Academic excellence pays off for military kids with the Exchange You Made the Grade Program

by Kenneth Sampsell
AAFES Okinawa Exchange

Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa — Military students who study and succeed can pick up extra spending money from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.

Through the Kadena Exchange’s You Made the Grade program, first- through 12th-graders, including homeschooled students, with a B average or higher are eligible to receive a $5 Exchange gift card each grading period during the 2019-20 school year.

“Since 2000, the Exchange’s You Made the Grade program has honored the resiliency of military kids,” said Kadena Exchange Store Manager Flordeliza Payton. “It’s a privilege to reward them for thriving in the classroom.”

According to Department of Defense Education Activity, the average child in a military family moves six to nine times during a school career—three times more often than non-military families.

“These young scholars have a lot on their plates,” Payton said. “They cope with multiple moves, parental deployments, making new friends and more. The You Made the Grade program proves that hard work really does pay off.”

To receive the $5 Exchange gift card, students must present a valid military I.D. and proof of a B average or higher during any grading period. Students who make the grade qualify to enter a worldwide sweepstakes to win a $2,000, $1,500 or $500 Exchange gift card. Drawings are held in December and June.

You Made the Grade sweepstakes entry forms are on the back of the gift card carrier sleeve. Students can send completed forms to:

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

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