My cup runneth over. My Box Tops cup that is. A couple of years ago, I noticed the little pink rectangles on dozens of products I buy, and began clipping them out knowing that my children would one day benefit from any improvements to our schools.
A couple months ago, noticing that the cup was reaching maximum capacity and that some of the Box Tops were set to expire this summer, I realized I had no idea what to do with them.
Happily, a couple calls made and the mystery was solved. Melissa Lesniak, mom of a Korn School student, has been coordinating the Box Tops for Education program at both Brewster and Korn Schools for three years now, and has her system down.
Every month, each class tries to collect as many Box Tops coupons as they can in order to win their school's prize. Some popular prizes have been extra time at recess, pajama days, getting to bring your favorite stuffed animal to school, and the classic ice cream party.
Once Melissa has collected enough Box Tops to fill a USPS flat rate box, she sorts them into blocks of fifty and ships them off to the Box Tops for Education collection center where each little Box Top will earn ten cents for the school.
While ten cents might not seem like much, it adds up quickly. Since 2004, Brewster School has earned $15,599 and Korn School has earned $10,938. The principals receive checks on the 1st of December and April, and have the flexibility to spend the money in areas they deem most needy such as playground equipment or art and classroom supplies.
Starting the Feb. 1, The Mom Spot, Patch and Perk On Main, are beginning a Box Tops for Education collection program. Bring in twenty box tops to Perk On Main and you can get a free pastry with the purchase of a coffee.
The box tops collected will be distributed equally among all the public schools in Durham and Middlefield.
You'd be surprised how many products carry the little Box Top coupon. From Betty Crocker brownie mixes to Kleenex tissues, you can find Box Tops coupons in nearly every aisle of your grocery store.
Start clipping today and you'll soon be pleasing your taste buds and painlessly accomplishing your GDD (Good Deed of the Day).