On Monday, April 2, in the early evening, I was able to join about 100 other crazy Box Tops For Education ladies from the Chicagoland area for Box Tops University. Some other ladies also represented from St. Louis, Michigan and ALASKA!
For the last three or so years, I have been the coordinator at the school that the cellist goes to, and this coordinating stuff has been bittersweet. It’s no small feat to collect these, but when you do, it’s AWESOME!
For those of you STILL in the dark about Box Tops, let me give you a bit of background :
- American schools have earned more that $445 million through Box Tops for Education since the start of the program in 1996.
- More than 90,000 K-8 schools are enrolled in the program
- There are more than 240 Box Tops for Education brands including Cheerios, Betty Crocker, Land O’ Lakes, Old El Paso, Hanes, Ziploc, Hefty, Pillsbury, Juicy Juice,Avery,Kleenex, Brita, and Boise
- There are more than 70,000 coordinators involved in the program (that’s a LOT of crazy Box Tops Ladies!)
- The Box Tops for Education Facebook Page has over 800,000 fans
The Box Tops for Education program began in 1996, as more and more schools struggled to make ends meet. Usually a designated program coordinator develops ways to encourage students, parents school staff and community members to clip Box Tops from participating products and bring them to school.After the collected Box Tops are sent to General Mills, the school receives a check that is equivalent to 10 cents for every Box Top redeemed. They can spend it as they wish.