Box Tops for Education - Earn Money For Your Schools!

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You know those little Box Top symbols you see on so many every day products? Well, I've been collecting those things for almost 2 decades, even before I had kids of my own. I collected them for nieces, nephews and cousins even though I never quite understood how they worked. Although those cuties are all grown up now, I have children of my own and have continued cutting, collecting and passing them on to their schools. Now we have grandparents, aunts and uncles collecting for US! 

I was so happy and eager to participate in this campaign to help spread the word about this wonderful program that General Mills started in 1996 and how it can help your school and others across the country. Box Tops for Education makes it easy to give back to schools on your every day purchases. Simply look for the Box Tops label, clip, save and pass along to your schools of choice. Schools will receive $.10 for every box top you clip/save/send and can earn up to $20,000 a year!

Here are a couple quick tips that will save your PTA and parent volunteers a world of time and effort:
  1. Please cut as close as you can on the Box Top dotted line as they need to be precise to be submitted. Otherwise they will have to be trimmed by a wonderful, devoted volunteer. :)
  2. Make sure they aren't expired. :)
I headed out to my local Neighborhood Market Walmart to do a little shopping for this post:

If you're like me, you might have wondered if collecting these really make a difference for your school - believe it or not, they really do! Little Sis' elementary school earned about $2600 last year and $25,000 total in the almost 10 years it's been open. That's not shabby at all! Just think of some of the wonderful things this money could do for you school, for example, new technology equipment, playground equipment and/or improvements, a school garden, outdoor learning areas, fresh coat of paint and/or murals for their hallways, classroom supplies/necessities, books, just to name a few. How each school/PTA chooses to utilize these earnings will differ but it's all accomplished by the same simple task of clipping these little gems! Who knew that it can make that much of a difference? To see how much your school's earned over the years, just click here: Box Tops for Education School Earnings.

I have to say, I was a little disappointed to see that earnings at our school have been steadily declining over the past 4 years so it's my hope to spread awareness and get those numbers back up! To be honest, I had gotten a little lazy about clipping them over the past couple years, so you can bet that not a single Box Top will be escaping our scissors here on out! Especially since we have a hungry mouth to feed now...

And just because you may not have a school aged child in the family doesn't mean you can't still participate! Collect them and send them to relatives, friends, or just turn them into your nearest school - they will be so appreciated!

Why not make collecting Box Tops more fun by adding a craft that can get kids involved in saving for their school as well!? There's a huge sense of pride and accomplishment when they can bring their collection into their teachers during school-wide Box Top competitions to help their class win that pizza party or simply bringing them in when the jar is full. Or monster, in this case!

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To make this, we simply used the box from one of my purchases, the taco kit in this case, glued some construction paper onto it, cut a hole and had some fun.

I used to save my Box Tops in just an envelope, but then I got lazy and didn't feel like opening up the flap to put my Box Tops in each time, lol, so I cut a slit in the top of a baby food plastic container and made a little storage box. You can also stuff 'em in a lidless canning jar or make this Box Top-eating monster. It really doesn't matter how you collect them, as long as you collect 'em! :)

And of course I have to show you a lunch I put together with my purchases. Last night's dinner turned into today's lunches along with some sides. Make your own tacos at school!

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That's it! Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner, following My Epicurean Adventures on Facebook or on Instagram - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

Here are some items used in this post. To see a full list of my favorite bento gear and such, just visit my "Products I Love" page! :) Any purchases made through these links earns me a little extra cash to support my bento habit, which my hubby would really appreciate. haha! So thank you!!! if you choose to use any of 'em! :)

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Carrie said...

Oh my goodness, love your post! The monster made from the taco box is so creative, we have tacos every week and I should try this with my daughter that loves crafts!!

I would love for you to stop by my box tops post:

Thank you!!

Penelope said...

Oh, that's cool. I didn't know GM did that.

Gene said...

Good when corporate bodies create initiatives that allow the children and communities to partner with them.

Bento Ninja said...

Tacos are always a dinner favorite around here - and I have to confess I really didn't know how Box Tops for Education worked either! What a great program!