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Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs
NEWS RELEASE: 10-003                                                  Jan. 7, 2011

Exchange Rewards those who ‘Made the Grade’

DALLAS – According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, military children, especially those with deployed parents, face unique stresses that often result in higher rates of school absenteeism and failure.
Keeping these unique challenges in mind, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service established an exclusive educational rewards program that continues to receive high marks from students and parents alike.
Now in its tenth year, the “You Made the Grade” program recognizes students who achieve a “B” average or better with a benefits-filled booklet. Offers include a free Burger King kids meal, Subway 6-inch combo, video rental and $2 off any new release DVD at the Power Zone, to name a few.
Students who make the grade can also register for a drawing to win a savings bond worth up to $5,000 by filling out and mailing an included entry form.
“It’s simple; learning pays,” said the Exchange’s Deputy Commanding General Brig Gen. Francis Hendricks. “Promoting the benefits of a good education is what makes this program so important to us and the community we serve. This effort represents an investment in our nation’s future.”
To receive the “You Made the Grade” booklet, students simply present a valid military ID card and proof of an overall “B” or better average to their local Exchange. Students may receive one coupon package for every qualifying report card, but may enter the savings bond drawing only once per calendar year
Military families can contact their local exchange for more information about “You Made the Grade.” Contact information is available through the “your exchange” link at
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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at



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