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How Box Tops supports our school

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Does your school collect Box Tops? Ours does and has for years and if yours does not, anyone can take on the task of asking to collect Box Tops if you contact your PTA or ASB. These funds add up fast! In the last half of last year, we made $2,802.90. Typically ASB gets this money and not the PTA. Last year and this year I serve as PTA President for my son’s school and last year, our ASB donated that refund check to our PTA! Thats was huge. Let me tell you how those funds helped the school at the end of the year!

Every year we do a water carnival. We have a big hill and the Fire Department comes out and tarps the hill and hooks a hose up for the kids to have a giant water slide. We also have a field full of other games and we do this the last Thursday of every school year. The kids come in stages throughout the day and get their Water Carnival time in and it is a huge hit!! They get popcorn and snow cones and 
prizes galore. 
This year threw us for a loop as for the first time ever we were declared in drought here in Western Washington and we could not use that water from the hose for the slide. The Fire Department still hooked up a smaller hose for us to have access near the field for filling water balloons and spray bottles, but we had to compensate for not having the popular water slide. The kids were so bummed so we were prepared to find ways to dig in the budget and find a replacement activity they will love. The ASB timing on handing us the Box Top funds was perfect as we used those funds to give them a great day minus the slide! We added an extra bounce house and more water games so that were a lot more drought friendly than the water slide. Box Tops helped us save Water Carnival Day!
When you send in your Box Tops to the schools, they are turned in twice a year which is why you may see another push for them in spring from the schools. Before mailing them all out, volunteers will cut and check for over-expired Box Tops. If you have old ones, still turn them in because a lot of times we get a cut off and can still take certain past dates because Box Tops is gracious like that! It takes a bit of work so if no one has volunteered to do this at your school, please be the one who does!
It is so rewarding when that check comes in and the kids can have some fun or needs met that otherwise may not have been possible. In a school of 752 elementary students that $2,802.90 was only from one half of the year so it is worth your time. I have even found online printables to go home with families so you don’t even have to create a flyer. They have some already!
Box Tops are on so many products from General Mills cereals to Betty Crocker foods and fruit snacks, Fiber One, Pillsbury and more! I found a lot throughout my local Walmart store such as the products above. Don’t have a student? Drop them off at your local school or district office and they can donate to a school participating. All you do is clip and save them until you can drop them off every so often! The kids can even take care of that task before taking recycling out. We look at our products before breaking down any food box. Each box top collected is worth $0.10 for the school.
Come back tomorrow on another post about Box Tops for Education and how you can prepare a fun after school snack set up with rewards as your child does well or earns one.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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