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Collect More Box Tops For Your School with These Tips

Collect More Box Tops For Education for Your School With these simple tips

Are you collecting Box Tops for Education? You should!

Box Tops for Education is a school fund raising program that was created by cereal titan and Fortune-500 company General Mills® in 1996. Hundreds of brand names participate in the program, and one can find these special labels on popular breakfast cereals, snacks, beverages, baking mixes, frozen and fresh produce and many other foods.

Betty Crocker® is one of the major food brands that participates in Box Tops, along with other well-known sponsors including Green Giant®, Old El Paso®, Nestle®, and Pillsbury®. Since its inception, the program has generated more than 475 million dollars for schools all over the country.

One of the main attractions of the program is that it is really very simple to participate. As the program has evolved, it has become a staple of annual and ongoing projects at many schools. To help your school earn money from the box tops program, you can:

  • shop at any store carrying the specially-marked products.
  • shop online for those and other products (these digital box tops are added to a school’s account automatically).
  • enter online contests to win thousands of Bonus Box Tops awarded monthly.
  • ask family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors to clip and save.

Box Tops for Education drives can raise a lot of cash for schools as long as there are energetic coordinators to promote and organize these efforts. Coordinators are usually parent or student volunteers who are responsible for managing activities and drives throughout the school year. The coordinator must also gather and mail all of the box tops collected for his or her school before the semi-annual submission deadlines in October and February.

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One of the most challenging parts of coordinating a Box Tops for Education collection drive is motivating students and parents to clip the vouchers and bring them to school. While most people want to help raise money for school, it is easy to forget something as simple as cutting off a box top. One of the best ways to keep the program fresh in everyone’s mind. You can do this by:

  • constantly promoting the program in the school newsletter and/or PTA.
  • sending informational flyers along with collection sheets home with the students. The leaflets should provide a brief explanation of the program, its historical impact on the school’s funding, and a list of the participating brands.
  • setting up collection bins at the local grocery store, library, and senior center.
  • setting up a box tops “store” where students can exchange box tops for prizes.

Another way to motivate students is by holding contests. Many schools offer special rewards to the students or classrooms that collect the most Box Tops. Some prize examples that are popular among elementary school children include pizza or ice cream parties or field trips for winning classes and restaurant or retail gift certificates for individual students. Older students may also enjoy pizza parties, but they will probably work harder for retail gift cards and “points” or virtual currency for music downloads or online gaming sites. Larger schools may even offer a grand prize like a bicycle, hand-held gaming console, or tablet PC for exceptional participants.

Hopefully these tips can help your school collect more box tops.

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Diane Nassy

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  • I try very hard to remember to collect Box Tops for my daughter’s school. She is great at reminding me and catching me when I am about to throw away a box or package that has them on it. When I was a kid, we collected Campbell’s labels for my school.

  • Love big G products and try to buy as many as I can. Back in my day, all we collected were Campbell’s soup labels, when you needed the whole label!

  • I forgot all about Cambell soup labels!! lol
    I cut out and save box tops for my nephew!

  • Even though we homeschool, my kids still love collecting box tops and sending them to the local schools. These are some really great tips!

  • Just this year I’ve been helping my son’s school with their box tops…counting them out. Anything to help get the school supplies that they would otherwise not have due to budget cuts.

  • I’m excited about the Chicken Helper. I have been saving box tops since 2008!

  • I’d love to try the new chicken helpers and Scott is the brand of toilet paper in our home so a free pack would be great.

  • I really like Box Tops – this is such a great way for my daughter’s school to earn money, plus I am excited about all of the products featured, not just one!

  • I’m all excited about the large variety of bars!
    These are great to take with you where ever you do for a quick snack.
    Thank you.

  • I’ve collected Box Tops afor about 13 years. First for my niece and now for my daughter.

  • either your experience with Box Tops for Education

    mom still saves them and gives them to the school across the street

  • im excited about the Avery dry erase weekly calendar I really need one of these!

  • I really want to try the progresso recipe starters. The portobella mushroom one, looks really good.

  • I used to save box tops for my kids’ school and now I save for my nephew.

  • I have been clipping Box Tops for years for my kids school. It is a great program.

  • I have been saving Box Tops for Education for years, first for my younger son and now for my grandkids. Their schools always have promotions for bringing them in. Thanks

  • Oh I am really excited to try the Hamburger Helper Parmesan Crusted Chicken!

  • I want to try the Peanut Butter cinnamon toast crunch. I have not seen those in my area.

  • I am most excited to try the Nature Valley Protein Salted Caramel Bars!

  • We have been saving box tops for education since my kids began school. I love the program and think that it’s great the way that it helps schools.

    Some of our favorites are Honey Nut Cheerios, Nature Valley Granola Bars and Hamburger Helper.


  • I am most excited to try the Nature Valley Chew Trail Mix Dark Chocolate Cherry Bars.

  • I collect Box Tops and I think I get most of them from Zip Loc products! But I’d love to try out the Betty Crocker Mac & Cheese!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • My kids are all out of school and my grandson is too young to be in school.I still give the boxtops to my neighbor so her son brings them to school.My grandson will love the Peanut Butter Toast Crunch Cereal. Thank you!
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

  • Oh yeah! I am exited about the Fiber One Protein Bars, so a free pack would be great.

  • We collect the box tops for our grandson’s school, he gets so excited when he finds a box top! We love being able to help the school while buying products we love and use daily.

  • I would love to win this! The only experience I have with box tops is that i save them, then split them up between the kids to turn into school. I love the contest! Best. Prize. Ever.

  • I’m most excited about the Fiber One Protein Bars….love ’em


  • I don’t have kids, but I like to save my box tops and then give them away to someone who does and collects them!

  • We collect Box Tops for our school, and I’ve collected them since I was young (I would donate them to a school or neighbor before I had kids)

  • My son’s elementary school collects box tops so we save them and donate them regularly.

  • I am excited about the Hamburger Helper Sweet & Sour Chicken! We love Sweet & Sour Chicken, but usually only get it when we go out to a Chinese restaurant or something… It would be nice to make it at home!

  • I always save my box tops for our local school. Thanks for this contest.

  • I am always checking to make sure we have taken the box tops off before the packages are thrown away. This is a great way for the schools to get things the kids need and I help as much as I can.