Summer is over and school is back in session for those eager, and not-so-eager kids. With education funding cutbacks, teachers and parents are always looking for creative ways to bring in additional funds to schools. One helpful and easy way to contribute is by collecting Box Tops.
If you have ever read through our Fraternal Focus, you may have noticed that many of our lodges collect Box Tops. Both young and old can participate in collecting Box Tops that earn money for schools.
Collecting Box Tops for Education™ is simple. When a customer buys a product, such as cereal or garbage bags, they can clip the Box Tops “coupon” from the package and send it to a school. The tops are each worth ten cents for the school, and they are available on hundreds of products, not just on cereal! They are on Ziploc® bags, Hefty® trash bags, Green Giant™ fresh or frozen vegetables, Progresso™ soups, and much more.
Box Tops can be delivered to your school in a baggie or on a collection sheet. Collection sheets are available on the website www.boxtops4eduction.com/about/collection-sheets.
Each school’s Box Tops Coordinator is in charge of collecting the “coupons” and sending them to be redeemed. Schools can receive cash twice a year, in December and April. If you are interested in being a Coordinator, first check with the administration at your school. With the administration’s go-ahead, you can sign up online at www.boxtops4education.com.
You can earn bonus Box Tops in additional fun ways as well. Costco, for example, holds contests that people can play and win extra Box Tops. Some specially marked products have bonus certificates. You can also go online to the Box Tops website and play their “Prep Your Pantry” Back to School Sweepstakes. There are other sweepstakes throughout the year to try also.
For people who are more technologically inclined, you can download the Box Tops Bonus app on iTunes and Google Play. This gives people even more opportunities to exclusive bonus offers, which are only available through the app. There is even a way to scan store receipts to give schools electronic credit.
Schools typically earmark Box Tops checks for certain items. South Loop Elementary School in Chicago uses them for computers or tablets, and Lakeside Elementary in Grand Rapids, MI uses theirs for after school programs, such as the math team.
In the past two years, 22 of our lodges have made a difference by collecting Box Tops for the schools in their communities. Keep up the good work!
ACS, FLMI, Member Programs Assistant
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