General Mills began the Box Tops for Education program as an experiment on boxes of Cheerios in 1996. In its first year, the program earned $1 million dollars. To date, it has grown to include over 240 participating brands in addition to Cheerios and has provided needed cash for 90,000 enrolled K-8 schools.
School budget cuts have made the program more and more important over the years as it proicides unrestricted cash to aid schools with basic operating needs, such as field trips, textbooks, playground and classroom equipment, and arts and cultural program.
When my oldest daughter started kindergarten 5 years ago, I jumped at the chance to volunteer with the BOE program. I helped to collect Box Tops from each classroom on a monthly basis. Part of that responsibility included counting, clipping, and binding the Box Tops into groups of 50 so that the coordinator could send them directly to General Mills.
My daughters' school provides incentives to the winning classroom for each month including a small prize for each child and a certificate such as this one that my daughter received last month for being the classroom with the highest Box Top collection amount.
I recently caught up with Cathy, the Box Tops coordinator at my daughters' school. This year the school has a goal of $3,200. On average, the school collects between $2,800 and $3,000 worth of Box Tops. All monies received on behalf of Box Tops collections are added to the general PTO funds and are distributed where needed. Those needs include field trips and kindergarten orientation.
Each month a winning class is chosen based on the class that submits the most Box Tops.The class received a small prize such as a pencil or an eraser in addition to the certificate shown above.
Box Tops are a great way to support your school by buying products that you use on a daily basis. It's super easy to contribute, and the return on your investment is huge!
I am making it even easier for you to make a contribution to your school by offering a Box Tops for Education Pantry Stock Up giveaway!!!
Filled with delicious and nutritious snacks and meal solutions, home organizing and cleaning products and cost-cutting coupons, the Pantry Stock Up gift pack includes:
- New Peanut Butter Toast Crunch® cereal
- Nature Valley® Chewy Trail Mix Dark Chocolate Cherry and Protein Salted Caramel
- Fiber One® Protein Bars
- Progresso® Recipe Starters
- Food Should Taste Good® Chips
- Green Giant Fresh® Box Tops for Education pencil pouch
- Hamburger Helper® Sweet & Sour Chicken and Parmesan Crusted Chicken
- Betty Crocker® Mac & Cheese and Au Gratin potatoes
- Kleenex® wallet pack and 184 count box
- Scott® toilet paper (4 roll) and paper towel roll
- Avery® dry erase weekly calendar
- Ziploc® bowls and bags
- Yoplait® Frozen Yogurt free product coupon
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One winner will be chosen and notified via email. Selected winner will have 48 hours to confirm mailing address. If winner fails to respond within the 48 hours, a new winner will be selected.
All entrants must live in the United States and must be 18 years of age or older.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary box just like the one being offered in this giveaway. All factual information was provided by General Mills. All opinions are my own.