Petal Elementary takes part in Box Tops for Education

By HASKEL BURNS,

 

Next time you go shopping, don’t throw your packages away – those box tops could help Petal Upper Elementary School students and teachers with projects and supplies.

The school is taking part in the Box Tops for Education fundraiser, in which box tops from participating products can be turned in at the school. For every box top collected, the school will receive 10 cents over the course of the fundraiser, which began Monday and runs until Oct. 17.

“It’s one of the easiest fundraisers we have, because people don’t have to actually purchase anything (extra) – they just collect box tops off of items that they would buy at Walmart,” said Deena Mixon, who serves as president of the Parent Teacher Organization at the upper elementary school.

A wide variety of products are eligible for the program, including cereal, household cleaning items, paper products, frozen items, boxed food, and school and office supplies. Brands participating in the program include Paper Mate, Reynolds, General Mills, Betty Crocker, Old El Paso, Hefty and Lysol, among others. A full list can be found at www.boxtops4education.com.

The funds raised typically go toward purchasing materials for various projects throughout the school year or classroom resources.

“Specifically, one of the things we helped with last year was our STAR (Science, Technology and Research) class,” Mixon said. “They do a lot of projects throughout the year, so they need extra money for resources, so we gave our money that we got from box tops to that last year.

“It’s a really big help, because even the small fundraisers that we do help us in some way. Our school was the one that a few years ago was affected by the tornado, so we had a lot of stuff that we had to replace. So anything that we can do, we’re continually adding to the resources.”

Mixon has helped with the project for four years, during which time the fundraiser has brought in anywhere from $300-$500 each time.

 “Which is pretty good, considering you’re only making 10 cents off every box top that’s turned in,” she said. “It’s a good way for all students to be involved, even ones who maybe can’t participate in other types of fundraisers that we do.

“We kind of try to promote it between the two grades – which is fifth and sixth grades that I’m working with – as a competition to see which class can do the most. Then the winning class will get an incentive, such as an extra recess.”

Box Tops for Education, which was launched in 1996 in California by General Mills, has helped schools throughout America raise more than $868 million to date.

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