If you have been reading She Scribes for a few years you might recall that I have posted about Box Tops for Education in the past. I even attended a local conference where I got to learn more about the program and talk with people who are passionate about helping their schools benefit from such a wonderful program.
If you are unfamiliar with Box Tops for Education, like me give you a brief introduction.
I’m sure you have seen the Box Tops for Education logos on select products in your local grocery store. You might even have a few products in your pantry right now with the labels on them.
Many schools across the country collect these labels and redeem them for cash that can be used to help the school buy much needed supplies. Each Box Top for Education label that is redeemed is worth .10 cents for the school. I know that might not sound like much, but there are schools out there that raise THOUSANDS of dollars each year just by collecting the Box Tops for Education labels from school families and their communities. When I was at the conference a couple of years ago they talked about a school that raised a whopping $17,000 for their school in one year simply by collecting and redeeming the Box Tops for Education labels.
If you are not sure if your school participates simply ask a PTA member. If your school does not participate perhaps you might want to consider working with the PTA to start collecting for your school TODAY.
I keep a small, sandwich size baggie on my cork board where I keep the Box Tops for Education labels that I cut out and save. My kid’s schools do not actively participate (much to my dismay) but the elementary school does. Whenever the bag gets full I give the contents to an ex-neighbor of ours whose daughter attends the elementary school. When my kids were in the elementary school I would send the labels in with them.
In addition to collecting labels you can also earn virtual Box Tops for your school simply by shopping online at stores you might normally shop at like Walmart, Children’s Place, Target, Sephora, PetSmart, Old Navy, iTunes and Kmart. In order to earn the virtual credits for your school you must shop at these (and other) online stores via the Marketplace area of the Box Tops for Education website. You simply enter your favorite store through their portal and your purchases are turned into credits for your school.
You can learn how I shopped through the Box Tops for Education Marketplace and earned credits for my school here, http://www.shescribes.com/2011/11/box-tops-for-education-marketplace-your-one-stop-shop-for-all-your-holiday-needs.html.
There are over 250 online stores participating. If you are going to shop online at these stores it only makes perfect sense to let your school benefit too. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and the school earns money for much needed supplies. It’s a win-win situation.
It doesn’t matter where you live in the United States, most school are in need of funds and supplies. Bake sales and fundraisers are not always enough. That is why programs such as Box Tops for Education are so important. Even if you don’t have a child or grandchild in school, or if your school does not participate, there is still a school local to you that you can donate the Box Tops that you collect to.
Since the program started in 1996, schools have raised almost $500 MILLION dollars using Box Tops for Education. That is amazing!
There are many different brands that participate. You do not have to shop other then you normally do. Simply purchase your favorite products from your favorite store, then clip off the Box Tops for Education labels, save them up and then offer them to a participating school near you.
If you would like to learn more about the program you can read about my experience at the Box Tops for Education conference here, http://www.shescribes.com/2011/04/box-tops-for-education-its-more-then-just-a-piece-of-paper-giveaway.html. You can also visit the official website, www.BoxTops4Education.com. On the website you can also find yummy recipes, coupons, resources and more.
In celebration of reaching more than $500 million to schools since the program started in 1996, Box Tops for Education and General Mills would like to give a lucky reader a great assortment of many popular products and trusted household brands.
The prize package includes ALL of the following items;
- New Peanut Butter Toast Crunch Cereal
- Nature Valley Chew Trail Mix Dark Chocolate Cherry Bars
- Nature Valley Protein Salted Caramel Bars
- Fiber One Protein Bars
- Progresso Recipe Starter
- Food Should Taste Good Chips
- A Green Giant Pencil Pouch with pencils and other goodies inside
- Hamburger Helper Sweet & Sour Chicken
- Hamburger Helper Parmesan Crusted Chicken
- Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese
- Betty Crocker Au Gratin Potatoes
- Scott Toilet Paper (4 pack)
- Scott Paper Towel (1 roll)
- Kleenex Tissues (184 count box and travel packs)
- Avery dry erase weekly calendar
- Ziploc sandwich bags
- Ziploc left over/storage bowls
- Coupon for a FREE Yoplait frozen yogurt
That’s A LOT of great products! Thank you General Mills, Box Tops for Education and their partners.
By the way the Salted Caramel bars are out of this world! They are so good! :-)!
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on February 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me either your experience with Box Tops for Education – or- which product/products are you most excited about in the prize package?
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.
*Disclousure: The information, products and promotional items have been provided by General Mills and Box Tops for Education and it’s partners. There was no financial compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.