GREENVILLE — Baldwin Heights Elementary School received one of its largest checks just by collecting Box Tops.
According to boxtops4education.com, Box Tops for Education has helped schools earn more than $475 million since 1996.
“You can earn cash for your child’s school by clipping Box Tops coupons from hundreds of participating products,” The sites states.
That is exactly what Baldwin Heights Elementary School did to received a check for $4,385.10.
Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) President at Baldwin Heights Ann Harvey said all four of Greenville’s elementary schools, the middle school, the Seiter Center and St. Charles have been enrolled in the Box Tops program and have actively been participating.
Box Tops can be found on General Mills cereals, Betty Crocker items, Bisquick, Fiber One, Green Giant, Pillsbury and many more products, she said.
“Each Box Tops is worth 10 cents,” Harvey said. “That can add up quickly if you are aware of what products you are buying.”
Since she has taken over the program early this year, Harvey has been holding competitions and incentives to have the students and parents collect the Box Tops to raise money for Baldwin Heights.
Each class, she said, competes and the winning class gets a banner to hang outside their classroom each month for three months.
At the end of the three-month term, Harvey explained the classroom that collected the most decides Baldwin Heights Elementary School Principal Michael Walsh’s fate for the day.
For the term of April 2012 to November 2012, Julie Oddy’s third grade class won.
“… They have decided to make Mr. Walsh dress up as a pop star and sing ‘Call Me Maybe’ in front of the whole school,” Harvey said. “We can’t wait. The kids are going to love it, and it helps them remember to collect those Box Tops.”
Just by collecting the tops — 43,851 in all for the first term — the school received the check for $4,385.10 to be used to purchase library books, school supplies, playground equipment and more.
“This is the biggest check Baldwin Heights has ever received,” Harvey said.
Currently, she said Baldwin Heights Elementary School is ranked 18th in the state out of 3,200 schools that participate in the program. Out of 88,822 schools in the nation that collects Box Tops, Baldwin Heights is ranked 276.