*Giveaway* Box Tops for Education Raises More than $500 Million for Schools

BTFE-Logo1Since my oldest child is only in Pre-K, I just started learning more about the Box Tops for Education Program (BTFE) this year, which is the nation’s largest school fundraising program. If you weren’t aware of how powerful this program is, you will by the end of this paragraph. 😉 The General Mills program began as an experiment on boxes of Cheerios with the first year, and has now grown to include more than 240 participating brands providing needed cash for 90,000 enrolled K-8 schools. 75,000 BTFE coordinator volunteers make up the heart of the program, whose job it is to motivate local school communities to collect the 10-cent coupons which are redeemed for cash the schools use for whatever they need most.

Since the program’s inception in 1996, it has raised over $500 million dollars for schools across the country! Did you get that??? That’s half a billion dollars y’all! Can you imagine what your child’s school could do with some of this extra money? Well I wanted to find out just that. So I caught up with Mrs. Benson, my niece’s third grade teacher over at Weller Road Elementary School, to find out a little more about what it is that their school is doing to make this program so fun and successful. Apparently, my niece’s class is extremely competitive and they won a pizza party for collecting the most box tops.. So here is what Mrs. Benson had to share with me:

How long has the school participated in the program?

Ms. Benson: This year was the first year. 

How do you get the students encouraged and excited about the program? What kinds of activities do you have them participate in?

Ms. Benson: I hype it up in my classroom and, school wide, the incentive is a pizza party or ice cream party.
 
How will the money help the school? What will the school use the extra funds for?

Ms. Benson: We have not decided what we will be using the money for but it will probably go to more books for classrooms or math manipulatives.

Any other information to share about the school’s involvement on the program?

Ms. Benson: The students seem to enjoy it and get really into it with the updates on how much each class is collecting.

Thank you to Ms. Benson and the students over at Weller Road Elementary school for sharing their experience with us and for doing their part in helping to raise money for the school!

To celebrate this milestone, 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.

In addition, one lucky reader will win a BTFE pantry stock up prize pack!

Wanna know what’s in it??? Well, I’m glad you asked! 😉 This pantry stock up will include:

Box Tops for Education Pantry Stock Up Giveaway

  • New Peanut Butter Toast Crunch Cereal
  • Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix
  • Fiber One Protein Bars
  • Progresso Recipe Starters
  • Food Should Taste Good Chips
  • Green Giant Fresh BTFE pencil pouch
  • Hamburger Helper Sweet and Sour Chicken and Parmesean 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

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 March 1st is the submission deadline for Box Tops for Education.  Participating schools will be turning in Box Tops that they have received from their students and parents on this day.

Does your child attend one of these schools to benefit from the dollars raised through the Box Top for Education (BTFE) program? If not, be sure to check out this great post on ways you can get your child’s school involved.

**Disclaimer: Information regarding the BTFE program, products and promotional items have graciously been provided by General Mills and Box Tops for Education and its program partners.** 

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Ronnie_BMWK
    February 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Our school participates in the Box Tops program…and Lamar and I are on the Box Tops committee. We hold weekly competitions and the kids get so excited about being recognized!!! This is an awesome program.
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      Christine St.Vil
      February 20, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Thanks for sharing Ronnie! This experience has motivated me to get on the Box Tops committee at my son’s school, as I was unable to get a hold of anyone that could provide more info. This is a great program and I’m looking forward to doing my part to help their school earn more money.

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    T. Espi
    February 21, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    My sons school does box top contests but I definitely think they could use a little push.
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      Christine St.Vil
      February 22, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      Hey Te! I’m definitely going to give my son’s school a bit of a push as well 😉

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    Sandy
    February 22, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    I don’t have any kids yet, but I’m really looking forward to participating in this when I do have them!

    My favorite item would be the Avery dry erase weekly calendar

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      Christine St.Vil
      February 22, 2013 at 12:35 AM

      Hi Sandy! Thanks for sharing and entering! I just LOVE the dry erase calendars and have a big one hanging in my kitchen 😉

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    amyc
    February 22, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    Not sure what my school has gotten. My favorite item is the toilet paper. You have no idea how much my little one likes to waste it. 🙂

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    Laura Jacobson
    February 22, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Our school got some new playground equipment a few years ago, but I am not sure what else they have done with them. Such a great program! I cant wait to try the Hamburger Helper Parmesean Crusted Chicken!

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    Jessie C.
    February 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    My favorite item would be Ziploc

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    Mary Happymommy
    February 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    From the prize pack my favorite items are the Fiber One protein bars.

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    Janice Cooper
    February 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Hamburger Helper is my favorite participating item

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    Elena
    February 22, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    My favorite items are Ziploc bags

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    Judy S
    February 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    I would like the Fiber One Protein Bars.

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    Jessica To
    February 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    I like the Kleenex from the prize pack.

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    Tim
    February 22, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    We have been doing box tops for about 5 years. We never really hear about the results of what the school was able to get with them. Maybe I should ask!

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      Christine St.Vil
      February 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM

      Hi Tim! Yes, you should definitely ask about the results and maybe even see how you can help even more 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Jennifer Marie
    February 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    The Nature Valley Chewy Trail Mix sounds good.

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    Amanda Sakovitz
    February 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    my favorite item is the ziploc bags

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    Thomas Murphy
    February 22, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    I like the Fiber One Protein Bars

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    Nataly Carbonell
    February 23, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Hamburger Helper 🙂

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    Carolsue
    February 23, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    My favorite item from the prize pack is the New Peanut Butter Toast Crunch Cereal

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    David
    February 23, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    Our school doesn’t formally solicit box tops, but tons of kids do bring them in.

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    Joyce@MommyTalkShow
    February 23, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    One of my friends @brownsugachic is asking for Box Tops for her son’s school!
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      Christine St.Vil
      February 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      Hey Joyce! Thanks for sharing! Definitely have her enter to win and also check out the link from BMWK on ways she can help to collect more. 🙂

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    Heather!
    February 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Our school just reminds families in their newsletters, etc. that they accept and redeem them, so we have always saved ours. I am excited about the Fiber One bars! 🙂

    Thanks!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

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      Christine St.Vil
      February 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      That’s great! Thanks for sharing Heather and good luck 🙂

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    Tabathia B
    February 23, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Fav item is the Peanut Butter Toast Crunch Cereal

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    rebecca shockley
    February 24, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    I like Cheerios and PB toast crunch

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    Barbara Montag
    February 24, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Favorite – Fiber One Protein Bars.
    Great snack on the run!
    Thank you.

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    D SCHMIDT
    February 24, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    My favorite item is the Ziploc bags!

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    courtney b
    February 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    we’ve never done that but we stocked up on a lot of cereal!

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    Stacey B
    February 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    My favorite items are all of the paper products!!

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    Ashley Hatten
    February 26, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    I like Cheerios and Ziplocs

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