Family Video rewards good grades

Staff report

SIDNEY — Family Video will begin its annual Report Card A program, June 1.

Report Card A awards students a free movie or game rental for each A they have earned in core subjects. Students must present their final grade cards at Family Video, 1109 Wapakoneta Ave. The company initiated the program more than 30 years ago. The Sidney store, which opened in December 2000, has participated since July 2001.

The program was begun to reward students for their hard work in school.

“Having kids of my own in school and watching them get excited about receiving an ‘A’ makes me realize how important our Report Card A program is. I believe that academic excellence is something to be celebrated,” said Keith Hoogland, Highland Ventures Ltd. president.

“The company expects to give away over one million movie and game rentals this summer. There is no purchase necessary,” said Dan Syrek, district manager for the Sidney store.

Students from all schools are encouraged to participate. This includes homeschooled students. More than 1,000 students participate each year.

“Students from kindergarten through college can receive a free movie or game rental at Family Video for each final A grade or (equivalent mark) they achieve in a core subject on their year-end report card,” said Syrek.

Since the beginning of the program, the number of students involved has grown.

“Although the scale of the rewards program has grown, its purpose remains the same: to celebrate students who put in the time and effort to achieve success in the classroom. Support from the local communities which Family Video serves helps make Report Card A and other programs successful year after year,” said Syrek. “Giving back to the community has been at the core of the Family Video business. In addition to the Report Card A program and the hundreds of local charity events, their annual Round It Up for Lymphoma campaign has raised over $6 million in the past six years. All proceeds are donated to cancer research and patient education. Thousands of turkeys and hams are also purchased, packaged with meals, and gifted to needy families during the holiday season,” said Syrek.

Report Card A runs through the month of June.

Staff report