Ryan's®, Hometown® Buffet And Old Country Buffet® Make "Fun" The Word Of The Month With Free Word Girl™ Activities In June

Jun 06, 2013, 09:00 ET from Buffets, Inc.

GREER, S.C., June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- All 337 Buffets, Inc. restaurants, including Ryan's®, HomeTown® Buffet and Old Country Buffet®, are showing kids that there's fun in building vocabulary skills by offering free Word Girl activities during Thursday Family Nights (5-8 pm) throughout the month of June. The free Word Girl activities are part of an ongoing partnership with Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL), the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books.

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"Families enjoy the variety we offer, knowing that everyone can find something that they love and that there's always something new to try," said Alice Crowder, Vice President of Marketing for Buffets, Inc. "We are proud to follow these same standards with the family-friendly activities featured in our restaurants."

Word Girl is a crime-fighting superhero who uses her vocabulary to seek truth and justice in using the right words.  Her trusty sidekick, Captain Huggy Face, fights alongside her as they use dictionary strength powers.  Children may catch World Girl on PBS KIDS GO!, and improve their vocabulary through her adventures.

Word Of the Week In addition to free Word Girl activity sheets, kids can tap into more fun by going online with their parents to play the Word of the Week and get a special online achievement certificate.  The Word of the Week application is available starting June 5 on any of Buffets, Inc. official restaurant websites: www.Ryans.com, www.HomeTownBuffet.com, or www.OldCountryBuffet.com and www.Buffet.com.

"We are delighted to continue our partnership with Scholastic by offering activities featuring popular and lovable characters like Word Girl," said Crowder.  "These activities help bring families closer as kids learn and expand their minds with guidance from their parents."

For more information about Family Night, visit online at www.Ryans.com, www.HomeTownBuffet.com, and www.OldCountryBuffet.com.

About Buffets, Inc. Buffets, Inc., one of the nation's largest steak-buffet restaurant companies, currently operates 347 restaurants in 35 states, comprised of 337 steak-buffet restaurants and 10 Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse restaurants.  The restaurants are principally operated under the Old Country Buffet®, HomeTown® Buffet and Ryan's® brands. Buffets employs approximately 18,000 team members and serves approximately 100 million customers annually.  For more information, visit www.Buffet.com.

About Scholastic Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media.  Scholastic creates quality books and e-books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home.  The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at www.scholastic.com.

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