If you’re like us, you are always reminding your children to clip the Box Tops for Education before tossing the empty box in recycling. As teachers and parents, we know how valuable each label can be. Unfortunately, not all parents understand the value of each Box Top. As teachers, we feel that educating parents about Box Tops can be a simple way to increase resources coming into schools. We have often sent home a page for families to tape Box Tops to. Children return the page and then receive a piece of candy or other small treat. This is motivating to some but not enough. We know those Box Tops are in so many homes, it’s important for us to find a way to get them to come to schools!
Our idea does take a little time to put together. However, we like that not only will it encourage children to bring in Box Tops, it also gives them the opportunity to earn a classroom snack. We created these Cereal Treat Toppers (click the link to download) which are perfect for General Mills® Cereals. Simply print in color, cut and get ready to assemble your treat bags. We put our cereal into treat bags but sandwich baggies will work well too. After filling your bags, fold over the top and attach a treat topper with a stapler. Place a basket of the treats on your desk and wait for the questions from your students!
Explain to students that thebasket contains snacks for class time that they are able to earn. Set a “price” for the snacks. Students will pay for their snacks with Box Tops. So, you may set the price as 5 Box Tops. When a student brings in 5 Box Tops, he or she may choose a bag of cereal from the basket to be eaten during independent reading or another time you choose. (We also think it is important to be aware of family situations. If you know that students may not be able to save their own Box Tops because of few foods in their home, maybe give some of your Box Tops from home to these students. You want this to be a motivator but also don’t want to leave students out who are not able to participate.)
Another idea for increasing your Box Top collection is a great writing lesson. Have students write a friendly letter to neighbors or local businesses. In their letters they can ask for Box Tops for Education donations. It’s a simple and free way local businesses can contribute to their community! It’s a win-win for all involved!
Box Tops for Education has contributed over $525 million to participating schools since the launch of the program in 1996, don’t you want your school to be a part of this? What does your school do to encourage students to bring in Box Tops from home? We would love to hear your ideas below!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.