I’m the type of school-parent who loves to help out, but doesn’t want to be the mom in charge. Sure I’ll help the PTA and the PTC, but don’t make me president. Call me up to help throw a party or drive kids to a field trip, or come up with some fundraising opportunities. Now more than ever, our school is in desperate need of fundraising efforts, due to a tragic incident with the PTC treasurer. I’m all for rallying the parents to save Box Tops for Education, for the easiest way to earn money for your school.
I’ll admit I’ve been a lazy parent in the past, and have purchased plenty of groceries and household products with Box Tops on them, only to throw them away when the package is empty. My kids’ school can’t afford that kind of laziness right now. Just think – if every household clips each and every Box Tops for Education, the earnings really will add up.
Over the summer, I was made aware of a news article regarding our PTC treasurer. The treasurer was a fellow parent and professional bookkeeper, who decided to steal $100k from our PTC, the little league and soccer club. Not enough checks and balances were in place, and our school had to learn a hard lesson about the importance of implementing those things. All fundraising efforts from last year, which the PTC held, were completely wiped out. Who suffers? Our kids!
Beginning of the year activities have been suspended until further notice, because the funds are no longer there. I’m so sad for our kids, and am willing to do whatever I can to help make things right for the students. I for one have decided to be diligent in clipping all the Box Tops I can. They’re practically on every box of cereal we buy, so how hard can it be? I’ve also assigned my daughter to be the keeper of the Box Tops, and to be the one to remind us to clip all Box Tops. She’s great at remembering these types of things and I know she’ll do a great job.
My next step is to encourage other parents to do the same. There is power in numbers, and right now Walmart has a promotion to help us get more bang for our buck. All you have to do is purchase products you are likely already buying, such as General Mills cereals, Kleenex, Ziploc Sandwich Bags, and more! Buy 5 items, earn $5 in Box Tops! It’s a win-win for the family and the school!
On my latest Walmart shopping trip I picked up Honey Nut Cheerios Giant Size, because my kids can go through a box of cereal pretty fast. This is one big box that’ll last us a few days – maybe even a week! The Box Tops are easy to clip on cereal boxes too.
Every classroom’s donation list includes Kleenex, so it’s very fitting that Walmart has the Back-to-School 3-packs (with a bonus pack right now), which include 4 bonus Box Tops. That’s 8 Box Tops, in addition to the Buy 5, earn $5 promotion! You can earn even more money for your school with the Box Tops for Education® Bonus App. Simply turn your everyday receipts into cash for your school.
I would love to encourage you to help your school – it’s easy as pie, and it really can make a difference. I know my school will appreciate the effort now more than ever!