“Oh, this is great!” I exclaimed, as I thanked the parents of my 1st grade classroom for giving me a gift card for Christmas. “Now I can buy some new supplies for my classroom!” There was general laughter, but later parents asked me, “Is it really you who is purchasing the supplies?” The answer was “Yes.” The Education Market Association has found that the average teacher spends $500 of their own money each year to purchase supplies for their classroom. But there is an easy way to help teachers receive needed supplies; the Box Tops for Education Program.
What is the Box Tops for Education Program? It’s a program involving “Box Top” certificates found on top of participating products, like these Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies. They’re made with 100% real cheese and are perfect to have for after-school snacks or to pack in lunchboxes. Sometimes, when I am feeling creative, I use them as a breading for chicken nuggets.
Box Tops for Education are on many popular products and can add up fast. Check out this bonus deal; you can purchase 5 Box Top products at Walmart and receive $5 in Box Tops. Or, if you have the free Box Tops for Education bonus app, you can use it to help earn money, just use your receipts to verify the purchase. This was new to me and I was excited to realize I could save even more money for our school.
If you are wondering how the app works, it’s pretty simple! Only three steps and you are ready to go! Download the app onto your phone. It’s available for both iPhone and Android. Now you’re ready to earn bonus box tops!
Step 1: Browse through the app to find offers for products you would like to purchase.
Step 2: Scan Your Receipt onto the app. Your purchase will be confirmed by email.
Step 3: (And the most fun!) Watch your earning add up for your school. You can check the credits you’ve earned on the My Activity section of the app.
The Bonus Box Tops for Education App works even if you use coupons, discounts, store programs or store promotions so you don’t have to worry about not earning those extra Box Tops. You do have to become a member of Box Tops for Education so the program will know to which school to send the earnings, but registration is free and can be done on the Box Tops Bonus App.
The best thing about the Box Tops for Education program is the money raised from the Box Tops can be used for anything that is needed, even pencils or crayons for the classroom. Because the Box Tops are on so many breakfast and lunch products, they are easy for teachers and parents to collect. If your school is not participating in the Box Tops for Education program, I highly encourage it. Who knows what the program can help your school purchase? I’ve seen it provide much needed new playground equipment and new computers for a fully remodeled computer lab in schools where I have taught.
Do you participate in the Box Tops for Education program? What is your favorite Box Tops item?