Thursday, December 10, 2009

Idea 10: Collect Box Tops for Education

Did you know items at your local grocery store and local Staples have little coupons on them that look like this.

And each little coupon is worth money. Along the same lines as soup can labels and yogurt tops, these coupons add up to raise hundreds of dollars towards school supplies and learning materials for our teachers and students.

This fall when we first asked people to look in their cupboards and clip Box Tops for us, local mom blogger and social media/marketing expert Peggy Dolane jumped on board. She asked for a proposal to her PTA to donate one month of their Box Tops to First Place.

We get the feeling that the PTA couldn’t say no because Peggy brought us a gallon Ziploc bag stuffed with Box Tops coupons. (You can even clip a Box Tops coupon from the Ziploc box!) check out this picture of our new mound of Box Tops!

Box Tops for Education tabs can be found on hundreds of items you buy at the grocery store like Cherrios, Hefty, Kleenex, Huggies, Cottonelle, and more. (See a full list of items here.)

In addition to clipping Box Tops at home, here are some ideas on how you can help:

Ask your workplace, neighbors or book club to collect Box Tops.
  • Put a message out on Facebook and/or Twitter with a link to this blog posting.
  • If you already collect Box Tops for another school, consider splitting your collection and sending half to First Place.
  • You can even sign up for special deal and news alerts from the Box Tops For Education website.
Once you start collecting, all you need to do is mail the Box Tops to:
First Place
Attn: Development Office
PO Box 22536
Seattle, WA 98122

Or drop them off and take a tour.

Peggy, thank you for championing First Place to your networks. We are so grateful!

Thank you for all of your support of our programs thus far. And remember to check back for daily updates and ideas! If you have any questions about the Idea a Day postings, please email Melissa Collett, Marketing & Events Manager.

Previous Idea a Day Posts:
Be a Secret Santa for a Child
Donate Office Supplies
Offer Your Talent
Shop Using School Rewards
Volunteer in a Classroom

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