We are exactly 4 weeks away from school starting around here. As my boys relish their last few weeks of sleeping in and summer fun (broken up by occasional bouts of “I’m bored” moments), I am starting to get ready for back to school. That means picking up school supply deals, deciding if last year’s lunchbox and backpack will work again and making sure they both have enough clothes that fit.
I’m also gearing back up as their school’s Box Tops for Education coordinator which requires a bit of work from me and other members of the PTO. I hope to encourage you to start collecting and supporting your school with Box Tops for Education this year (hopefully most of you do already)!
How To support your school with Box Tops For Education
1) Buy products that participate in Box Tops for Education!
This may seem like a no-brainer but I think it’s an important reminder. From cereal and dairy products to cleaners and household supplies, there are over 100 different products that participate in the Box Tops for Education program. I’ve heard people claim they don’t eat processed foods so they can’t participate. Wrong! Lots of Reynolds Consumer Products brands like Reynolds® Parchment Paper and Hefty® Trash Bags are in the included in the Box Tops for Education Program. And remember parchment paper your best friend when you are making a duct tape craft! 🙂
2) Remove the Box Tops as soon as possible.
Well, wait until your purchase the product of course. 😉 I’m not advocating taking Box Tops off products at the store. As soon as you get home and start putting groceries away, try and remove the Box Tops if you can. This eliminates the possibility of an empty packaging being thrown away with the Box Top still on it.
3) Train your people to look before tossing or recycling packaging.
Ask your kids (and spouse) to double check packaging before tossing it into the recycling bin. My family is pretty well trained and will point Box Tops out to me before I even have a chance to remove and save them.
4) Have a designated collection spot.
Because nobody likes clutter. We save our Box Tops in a plastic baggie in the junk drawer. Once it’s full I send with my kiddo to school and we start a new collection bag.
5) Ask your friends and family to save Box Tops for you!
Don’t forget to ask your friend and family members to save Box Tops for you. My grandma is amazing at this and gives me a little bag of Box Tops about once a month. It’s an easy way to ask for help supporting your child’s school at no cost to them.
You could also ask them to enter the Hefty and Reynolds Box Tops for Education “School Supplied” sweepstakes and daily instant win game too! Enter daily through July 30th and you could win 10,000 Box Tops for your school.
Now where are my naysayers who point out that each Box Top is only worth 10¢ each? It’s true, they are only worth a dime each but they can and do add up quickly. Our small school (with under 300 kids) earns over $1,000 each year! And that’s a check cut to the school to spend on anything we need like playground equipment, school supplies or student activities.
Could your school use an extra $1,000? I bet it could!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.