when it is quite obvious that they put forth extra effort in their class work or special project. Please don’t persecute me. Just expressing my opinion.

    • me

      really??? my kids got A’s and they do work hard for it its not AN EASY A’S LIKE YOU SAID

    • Sylvia

      You don’t need businesses to reward your child, ultimately what matters to your child is what you think of your child and looks like, based on your thinking, you are a good mom.

    • RB

      Dear Bonnie,
      Here are a few thoughts from a teacher that I hope you will find reassuring…
      Although l do plan on sharing these incentives with other educators and the children’s librarian, I make a conscious effort to reward my students based on effort as well as performance. (By the way, for our town’s summer reading program, all participants receive the same fast food/ice cream coupons in their reward bag.)
      Also, hopefully the students with the good grades are not going to be gloating about their rewards to those who did not receive them. [I know that even as a kid, it didn’t feel right to me that my grandparents rewarded A’s with $5 (I knew they didn’t need to pay for what I should and would be doing anyway), so I never told any of my friends.]
      That being said, I have the same concerns as you that in cases like yours, one sibling is apt to feel slighted and/or discouraged (which apply whether rewards or PRAISE is given instead with unintentional favoritism, such as to the sisters I am tutoring who are two years apart, the older of whom is gifted whereas the younger one is struggling with apparent learning disabilities).
      You seem to be handling your children’s differing educational experiences/progress wisely and with appropriate sensitivity, so I doubt that anyone would criticize you for expressing your feelings and pointing out warranted concerns.
      FYI: Surely you were thinking of Flak (i.e. critical objections)– since my dad used to say ” Slack” to mean a break, as in, “Cut me some slack” (i.e. go easy on me) 🙂 -R.

    • Christine

      I hear you, mama. I have the same issues within my own family. My son who works the hardest always struggles to get the same grades as his siblings. Don’t lose heart. Just love on them and encourage them.

  4. Kben

    Krispy Kreme is a free donut for every A (up to 6 donuts)

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing! Such a great offer! We have that one listed above. YUM! 🍩

      • TracyS

        Yes, I think Kben reworded it so that it’s much clearer.

  5. Gramma

    Some schools no longer use A’s, B’s, etc. They now use 4, 3, etc!

    • Tina

      Agree. My kid gets 2s and 3s. In fact, the teacher explained to me that they usually get 2s in the their first report cards then 3s in their next report cards to see improvement.

    • Tina

      Agree. My kid gets 2s and 3s. In fact, the teacher explained to me that they usually get 2s in the their first report cards then 3s in their next report cards to see improvement. No straight A’s over here

  6. TeresaC

    Its already over. I got the message “The reward limit has been reached for this program and it is now closed :(“

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh darn! Which offer above are you finding that for?

  7. Dana

    One of the main reasons our young adults are the way they are is because someone introduced things such as the “participation trophy” and they think “Why would I put in the extra effort to get the same prize as if I did not put in any effort?” It’s true, some kids are naturally talented book learners and some are not. My kids are a mix of the two and incentives are a great motivator to encourage them to work harder, to run faster, and to compete to the best of their ability. Life is at one point or another, if not throughout the entire lifetime, a competition. Prepare them for such or they will get left behind and without.

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