A few weeks ago I was a celebrity of sorts. Here’s the scoop on my minute or two of fame. I loved it…every minute of it!
The folks at Box Tops for Education or BTFE invited me to an event. I thought it was a blogger event, until the day of the event when I realized that I was going to Box Tops University. This event is a time to celebrate all the unsung heroes of education. The nonpaid, passionate, doing-it-for-the-kids volunteers…these women and few men are the Box Tops Coordinators for their children’s schools. You know who they are. The people who ask you to save your Box Tops, buy products with the Box Tops logo on them, and most importantly, implore you to send in your Box Tops.
Do you know how the Box Tops you collect are used? Well first of all, after you send in your Box Tops, the Box Tops are sorted, counted, bundled in to sets of 50, and bagged by your school’s Box Tops Coordinators. Once bagged, the Box Tops Coordinator sends all the “bundled in to sets of 50 Box Tops with a collection sheet” to the Box Tops Redemption Center. Box Tops workers review the Box Tops to make sure that there are no stray Campbell’s Soup points, or other miscellaneous labels or coupons. Oh, and I learned an important fact — all BONUS Box Tops should be separated from the regular Box Tops — this helps the Box Tops workers to accurately reward each school for its submissions.
But, back to my moment of fame… during the presentation by the BTFE folks, my blog logo popped up in the Powerpoint presentation. The presented introduced me to the audience of BTFE School Coordinators. Very cool moment to be recognized for what I do!
Once all Box Tops have been counted, bagged, bundled, mailed in, and checked by Box Tops officials, the school is awarded 10 cents for each Box Tops. More for the Bonus Box Tops. The money earned can be used to buy…art supplies, sports equipment, band uniforms, and even pay for a trip. Collected Box Tops help schools make up for budget shortfalls.
Key facts about the Box Tops for Education Program:
- 3 to 4 trucks of Box Tops arrive at the BTFE Redemption Center each day during peak submission times.
- 100,000 schools enrolled.
- The top-earning school made a whopping $20,000 from collecting Box Tops.
- On average schools earned about $732.
- Schools can earn by collecting Box Tops from products, including Lucky Charms, Hefty products, Ziploc products, Totino’s pizza items, Huggies diapers, Chex Mix, Welch’s products, Cottonelle, and more. For a complete listing, click here.
- New products…Sunkist Fruit Snacks, Bugles, Sweet Moments, Green Giant salad, Juicy Juice Cars 2 products, Land o Lakes cheese, and a few more.
- Some grocery stores offer Box Tops codes at checkouts. Parents add all promo codes to school’s account on BTFE.
- Shopping online at the BTFE eBoxTops Marketplace at stores will also earn eBoxTops for schools. Shop online through the eBoxTops Marketplace at stores, like Target, UGG Australia, Omaha Steaks, Office Depot, and more.
- Staples offers rewards for teachers on Teacher Appreciation Days, as well as offering your school’s PTA 6% off when at least $1,000 is spent at Staples.
- Box Tops appear on specially marked Avery binders, dividers, and labels at Staples.
- Box Tops have an expiration date — expire 4 years from now. If you look on each Box Top, there is a tiny expiration date printed on it.
Want to win a massive Bag o’ Stuff from Box Tops for Education? I was given a bag at the event, but I have another bag for one lucky reader of this blog. The prize pack contains: numerous Ziploc products, an Avery binder, Chex Mix, cereal, a cold drink cup, Hefty paper products, and so much more.
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I was invited to Box Tops University and given a Big Bag o’ Stuff to facilitate my review by Box Tops for Education. The giveaway is open to U.S residents only. Giveaway ends May 27 at 11:59 p.m. The views expressed in this post are my own. I follow the tenets of Blog With Integrity.