Schools across the country are feeling the pinch of budget cuts and are looking for alternative ways of raising revenue. General Mills' Box Tops for Education program is one way families are able to earn cash for their schools by simply clipping box tops off hundreds of household brands including Cheerios, Kleenex, Ziploc, Avery and Pillsbury.
Box Tops for Education, which started in 1996, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. In total, more than 90,000 schools have earned more than $400 million, including over $59 million last year. Schools in your community are funding field trips, playground equipment, art and science lab supplies and more.
During the 2010-2011 school year, Vermont schools earned $94,026.53 through Box Tops for Education. Within 25 miles of St. Johnsbury, the following schools have participated (school name followed by last year's earnings):
â?¢ Mildred C. Lakeway Elementary School in Littleton, N.H., $3,053
â?¢ Lyndon Town School in Lyndonville, $1,279
â?¢ The St. Johnsbury School PTO, $1,006
â?¢ Woodsville Elementary School, Woodsville, N.H., $875
â?¢ Bethlehem Elementary School, Bethlehem, N.H., $680
â?¢ Sutton School, $665
â?¢ Lancaster Elementary School, Lancaster, N.H., $648
â?¢ Lisbon Regional School, Lisbon, N.H., $602
â?¢ Miller's Run School, Sheffield, $546
â?¢ Monroe Consolidated School, Monroe, N.H., $517
The top 10 earning schools in Vermont for 2010-2011 were: Essex Elementary School, Essex Junction, Grade 2, $1,571.20; Shaftsbury Elementary School, Shaftsbury, Grade 6, $1,544.90; Founders School PTA/PTO, Essex Junction, Grade 5, $1,532; Willston Central School, Williston, Grade 8, $1,510; Hartland Elementary School, Hartland, Grade 8, $1,458.80; Lothrop Elementary School, Pittsford, Grade 6, $1,450.50; Mary Hogan School, Middlebury, Grade 6, $1,381.29; East Montpelier Elementary School, East Montpelier, Grade 6, $1,378.60; Rutland Intermediate School, Rutland, Grade 6, $1,327.30; Lyndon Town School, Lyndonville, Grade 8, $1,273.80.