Boxtops for Education & Labels for Education – Collecting Boxtop$ and Labels

Boxtops for Education When my son started kindergarten, his class was challenged to collect as many boxtops (a.k.a., Boxtop$ for Education) as possible.  For every boxtop turned in, his school would earn 10 cents.  I went through everything in my fridge, freezer, and pantry and gave him all of the boxtops I could find from participating products.

A few months later, there was another request to send in boxtops to school.  But this time, my son said there was a competition and the class with the most boxtops would win a prize of 30 extra minutes in the library in order to play on iPads.

Knowing that I could only buy so many boxes of Cheerios, Ziploc bags, and Chex Mix, I turned to my tribe of marketing students for help.   I launched a box tops contest in my own marketing classes.  I gave my students bonus points on their final test for turning in boxtops.  Ultimately, my son’s class won the contest and they were so excited!

Although the Labels for Education is a different program, students can also clip these labels as well and they will count in my class contest.  Below is the label for the Labels for Education program.  I will also count Labels for Education in the student totals.

Below are the current guidelines for my classes:

  1. No later than the day of your last test in the course bring in Box Top$ for Education and Labels for Education in a small plastic bag or envelope.
  2. Write your first and last name and the class section’s starting time on the outside of the bag or envelope.
  3. Also on the outside of the bag or envelope write the total number of boxtops, the total number of labels, and the grand total of boxtops and labels combined.  The grand total is what I will use to award bonus points.
  4. A grand total of 25 boxtops/labels = 1 bonus point earned on final test,  26-49 boxtops/labels = 2 bonus points earned on final test, 50 or more boxtops/labels = 3+ bonus points earned on final test.  Please count the face value in computing your final points.  For instance, if you found a special boxtop that is worth 5, count it as five and not one.
  5. The student with the most boxtops/labels will earn a really big additional bonus (to be determined).  One semester I had a student collect nearly 1,300 boxtops ~ learn her boxtop collecting secrets!
  6. Boxtops and labels MUST be neatly cut out on the dotted lines in order to count.  Boxtops that are torn will not count.

More information about collecting boxtops is available at the BoxTopsForEducation Facebook page and Boxtops4education.com.

What are some creative ways you have used to collect a lot of boxtops and labels?

 

9 Comments on "Boxtops for Education & Labels for Education – Collecting Boxtop$ and Labels"


  1. Stats from my Fall 2012 Students:

    Overall:
    1611 total boxtops collected. This amounts to a donation of $161.11!
    30 total students out of 61 participated for a 49.2% participation rate.
    The winning section was the 2:00 section.

    12:30 section
    24 total class size
    9 students turned in boxtops
    37.5% participation rate
    553 total boxtops from this class section
    23.04 avg number of boxtops per enrolled student

    2:00 section
    21 total class size
    12 students turned in boxtops
    57.1% participation rate
    674 total boxtops for this class section
    32.1 avg number of boxtops per enrolled student

    3:30 section
    16 total class size
    9 students turned in boxtops
    56.25% participation rate
    384 total boxtops for this class section
    24 avg number of boxtops per enrolled student

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  2. Prior to the first day of class, I read the syllabus and noticed that it was extra credit to collect Box Tops. Therefore, I immediately told my parents to start collecting for me! My parents collected approximately 15 over the course of the semester.

    I asked my roommates to collect Box Tops for me too. I magneted a Ziplock bag to our refrigerator. Most of the time, they forgot to cut them off of their box. However, I would see them in our trash can and I would cut them off for my roommates! Our main source of Box Tops came from Progresso soup. Their soups are a great, cheap dinner for a college student and there’s an added bonus: they have a Box Top on the label!

    The last source of my Box Tops came from my boyfriend and his roommates. Every time I would visit him at Radford, there would be a small pile of Box Tops waiting for me. Since my boyfriend has 6 roommates, all being boys, they eat a lot and I was able to obtain a lot of Box Tops from them.

    At the end of the semester, I turned in 101 Box Tops and received a 10% bonus on my final exam. It was totally worth it! Even though the “competition” is over, I still find myself saving Box Tops. I plan to give them to Dr. Clarke at the end of the Spring semester so she can turn them in to her son’s school. It is a great feeling giving back to the community.

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  3. As a poor college student, I rarely go shopping and tend to buy the cheaper brands that don’t always have boxtops. So this seemed to be a very challenging task. However utilizing a few networks and “friend of a friend” type relationships, I landed about 75 boxtops.

    My suggestion for future classes, is to just make a few phone calls, send an email to mom, or even just send a quick text asking your best friend to clip a few boxtops. All you have to do is find that one person who is sitting on a stock pile and go raid their house. For me, it was my girlfriend’s mom (I think I got about 50 just from her).

    I will plan to keep on collecting boxtops and will definitely donate them!

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  4. When I realized that collecting box tops could get me extra credit I immediately called my mother. She collected box tops for my siblings and me when we were in elementary school and my class always won the contest! She collected about 50% of my boxtops.

    The other 50% of the box tops were collected from my roommates, my boyfriend’s house, and the University Program Board executive board. My roommates started cutting them from their boxes and leaving them magneted to our memo board for me. Secondly, every time I went to my boyfriend’s house I checked for box tops in his cabinets and asked his roommates to do the same. I also asked my co workers from UPB, who mostly forgot, but I got a few from them.

    In total I collected 88 and am still collecting them now!

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  5. Stats from my Spring 2013 MKTG 470 Students

    Overall:
    2,283 total boxtops collected. This amounts to a donation of $228.30!
    34 total students out of 55 participated for a 61.8% participation rate.
    The winning section was the 11:00 section.

    11:00 section
    34 total class size
    21 students turned in boxtops
    61.8% participation rate
    1,589 total boxtops from this class section
    46.7 average number of boxtops per enrolled student
    75.7 average number of boxtops per participating student

    12:30 section
    21 total class size
    13 students turned in boxtops
    61.9% participation rate
    691 total boxtops for this class section
    32.9 avg number of boxtops per enrolled student
    53.2 average number of boxtops per participating student
    Thank you to all Spring 2013 students for helping my son’s school!

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  6. Stats from my Fall 2013 MKTG 470 Students:
    There were 4,336 total boxtops collected which amounts to a donation of $433.60!

    44 total students out of 88 participated for a 50% participation rate. I did not have a contest by “section” but rather by student. The winning student was KC Hoffman who turned in 1,297 total boxtops. WOW!

    Thank you to KC and all of my Fall 2013 students for helping my son’s school.

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  7. My spring 2015 students collected nearly 3,000 Boxtop$! Thank you! I challenge my Fall 2015 students to beat that number.

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  8. My fall 2015 students did indeed beat the spring 2015 class by collecting 3,357 Boxtop$! Thank you to all students who participated in this challenge.

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