There’s an easy way to earn money for local schools and it just means clipping the box top from products often already in our cupboards.
Box Tops for Education has helped America’s schools earn over $400 million since 1996, and most area schools are taking advantage of the opportunity.
Montana City School last year earned nearly $3,000.
Karen Davis — otherwise known as the “Box Top Queen” — gets the students and staff enthusiastic through competitions in Montana City.
Students have the opportunity to win gift cards to Target, Hallmark and Cinemark; teachers can win cash for their classroom.
“We have a lot of really good prizes,” she said. “We get a lot of Box Tops that way.”
Montana City earned the fourth most dollars in the state last year. Since Davis has organized the fundraiser, the PTA has purchased projectors for the school and landscaping. Other schools, such as Broadwater Elementary and Four Georgians, have purchased playground balls and equipment.
The potential is huge.
Elementary schools in North Carolina and New Jersey earned over $50,000 last year.
Rossiter Elementary in Helena’ north valley earned about $1,881 last year and the Parent Council used the money to fund teacher requests for classroom supplies or field trips.
Tracy Witter, Box Top organizer, says it’s an easy way to bring in money for schools.
“People who have kids in elementary school probably know about it, but not everyone has children in the school,” she said. “You don’t have to have kids in school to donate them.”
Witter encourages all residents to collect box tops and drop them off at any neighborhood elementary school.
Reporter Alana Listoe: 447-4081 or firstname.lastname@example.org