Chicago invited some controversy back in 2008 with a pilot program that paid kids for doing well in
school. While the merits of cash-for-class is still being
debated, plenty of area businesses have their own incentive
programs, rewarding kids with everything from sweets to sports
"It's just a small something to encourage kids to work hard,"
says Ronnie Holloway, co-owner of Chicago Allstars, a sports
memorabilia store in Jefferson Park that rewards kids with a pack
of trading cards. "When i was going to school, we didn't have
anything like that, but I think it would have been nice."
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With locations in Lakeview and the Loop, Graham Cracker Comics is a must-visit for any superhero fan or budding collector. Both locations give rewards toward back-issues of comics: $2 off for every A and $1 off for every B, up to 8 grades.
Each A earns two tokens and each B earns one, up to 12 tokens total. These play zones also reward effort: Report cards with no absences or tardies get a free ICEE. Note: original report cards only (no photocopies).
Open a savings account for your child at Liberty Bank, with five Chicago-area branches, get $5 for an A, up to $20 per year. It might not be enough to pay for that top-notch college those grades will earn, but consider it late-night pizza money.
Since this sports memorabilia store opened its doors in Jefferson Park in 2006, it's been encouraging kids to do well in school. Just for bringing in a report card, kids get a pack of cards, and the rewards get better as kids' grades improve. A straight-A report card often earns an autographed card.