Fort Drum students can score gift cards, prizes in Exchange’s You Made the Grade Program

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (March 14, 2023) – The Fort Drum Post Exchange 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. Fort Drum 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.

“Military children face greater challenges than their civilian counterparts,” said Fort Drum PX Main Store Manager Jackie Bellis. “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.”

Fort Drum students who make the grade also can 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.

To receive their gift card and coupons, students can visit the PX 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, P.O. Box 227398, Dallas, TX 75222-7398.

The next drawing will take place in June.

(Army & Air Force Exchange Service)