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I’ve served on the PTA at my boys’ elementary school for the past several years. Even though I’m now working full-time outside of the home, I still participate in PTA. I love being involved and volunteering in whatever way I can to make the school the best it can be. Box Tops for Education® has always been a key component of our yearly PTA calendar. We have two main collection dates, one in the fall and one in the spring. All of the money collected by an individual classroom goes back to that particular classroom. I’ve personally seen dozens of classroom materials and supplies solely purchased with Box Tops money. This program is fun, reputable and it works.
When I was given the opportunity to promote Box Tops on my blog, I was all about it. I truly believe in this program and am intimately involved with it each year. Since the boys started public school, I’m always on the lookout for products with Box Tops. We’ve even got the grandparents on the prowl. Every little bit helps!
General Mills offers a number of products in partnership with Box Tops, and they are currently running a special offer at Walmart where you can earn more for your school if you buy 5 Box Tops items. Last week, I visited Walmart to purchase our products. All of these items are foods my boys love and eat on a regular basis.
Purchased Box Tops items
- Honey Nut Cheerios™(Case’s go-to breakfast)
- Yoplait® Original Fridge Pack-Strawberry/Harvest Peach (Brooks’s go-to breakfast)
- Mott’s Medley®Fruit Snacks (perfect for school lunches)
- Nature Valley™Crunchy Oats ‘n Honey Granola Bars (favorite snack at swim and soccer practice)
- Old El Paso™ Taco Dinner Kit (for Taco Tuesday, of course)
When you purchase your items, make sure you save your Walmart receipt. Once you buy your 5 participating items, scan the receipt with the Box Tops for Education®Bonus App, found on iTunes or Google Play, to earn an additional $5 which is equivalent to collecting 50 Box Tops. The process was very simple. I downloaded the app, connected it to my boys’ school, scanned my receipt and within hours, received a confirmation/congratulations email stating my products had been submitted successfully and the money credited to the correct local school. And don’t forget, you can still clip the Box Tops from the 5 products and earn that way, so you get double Box Tops earnings with this promotion.
DIY Box Tops Collection Jar
To have a little fun this year collecting Box Tops, the boys created their own collection containers. With my younger son in kindergarten, this is the first year both of them are collecting and having to share the bounty. I thought a little friendly competition would make things more exciting. If they cut the Box Tops out, they get to keep them. If they’re given to us by a grandparent, we split them evenly, and if it’s a food item only one of the boys eats, that particular child gets that Box Tops square.
(Don’t tell them, but when it’s actually time to turn in their Box Tops in, I’ll make sure they’re pretty even. Nevertheless, it’s cute watching them get energized about the competition.)
To make our containers, we simply got a couple of jars and painted them with chalkboard paint. The boys then decorated the jars with a chalk pen and we cut slits in the top. Voila! Their containers were complete.
I think it’s important to get students involved in fundraising efforts. The Box Tops program is a perfect way to motivate children about helping and supporting their school. My boys have been really interested to learn how the program works and hear about some of the supplies and materials purchased at their school with Box Tops money.
If you haven’t already, find out how your child’s school utilizes the Box Tops program and if they don’t partner at all, perhaps you should encourage them to do so. Get out there and look for those little squares. Support your local schools and earn more with Box Tops for Education.