Collect More Box Tops For Your School with These Tips

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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. bxtops

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.

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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79 Responses to Collect More Box Tops For Your School with These Tips
  1. Christine Tolhurst
    February 13, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    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.
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    • Diane Nassy
      February 13, 2013 | 2:41 pm

      Oh yeah, I do remember Campbell’s soup labels being the big thing when I was in school.

  2. Kristy Vescio
    February 13, 2013 | 3:38 pm

    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!

  3. brandy b
    February 13, 2013 | 5:45 pm

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

  4. Elena
    February 13, 2013 | 6:26 pm

    I am excited about ZipLoc

  5. Mami2jcn
    February 13, 2013 | 6:40 pm

    I’m excited about the Fiber One protein bars.

  6. Tammy S
    February 13, 2013 | 8:51 pm

    I am most excited about the Ziploc bags. We use them for everything.

  7. Frugal and Fun Mom
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    February 14, 2013 | 12:22 am

    I actually just signed on to be the Box Tops Coordinator for my school. I recently sent out the first email in this role, and the response has been wonderful!

  8. Ashley S
    February 14, 2013 | 9:52 am

    Even though we homeschool, my kids still love collecting box tops and sending them to the local schools. These are some really great tips!
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  9. Jessie C.
    February 14, 2013 | 11:10 am

    I’m excited about Ziploc products

  10. Mia Dentice Carey
    February 14, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    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.

  11. Jessica To
    February 14, 2013 | 4:03 pm

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

  12. Denise Taylor-Dennis
    February 14, 2013 | 4:35 pm

    I collect the box tops for my coworker they do this program at her kids school.
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  13. Nicole Strunk
    February 14, 2013 | 6:15 pm

    I save them for my niece and my BF’s kids

  14. MaryAnn Casey
    February 15, 2013 | 9:23 am

    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.

  15. Kristen
    February 15, 2013 | 10:55 am

    I want the Ziplock bags. Yes, we collect!!!

  16. tina reynolds
    February 15, 2013 | 12:59 pm

    Ziploc bags I use at least three or four a day
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  17. Alison
    February 15, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    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!

  18. Katherine
    February 15, 2013 | 5:57 pm

    I save all mine for my daughters school It is .10 everytime you clip one~

  19. Barbara Montag
    February 15, 2013 | 6:09 pm

    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.

  20. Katie Bellamy
    February 15, 2013 | 8:47 pm

    This is such a great prize. I’d be excited to get any of it! :)

  21. Ann Fantom
    February 15, 2013 | 9:18 pm

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

  22. kelly nicholson
    February 15, 2013 | 10:15 pm

    either your experience with Box Tops for Education

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

  23. Renee G
    February 15, 2013 | 10:27 pm

    I always save boxtops for our local grade school.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

  24. Sonya
    February 15, 2013 | 11:19 pm

    I save them for our local school.

  25. Deborah Mireles
    February 16, 2013 | 2:10 am

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

  26. debbie
    February 16, 2013 | 7:17 am

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

  27. Cynthia C
    February 16, 2013 | 7:52 am

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

  28. Tari Lawson
    February 16, 2013 | 8:19 am

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

  29. EMMA L HORTON
    February 16, 2013 | 10:15 am

    SCOTT TOLIT PAPER

  30. Jennifer
    February 16, 2013 | 12:27 pm

    I always save box tops for my kids school!! We love hamburger helper!

  31. Suzy
    February 16, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    I save box tops for a school. Thanks for the contest.

  32. Ttrockwood
    February 16, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    Im most excited about the fiber one protein bars!

  33. Karen M
    February 16, 2013 | 6:32 pm

    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

  34. Laura Jacobson
    February 16, 2013 | 8:04 pm

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

  35. Seyma Shabbir
    February 16, 2013 | 11:28 pm

    I cut them and give them to my sons school

  36. Gina H.
    February 17, 2013 | 12:38 am

    My niece’s school collects box tops.

  37. Deb K
    February 17, 2013 | 12:46 am

    I save the Box Tops for the grandchildren!

  38. Sheila K.
    February 17, 2013 | 5:33 pm

    I would love to try the Progresso Recipe Starter!

  39. Tim
    February 17, 2013 | 5:39 pm

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

  40. Ellie W
    February 17, 2013 | 7:32 pm

    I’m excited to try New Peanut Butter Toast Crunch Cereal

  41. Austin Baroudi
    February 17, 2013 | 9:34 pm

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

  42. David
    February 18, 2013 | 1:54 am

    I want to try the Progresso Recipe Starters

  43. Jill Myrick
    February 18, 2013 | 3:40 pm

    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.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  44. Sarah S
    February 18, 2013 | 4:18 pm

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

  45. Monique Rizzo
    February 18, 2013 | 6:24 pm

    I love the Peanut butter toast crunch.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  46. Laura ari
    February 18, 2013 | 10:28 pm

    I use box top products and my school

  47. Cori Westphal
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    February 18, 2013 | 10:52 pm

    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
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  48. JoAnn F.
    February 19, 2013 | 9:03 am

    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

  49. Sadie
    February 19, 2013 | 9:42 am

    We love to collect box tops. I like the kleenex in this prize.

  50. sandra
    February 19, 2013 | 10:16 am

    i’m the coordinator for our school

  51. Livivua c
    February 19, 2013 | 11:03 am

    I collect boxtops for daughter and ilove the ziploc

  52. Paula Tavernie
    February 19, 2013 | 12:47 pm

    Im excited about the Scott Toilet paper!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  53. Sharold Friedrich
    February 19, 2013 | 4:02 pm

    Food Should Taste Good Chips sound good

  54. Edna Williams
    February 19, 2013 | 5:12 pm

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

  55. Vikki Billings
    February 19, 2013 | 9:17 pm

    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.

  56. karen mayernick
    February 19, 2013 | 9:20 pm

    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.

  57. Peggy D
    February 19, 2013 | 9:30 pm

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

    sweetheart4171(at)yahoo(dot)com

  58. Jennifer
    February 19, 2013 | 9:31 pm

    I’m most excited about the Peanut Butter Toast Crunch!

  59. Carol W
    February 19, 2013 | 9:42 pm

    I am excited to try the peanut butter toast crunch

  60. Elise
    February 19, 2013 | 10:44 pm

    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!

  61. Sonya
    February 20, 2013 | 12:07 am

    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)
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  62. Jennifer R
    February 20, 2013 | 12:56 am

    I am most excited about the Ziploc products.

  63. Corey Olomon
    February 20, 2013 | 4:28 am

    I like ziplocs.

  64. Leslie Stanziani
    February 20, 2013 | 9:25 am

    I have always collected box tops and love Scott tp.

  65. Terry Cross
    February 20, 2013 | 11:08 am

    I collect the Box Tops for my grandsons

  66. Lisa Garner
    February 20, 2013 | 11:45 am

    I’m most excited to try the Peanut Butter Toast Crunch.

  67. Rosey
    February 20, 2013 | 12:30 pm

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

  68. Nicole C.
    February 20, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    I am excited about the Nature Valley Protein Salted Caramel Bars.

  69. Thomas Murphy
    February 20, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    I am most excited about the Food Should Taste Good Chips

  70. Amanda Sakovitz
    February 20, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    I always give them to my brother for my niece’s school

  71. Helga
    February 20, 2013 | 6:11 pm

    Im excited to win the nature valley protein bars!

  72. AEKZ2
    February 20, 2013 | 6:48 pm

    My children love collecting Box Tops for their school.

  73. Krystal M
    February 20, 2013 | 9:22 pm

    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!

  74. Beverly Metcalf
    February 20, 2013 | 9:23 pm

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

  75. Denise Wei-Vital
    February 20, 2013 | 10:00 pm

    I love box tops! I run the program at Andre’s school. Such a great way to earn money.

  76. meme
    February 20, 2013 | 10:08 pm

    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.

  77. Andrew L.
    February 20, 2013 | 10:15 pm

    Most excited for the Ziploc Storage Bags, we use these quite often.

  78. Breanne
    February 20, 2013 | 10:30 pm

    I like the Ziploc sandwich bags

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