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NEWS | March 27, 2023

AAFES rewards military kids for academic excellence with 'You Made the Grade' program

Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is continuing its tradition of rewarding academic excellence through the You Made the Grade program, honoring the resiliency of military kids worldwide.

In its 23rd year, the You Made the Grade program rewards military students in first through 12th grades, including those who are home-schooled, with prizes for maintaining good grades. Students with straight As will receive a $20 gift card and an Exchange coupon sheet, while students with a B average or better are eligible to receive a $10 Exchange gift card and coupon sheet. Coupons include:

  • Free meals at Exchange restaurants.
  • Free drink, any size, at the Express.
  • Free kid’s haircut.
  • $5 off at any Exchange mall concession shop.
  • Additional savings on clothes and PowerZone accessories.

The You Made the Grade program is a vital part of the Exchange benefit for military families. According to the Military Child Education Coalition, military children change schools an average of six to nine times before graduating from high school.

“Military children face greater challenges than their civilian counterparts,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “Our youngest heroes cope with frequent moves and the stress of having parents deploy. Yet, despite challenges, they rise to succeed in the classroom. The Exchange’s You Made the Grade Program celebrates this resiliency. Military kids’ hard work pays off at the Exchange.”

Students who make the grade can also qualify to enter a worldwide sweepstakes to win a $2,000, $1,500 or $500 Exchange gift card. Drawings are held in June and December. The most recent sweepstakes winners were from U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Kadena Air Base and USAG Humphreys.

To receive their gift card and coupons, students can visit their local PX or BX customer service area and present a valid military ID with proof of a B average or higher each grading period.

To enter the You Made the Grade sweepstakes, students can complete the form on the back of the gift card reward sleeve and mail it to:

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

The next drawing will take place in June.