Good students reaping rewards at local video store
Free movie and game rentals given through July for 'A's on report cards
By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor
June 25, 2008 - Students can be forgiven if they give their report cards little more than a cursory glance at the end of school and never think about the grades for the rest of the summer.
But a local video store has given them a very good reason to get out their grade sheets, especially those who aced a course or two.
The local franchise of the movie and game rental store Family Video, which opened in 2007, began last month giving free rentals to students for "A"s on their end-of-year report cards.
"We give them coupons, so if they've got 10 'A's, they get 10 coupons, and they can use them for games, videos, anything they want," explained Haley Wiley, manager of Family Video in Sulphur Springs. "For every single A, they get one free rental."
Family Video, headquartered in Illinois, has actually been giving away rentals for good grades for 20 years, but this is the first year it's happened in Texas. (The company only began to open stores in Texas in recent years and now has about a dozen frachises in North Texas.)
Of course, when headquarters is 736 miles away, there's bound to be the occasional glitch. In this case, it's a timing thing. Way up yonder in Illinois, school lets out earlier than it does in the Lone Star State.
"For instance, we just found out that the middle school students only got their report cards last week," Wiley said.
That helps explain why the local store has only given out about 350 coupons, well short of the goal of 1,100. And the coupons state that they must be redeemed by the end of June.
Consequently, the program has been extended for those coming to the Sulphur Springs Family Video store. Students now have until the end of July to pick up and redeem the coupons.
There are few, if any, limits about who can participate, the store manager said.
"This is for everybody, even those who are only here for the summer," Wiley said.
That includes homeschoolers who don't get a formal report card.
"If they can bring in anything that will show their grade, they can get the coupons," Wiley said.
For more details, call Family Video at 903-438-0157.