Box Tops and Bright Futures

Let’s be honest, I don’t blog too often about being a teacher but it is the thing that takes up the majority of my day and the majority of my mental space. This year, as a new part of my teaching routine, I’m the 8th grade homeroom teacher. With that added role I get to spur the 8th graders on during Spirit Week and Field Day (we came in first last week, just sayin’). I get to come up with a design for the coveted 8th grade sweatshirt. I am ‘lucky’ enough to staff the class’s overnight. And I get to collect the Box Tops for Education!


So many parts of this role are new to me, but the Box Tops are by far the newest and most foreign to me. You’ve probably seen or heard of them, at least generically. In a nutshell, select boxes of the things we buy weekly, or daily, come with a little square that says ‘Box Tops for Education.’ These little squares get clipped off the box and brought in to the school. The school then gets $0.10 per Box Top.

Pretty basic. And pretty awesome. It’s pretty awesome, especially since mos schools have no where near the funds they wish they had. And let’s be honest, every little bit helps. Oh, and if you are like me and do almost ALL your shopping from the comfort of your living room and a computer screen, you can boost your earnings when you shop online, which is why Box Tops for Education at WalMart is such an awesome thing!


What items have a Box Top? Well, to name a few of the things I purchase most frequently:

  • All Ziploc products
  • Betty Crocker Brownie Mix
  • Bisquick (Best pancakes ever from this box!)
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Wheaties
  • Cheerios
  • Land O’ Lakes Butter
  • Kleenex Tissues
  • Larabars
  • Hefty Cups
  • Green Giant vegetables (like iceberg lettuce, snap peas, asparagus)

Need more facts about the Box Tops for Education program? How about this… Box Tops is one of America’s largest school earnings loyalty programs with more than 80,000 K-8 schools participating. These schools can use the cash from Box Tops to buy whatever they need. Since it began in 1996, Box Tops for Education has contributed over $525 million to participating schools. Yeah, you read that right. $525 MILLION!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Katy Rose
Filed In: Life

2 thoughts on “Box Tops and Bright Futures

  1. Michele P

    I save these for my daughter as well, her school usually has a pizza party for the highest number of boxtops in each of the 6th, 7th and 8th grade classrooms. I love the fact that it helps out the school since education funds are always being cut for one thing or another.

Comments are closed.