Growing up, I LOVED the reading challenges my school put on.
Back then, for every few hundred pages we read, we would get a glittery bookmark or a packet of stickers. The student who read the most pages by the end of the grading period would get to eat lunch with our teacher. And yes, I was the girl who read the Harry Potter books — meaning I always won.
Kids these days have an incentive that blows stickers and bookmarks out of the water: free Chipotle. Yeah, I’m jealous.
If your kid meets his or her reading goals this school year, you all could be headed to the land of chips and guac for at least one free kids meal.
How Your Child Can Get Free Chipotle
Chipotle has offered a reading program for close to 10 years now. The program was originally available through public libraries during the summer, but the Mexican fast-food chain announced Feb. 8 that it would open its resources up to K-5 schools around the country.
The chain will provide students who reach their reading goals a card good for one free Chipotle kids meal card, which is good for either the cheese quesadilla or build-your-own option. Both come with a drink and kids chips or fruit. Teens can receive a buy one, get one voucher for meeting their goals.
Schools must register their reading challenge programs in order for students to be eligible. Teachers and librarians can visit the program’s website to apply and, if approved, register. If a reading program isn’t in place at the school, no problem — Chipotle can provide its own challenge and reading logs to make sure students get the opportunity to participate. For teen readers to qualify, educators must specify the age group in the application.
Reading is important. Let’s celebrate it with some delicious food!
Your Turn: Does your child’s school have a reading rewards program? Let us know in the Facebook comments!
Kelly Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder and a senior at The University of Tampa. She knows guac is extra, thanks.