School has changed a LOT since I was a kid. Chalkboards are something you see in museums and have been replaced with SmartBoards (one of the coolest things ever!) and textbooks are now downloadable on iPads and laptops. All of these things are improvements, at least in my opinion.
One thing that hasn’t changed for the better is the budget teachers are given to outfit their classrooms. When I was a kid, I bought a book bag, a notebook, crayons and some pencils with a case for the first day of school. Everything else was supplied by the school. Paper towels, tissues, cleaning materials – all of those things were just there. Fast forward to my first year of teaching and I was blown away by how much wasn’t there.
The community I taught it was usually struggling financially and I really couldn’t count on kids bringing in all the supplies they needed, nevermind supplies for the classroom. I spent a lot of my own money making sure the classroom had what we needed – luckily I was in a position where I could do that. But the reality is that most teachers have families and bills and really shouldn’t have to buy supplies for their classrooms.
Once I moved to Wisconsin, the school where I landed asked the students to bring in supplies like disinfecting wipes, paper towels, and tissues. The first day of school I was frantically reorganizing the class closet to make room for a year’s worth of paper products!
There were other items I needed for my classroom that the school magically made appear throughout the year. An overhead projector (this was before SmartBoards) made board work easier than writing everything on the whiteboard. I even got a TV on a cart to share with the other 4th grade teacher. It wasn’t until around the holidays that I asked where the money for these items came from. (I thought maybe they were early Christmas presents from Santa!)
Turns out Santa was actually the PTA and they had managed to procure these items thanks to the Box Tops for Education program.
I wasn’t familiar with the program and one of the moms showed me how certain items have a special Box Top that can be cut out and turned into the school. The school then can turn them in to the program in exchange for things the school needs – kind of like money. The school I was at purchased everything from playground equipment to classroom furniture with Box Tops. That’s why I’m so thrilled to be partnering with Box Tops for Education on this sponsored post to help get the word out!
Ever since then, I keep an eye out for Box Tops and snag them for Josh’s school.
If you are not familiar with your local school’s Box Tops program, just ask around – I’m sure someone there knows all about it and would love your support. You can even earn your school extra Box Tops by shopping at Sam’s Club this fall. Select items (like lots of our favorites – General Mills cereals and Yoplait yogurt) have extra bonus Box Tops on them – just look for the specially marked boxes.
As if that isn’t cool enough, you can also get even more eBoxTops when you purchase multiple items. Purchase 3 General Mills Box Tops products and enter your receipt on samsclub.com/boxtops to earn 100 eBoxTops, Purchase 6 General Mills Box Tops products and earn 200 eBoxTops. Purchase 9 General Mills Box Tops products and earn 300 eBoxTops. Purchase 12 General Mills Box Tops products and earn 400 eBoxTops. Wow, right??
And the whole process couldn’t be easier!
- Visit samsclub.com/boxtops
- Purchase products between 8/16 – 11/16
- Email receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Once validated come back to samsclub.com/boxtops to enter eBoxTops code and assign to your school