I’ve written about Box Tops For Education before, on this blog and on Mom Knows It All. I think it’s an absolutely fantastic program that every school should be participating in. It’s a great way to earn money for your school while doing things you already do. No overpriced items to buy like wrapping paper. No door to door sales or bugging your friends and family like, well, like most fundraisers.
The Box Tops For Education program has been around since 1996, the year after my oldest son was born. I remember when I first heard of it, my son was in Kindergarden. I never dreamed the program would grow to be as popular and valuable as it’s become. Recently Box Tops for Education announced that it has earned more than half-a-billion dollars for schools across the country since it started in 1996. Now that’s a lot of cash!
For those unfamiliar, here’s a little background on Box Tops For Education.
The General Mills program began as an experiment on boxes of Cheerios in California with first year earnings of only $1 million. It has grown to include more than 240 participating brands providing needed cash for 90,000 enrolled K-8 schools. At the heart of the program is more than 75,000 volunteer Box Tops for Education coordinators who motivate local school communities to collect the 10-cent coupons which are redeemed for cash schools use for whatever they need most.
School budget cuts have made the program more and more important over the years as it provides unrestricted cash to help schools with their basic operating needs and programs that would not be possible otherwise, such as field trips, textbooks, musical instruments, playground equipment, classroom technology and arts and cultural programming.
“I witnessed the power of the program when I visited several schools in the state a few months ago,” said New Mexico governor, Susana Martinez. “After seeing how easy it was to earn cash for schools, I started encouraging everyone to participate to help students get the things they need most to improve their education experience. I congratulate Box Tops for Education on reaching this impressive level of support for students everywhere.”
“We are very impressed at how far the Box Tops program has come,” said Mark Addicks, chief marketing officer at General Mills. “To say that we’ve awarded schools more than $525 million through this simple program is amazing to us. However, it’s due largely to our participating brand partners and passionate coordinators that have propelled the program to this level.”
On average, schools in the U.S. earn around $900 annually through the program, but many schools earn more than $20,000 by clipping Box Tops, participating in bonus programs and shopping 300 online eBoxTops® retailers at the Box Tops Marketplace®.
To celebrate reaching such a huge milestone, this winter the program is offering a variety of bonus Box Tops on more than 50 million packages at grocery stores and at btfe.com, allowing shoppers to double their earnings with select products. So now is a great time to stock up on your favorite products with Box Tops, because the money goes to a good place – your child’s school.
ONE winner will receive a pantry stock up gift pack including:
- 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
HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)
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THE SMALL PRINT.
The winner will be selected using the “And the winner is” plugin. US addresses only please, no PO Boxes. This contest will end on Friday 03/15/13 at 11:59 pm est. If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within 24 hours of my email notifying them they’ve won. Good luck to everyone!
Information, products and promotional items have been provided by General Mills and Box Tops for Education and its program partners. I received a pantry stock up box like the one that the winner of this giveaway will receive. Please note that any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.