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Our sons’ school reminds us to collect Box Tops for Education® because they will get money for our school for every Box Top® collected.

5 ways to encourage students to collect box tops

To explain it simply, you shop for foods that have the Box Tops for Education®. You cut them off of the boxes. You send them into your school. They send them in and get money in return. Many stores and brands will offer extra Box Tops® when you buy their brands An Example: Right now, you can collect 20 Bonus Box Tops®, equaling $2.00 value to your BTFT eligible school, when you buy ANY 5 participating General Mills® products in a single shopping visit using your personal Food Lion® MVP card between 1/7-1/13. You will also be entered for a chance to win 100,000 Bonus Box Tops®, which is a $10,000 value to BTFE eligible school.

So, now the key is getting your students to bring in these Box Tops®. When I was a teacher, we had a Box Tops® Coordinator and we worked with them to think of great ideas to help our school! I would give our kids a sticker or pencil for collecting 20 of them. It was their responsibility, not their parents, to remember to cut them off and bring them into the school.

Here are a few more great ideas to encourage kids to collect them:

1. chutes & box tops

The description for this idea… “Here’s a picture of Janine McQueen’s newest contest. “CHUTES AND BOX TOPS®”. For every 10 Box Tops® the class moves 1 space. They have to be careful not to land on a slide, otherwise they’ll lose some spaces. The first class to 100 will win a prize and bragging rights!”

2. Let the kids take their picture when they bring in 20 box-tops.


Description for this idea: “We at St. Charles are known for being Box Tops® Detectives so I figured out a way to make a photo-op for the students to celebrate their success!”

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3. Ice Cream Party Incentive!


This picture is so cute & such a great idea!

4. This idea is great- Watch Our Flowers Grow.


For every 25 Box Tops collected, that class gets an extra pedal.

Or you can do the same idea with this printable:


5. Box Tops® Hero of the Week (How fun is this idea?)


“We are now having a Box Tops® Hero of the week. A name will be drawn weekly from those who turn in Box Tops and the winner will have their head put on the Box Tops® Hero’s body for the week!”

Here is your chance to enter to win a $50 Food Lion® Gift Card! Just leave a comment below telling me which of the ideas you liked the best (or if you have your own, we’d love to hear that!)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Food Lion® via Burst Media. The opinions and text are mine.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. You always come up with the neatest posts! Forwarded this to both my kids teachers. 🙂 Thanks!

    1. I don’t have a printable copy. I wonder if you could screenshot it?

  2. I really love the Box Top hero of the week idea. Fantastic idea! I am the new box top coordinator at my childs school and I would love to know where I can get this hero of the week body. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

    1. I’m sorry- I don’t have a copy, but I think if you click on the picture, it will take you to the post where you can find it.

  3. As the students drop off boxtops they print their name on the back of the boxtop, weekly 5 boxtops are drawn from the box the student wins a free ice cream at lunch of their choice

  4. I’m a new coordinator for Box tops at my daughter’s school. I love a few of these. I’m debating on a tickets, gift cards, ice cream party etc for a summer collection challenge. My daughter’s school apparently hasn’t had a coordinator since 2016. I’m going to try the Box top hero picture and the picture first. Thank you for the ideas.

    1. Good luck! It can be SO rewarding for your child’s school and it’s such a great way to get involved as a parent!