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Earning and Learning: Hamra Enterprises launches on-site homework program nationwide

Expansion of pilot program pays student employees for up to one hour of school studies per shift; awards cash bonuses for good grades

Kency Albert, a Hamra Enterprises team member in the Chesterfield, Mo., Noodles and Company location, was a participant in the Hamra Enterprises Good Grades program last year, which rewards employees for good report cards. Hamra Enterprises launched the Hamra Homework pilot program last year, which allows student employees to do school homework while on the clock, up to one hour per shift, and will expand the program to all of its locations – nearly 200 restaurants in 11 states. (Courtesy Hamra Enterprises)

An innovative program encouraging student employees to do their homework while on the clock is being expanded to all Wendy’s, Panera Bread, and Noodles and Company restaurants owned and operated by Springfield, Mo.-based Hamra Enterprises.

“Our company philosophy is grounded in employee opportunity and self-discovery, and nowhere does that count more than education,” said Mike Hamra, CEO of Hamra Enterprises. “Student employees are an integral part of the Hamra Enterprises family, and this is an important way we can help them succeed at work and in the classroom.”

The Hamra Homework program allows student employees up to an hour of homework time per each qualified shift. Hamra Homework began last year as a pilot program, with 60 participants in 22 locations, mostly in Missouri Wendy’s and Noodles and Company restaurants. The program will now be expanded to include all eligible employees in nearly 200 restaurants across 11 states.

In addition to homework time, Hamra Enterprises’ Good Grades Program will reward employees for good report cards: $300 for straight A’s, $200 for A’s and B’s, and $100 for all B’s – a bonus that has proven to be particularly useful for education expenses including school supplies and activity fees.

“I’ve worked for Hamra Enterprises for a year and a half, and I’m really grateful for the Good Grades Program,” said Kency Albert, a team member at the Chesterfield, Mo., Noodles and Company location. “It has helped me pay for part of my tuition. I really appreciate Hamra Enterprises offering this program.”

Mike Hamra noted that with college and high school academic years now in full swing, it only makes sense to emphasize the importance of education – and to follow through with tangible support.

“At Hamra Enterprises, we consider ourselves partners in lifelong learning, where we strive to encourage excellence in education,” Hamra said. “We appreciate and value the importance of a quality education, and will be supportive in every way possible.”

About Hamra Enterprises

Hamra Enterprises is a dynamic organization owned and founded in 1975 by the Hamra family with its headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, and includes three restaurant brands with more than 7,400 employees in 11 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Mississippi, New Hampshire and Tennessee. Hamra Enterprises is committed to providing the highest quality products and services within the hospitality industry, creating exceptional experiences for people and communities by engaging each of its restaurant neighborhoods through community service, fundraising, and other philanthropic partnerships such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish of Illinois, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, visit

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