Box Tops for Education is a great program. I love that such a large corporation as General Mills gives back to schools and organizations in such a simple way. At my small, rural school, we rely on these little cardboard (and sometimes plastic) rectangles to help us with fundraising efforts. After volunteering for several years as the Box Tops coordinator for our school, I have found some ways to increase the amount of Box Tops we collect and also how to run a campaign with minimal work!
CONTESTS work, folks. They definitely draw students in (especially at an elementary level) and increase your results. Almost every collection campaign we run utilizes some sort of a contest approach. Try out one of these ideas for getting better results with your next Box Tops collection:
1. Choose a theme for your contest. If it is fall, incorporate turkeys or pumpkins. If it is spring or summer, choose bubbles or popsicles.
2. Run an contest where individual students who collect the most Box Tops will win a prize. I do this in 2 ways to keep it fair and to keep students motivated even when they see a friend bring in a unbeatable number of collection sheets. First, award a prize to the student bringing in the most Box Tops. That’s easy. Then, for every collection sheet a student brings in, put their name in a drawing for a second prize. The more sheets they bring in, the better the chances are that their name will be drawn.
3. Run a classroom or grade level contest. Keep track of how many Box Tops (I almost always use collection sheets; there is no sorting and counting of little Box Tops) each class collects. Award a prize to the entire class. I usually buy the prizes myself, so I try to keep them simple, such as small bottles of bubbles from the Dollar Store.
4. Have students vote with their BoxTops. For instance, during Super Bowl month, place one huge container for each team (labeled with the team’s logo; I would prefer seeing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ logo on one of the containers) and have students vote for their favorite team with their Box Tops. Nobody wins an actual prize here, but students enjoy the friendly voting competition.
I recently ran a “Be a Superhero. Collect Box Tops” contest, and it was a huge success.
A Box Tops Superhero collection sheet (grab the free download HERE) was sent home with each student.
I created a bulletin board in the hallway to showcase the collection progress.
When the contest ended, I gave the winning class a prize of mini tablets, shiny pencils, and Box Tops Superhero bookmarks (which you can download for free HERE).
Overall, this contest was a super success! If you have a friend who is in charge of Box Tops at your school, please share this post with them or pin it. I’d also love to hear how you run the Box Tops for Education collections at your school! Please share in the comments below.