• If you're looking for a way to raise money for our school, it's all about Box Tops, baby. Yup, clipping Box Tops for Education is a super-easy way to benefit our kids' (as well as other local children's) education.

    And it seems like Box Tops are more important now than ever. Every day we're hearing about how schools don't have enough money for books, computers, or music classes. It's easy to get discouraged, but putting your money back into the schools can actually be as easy as clipping and saving Box Tops.

    Box Tops for Education was started by General Mills in California back in 1996 after the company decided they wanted to create a program to help support education and benefit America’s schools.

    The program was such a huge success that it soon expanded across the nation, and by 1998, more than 30,000 schools were clipping Box Tops and earning cash to buy the things they needed, like books, computers, playground equipment, and more, according to the Box Tops for Education website. Today, America’s schools have earned over $719 million, and you can find Box Tops on a ton of products you buy every day at the grocery store.

    You can start by clipping the Box Tops off approved products you already have in your pantry. You don't need to clip the actual product UPC — just the Box Tops logo will do. From frozen foods to produce and household cleaning products, there are literally hundreds of opportunities to help, and each Box Top is worth 10 cents. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it adds up fast.

    There are so many participating companies! Participating companies and product lines include General Mills, Green Giant, Totino's, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Betty Crocker and many more.

    You don't have to limit the giving to your household. You can make a Box Tops for Education collection box and leave it at your work, church or community center. Make a small sign letting people know where to find Box Tops for Education and what they provide. Schools also have Box Top collection contests, so you can ask local businesses if they'd be willing to donate gift cards as prizes. If you get your whole community involved, you'll be making money for your school in no time.

    Follow Box Tops for Education on Facebook for more useful tips about the program!