Hasn’t it been a heavy summer, friends? Heck, hasn’t it been a heavy decade? I have heard many people online talk about how scary the world is, and how it only seems to be getting worse. I’m not convinced that’s true, honestly. I just think the power of social media has allowed us to uncover more of the ugly truth of what is broken in our country and in our world. Because most everyone has a phone and a video camera with them at all times, we can see what is really happening out there, and not just what the news might choose to report.
And in the midst of it all, are you just feeling lost about what to do? What is an action you can take that will make a difference? Today I want to share one, and it is a very small one, but one very much worth doing. Friends, are you collecting Box Tops for Education? If you are a parent of a school-aged child, I can pretty much guarantee you that your school participates in this program, as it offers 10 cents for every Box Top that is collected and submitted by the school. If you aren’t a parent, you still live close to a school, and that school could really use your Box Tops.
Education, in my opinion, is one of the very most broken systems in our country, and it’s also the area where the biggest positive change can happen. There are countless ways you can support the school your children attend or the school that is in your neighborhood, but for now, let’s focus on one of the very easiest things you could possibly do that really will matter: start collecting those Box Tops!!!
Strength in Numbers
Please do not get discouraged by the fact that they are only worth 10 cents each. This is a program that has its strength in the entire community participating. Just imagine if each and every household in a school’s district contributed just 10 box tops. Where I live, for example, the average number of households per school district is over 3,200. If each household turned in enough box tops to equal a $1 donation, that would be an extra $3,200 in funds per school, and that’s amazing, friends. I estimate that I collect around 60 box tops each year, so just imagine if every household could donate that amount. In the previous example, that would turn into an extra $19,200 donation per school!
Change in our world doesn’t only occur by making grand gestures. It also occurs by every person striving to do just a little bit better every day, and by taking a few seconds out of their day to contribute to a greater good.
Snipping these little box tops takes mere seconds, but if we all do it, we will reap the benefits of a country where our schools have more of the resources they need to help our children be wonderful global citizens.
Where to Find Box Tops
I would be willing to be that there’s at least one Box Top for Education on a product in your pantry at this very moment. I actually set my timer for 1 minute to see how many I could find in my house that quickly. I found 5! And remember, box tops for education are not only on food products. Be sure to look on your Reynolds and Hefty Products! In fact, you can find them on any of the following items:
- Reynolds® Parchment Paper
- Reynolds® Cooking Baking Sheets
- Reynolds® Bakeware Pans
- Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups
- Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liners
- Reynolds® Oven Bags
- Hefty® Strong Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags
- Hefty® Ultra Strong™ Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags
- Hefty® Ultra Strong™ BlackOut® Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags
- Hefty® Cinch Sak® Large Trash Bags and Lawn & Leaf Bags
- Hefty® Easy Flaps® Tall Kitchen Bags and Large Trash Bags
- Hefty® Renew® Tall Kitchen Bags and Trash Bags
- Hefty® SteelSak® Trash Bags
- Hefty® Twist Tie Tall Kitchen Bags and Trash and Lawn & Leaf Bags
- Hefty® Ultra Flex® Trash Bags
- Hefty® Easy Grip® Cups
- Hefty® Deluxe™ Plates and Platters
- Hefty® Everyday™ Soak Proof Bowls
- Hefty® Everyday™ Soak Proof Plates
- Hefty® Style™ Prints Cups
- Hefty® Style Plates
- Hefty® Ultimate™ Easy Grip® Cups
- EZ Foil® by Hefty® Bakeware Pans
What To Do Once You’ve Snipped
Use a plastic bag to store your box tops while you collect them throughout the year, and keep it somewhere intuitive in the kitchen. For us, that means storing it near our aluminum foil in an easy to access drawer. Then you can put a note on your calendar for once or twice a year to drop off the box tops at your neighborhood school. I send mine in about every 6 months. You can call your school office to ask about when a good time of day might be to drop off your box tops, and if you have a child in school, just send them along with him or her one school day, and the teacher will get them to the right place. It’s SO easy, friends!
School Supplied Sweepstakes
Not only do Hefty and Reynolds Box Tops for Education want to help your schools, but they also want to help you get your kids ready for the new school year, too. Check out the School Supplied Sweepstakes and Instant Win Game, because thousands of prizes plus 10,000 eBoxTops to 5 lucky schools are going to be given away. Good luck!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.