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Get free food with Chipotle's adorable kids' reading program

Written by
Danielle Valente

As if we needed another reason to love Chipotle, the restaurant is teaming up with schools and libraries across the country to help promote literacy. It goes without saying that we’re pretty pumped for the occasion.

The Reading Rewards Program allows teachers and librarians to track children’s progress and reward little bookworms with a free meal when they meet their literary goals. Let’s face it: A good story and large helpings of guac are the keys to anyone’s hearts, no matter their age.

We’re also committed to cultivating nourished minds and communities—and one of our favorite ways to do that is by helping young readers develop their love of reading.” Chipotle said in a statement.

Here's how your little ones can cash in on this fantastic deal. First, they need to ask your local librarian or teacher to download a calendar from Chipotle (they can do so here). Then, students will color in the food item on the calendar for each day that they read for 10-20 minutes, based on the month of the teacher or librarian's choosing. Once the kids' calendars are approved from their advisers, they're given the goods: Chipotle's Reading Rewards bookmarks. They are not only excellent ways to hold spots in your favorite book, but they give access to free kids’ meal cards (for those in kindergarten through fifth grade) and a buy one/get one free entree card (for those in sixth grade and above). All that reading will certainly pay off. 

More than 6,000 schools and libraries have participated in this exciting even, and over 2.2 million rewards were given to deserving candidates. Let’s see if we can top the stats for 2018, especially now that Chipotle is looking to support teen and adult readers for the first time this year.

Those who are interested can submit an application for their students or community here, but need to do so by Feb 28.

Want to know what to add to your bookshelf? Check out these books for kids, thumb through our list of the 25 best baby books for family reading, check out the best bookstores in NYC for kids and stop by Bryant Park’s Winter StoryTime program with the family.


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