I was a nerdy, smart kid with my nose perpetually in a book and that trait carried over into adulthood. I'm the guy at the end of the bar more interested in reading my Kindle than socializing with strangers. Yet I've never been offered freebies based on how much I read or how smart I am! Oh, to be a kid again.
I should note I started this post in May, but kind of lost track of time 🙂 No worries though, as all the offers below should still be active for the rest of this summer or beyond.
There are a lot of other websites with outdated information on freebies for good grades. I only included offers I could verify to some degree, but I strongly encourage you check with your own locations no matter what! Since these restaurants are usually franchises, offers heavily vary by location.
Rewards via Report Cards
One of the largest Applebee's franchise, RMH Franchise, operates 135 Applebee's locationas in 15 states. They offer an A is for Applebee's program, where students 12 and under can get a free meal from the Kid's Menu if they receive an A on their report card. Many other freebie sites erroneously say this is a nationwide deal, but it's a great example of what kind of offer you can expect if your local franchise participates!
Cheryl's Cookies – Their Cookies for A's program is for K-8th grade students who can enter for a chance to win cookies for their A's. Simply upload your students report card here. At the end of every month through out the school year, they will randomly choose 5 lucky winners who each receive a box of cookies AND an extra box of cookies to hand deliver to their favorite teacher!
Chuck E. Cheese – Anybody can print their Super Student Award 🙂 It's a redeemable certificate for 10 free tokens per day, however a food purchase is required.
Family Video – Throughout the month of June 2019, students get a free overnight movie or video game rental for every A on their final report card.
Financial Institutions – Hundreds of small banks, credit unions, and even insurance companies offer rewards for good grades as well! I highly suggest checking the website of any smaller institution you're with, as well as asking your local branch. I've seen some small banks offering up to $25 for good grades! Others offered smaller cash rewards, discounts, and other prizes.
I wish these offers had been around when I was a kid. I would have made some serious cash!
Jason's Deli – They replaced their old JDPickleCards offer with a new Kids Cash system. Kids under 12 got a free kid's meal at participating locations.
Kudzoo – Download their app either on iOS for iPhones or Google Play for Android. Students aged 13 or older can submit up to 5 report cards a year and earn Kudzoo cash. This can be redeemed at local stores, restaurants, and more.
Pizza Hut – Each marking period, any child who has 3 A’s or the equivalent thereof, will receive one Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or carton of milk by presenting his or her report card to the manager. This offer is good for Elementary and Middle School students. Dine-in only. Students must be present and the original report card must be presented.
Unconfirmed or Old Freebies
Other sites report the following companies give freebies for good grades, but I've been unable to verify these claims. I've reached out to the following companies on Twitter, so please feel free to also message them and help get an answer 🙂
- Bob Evans – As of 2019, the Star Student program “is not a program that is currently active at our restaurants.”
- Burger King
- Coldstone Creamery
- Krispy Kreme
- Marco's Pizza
I'll keep this list updated as I find new offers, so if you find anything I missed, please let me know in the comments!