March 25, 2016

Exchange’s ‘You Made the Grade’ program rewards military students

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

DALLAS — For military students, making multiple moves with their active-duty parents is just a part of life.

In fact, military children typically move six to nine times by the time they’ve completed 12th grade, according to the Military Child Education Coalition.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service appreciates the sacrifices military students make and is rewarding young scholars who excel in the classroom with its You Made the Grade program, now in its 16th year. Students in first through 12th grades who maintain a B average or better are eligible to receive a coupon book filled with free offers and discounts from the Exchange. 

“Military students face greater challenges than their civilian counterparts, including coping with separation from parents who are deployed and switching schools during moves to new duty stations,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted adviser. “These students deserve to be rewarded for their hard work, and for 16 years, the You Made the Grade program has been a favorite among military families.”
The You Made the Grade booklet includes coupons for free food such as a Burrito Supreme or Taco Supreme from Taco Bell; a small chicken Philly sandwich at Charleys; a Chicken Po’Boy at Popeyes; and a bacon double cheeseburger and small fry from Burger King. 

Students who make the grade will also score Snack Avenue coupons for a free fountain drink, including the Yeti frozen carbonated beverage, and a complimentary hot dog or roller grill item. Other offers include discounts on backpacks, shoes and more. Offers are valid through July 30. 

The booklet also includes an entry form for the You Made the Grade semiannual sweepstakes. Scholars can enter to win Exchange gift cards worth $2,000, $1,500 or $500. Entries can be submitted twice a year, with drawings typically held in June and December. The most recent sweepstakes winners were students from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Camp Casey, South Korea; and Joint Base Andrews, Md. 

Students, including those who are home schooled, can receive a You Made the Grade coupon booklet by presenting a valid military I.D. and proof of an overall B average at their nearest Exchange customer service area. Eligible students can pick up one booklet for each qualifying report card. 

Students and guardians can check with their local Exchange store manager for more information about the Exchange’s You Made the Grade program.
Students can send You Made the Grade sweepstakes entry forms, which are included in the coupon booklets, to:

You Made the Grade
PO Box 227398
Dallas, TX 75222-7398

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