What are Box Tops for Education

Box Tops™ seem to be everywhere, aren’t they? They are on just about every major non-perishable in my pantry, and I’m sure the same goes for your pantry, too. I have become to accustomed to seeing Box Tops™ on all of my products, from cereals to dinner kits to address labels at my office. I have never truly stopped to think about what Box Tops™ really are, or more importantly, how beneficial they are to our local schools.

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So…what are Box Tops™ for Education?

General Mills® launched Box Tops™ for Education on their cereal boxes in 1996. Beginning on cereal boxes, Box Tops™ have evolved and are now located on baking products, paper products, frozen and refrigerated items and everything in between. Since its inception, Box Tops™ for Education has contributed over $525 million to participating schools. Over 80,000 k-8 schools participate in the program, earning $0.10 for each Box Top™ clipped and turned in. It is one of America’s largest school earnings loyalty programs. Once the Box Tops™ are collected, schools can use cash to buy whatever they need, from supplies to playground equipment.

The best way to start collecting Box Tops™ is by purchasing products affiliated with them. Walking up and down the aisles of my local Walmart I am overwhelmed by how many products truly have Box Tops™ attached. Every time we purchase one of these products and toss the Box Tops™, it’s like throwing away free money for our kid’s school! I never realized this was the case, and boy do I feel terrible! While Aidan isn’t quite in elementary school yet, now is as good of a time as any to begin clipping tops for his future school. Even better, there is such thing as Bonus Box Tops™. These are located on specially marked boxes, giving 5 Box Tops™ per purchase! It is almost as if I can make up for all of those that I unknowingly threw away! It is time to get to clipping, even if your child isn’t in a k-8 school, find one who is. If we work in numbers we can truly make a difference for education!

Share a fun way you’ve collected Box Tops™ for Education!

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