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Clipping cash: Box tops program raises money for classroom needs

March 13, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Gail Vaughn, fundraising coordinator for the Box Tops for Education program at Lincolnshire Elementary School in Halfway is surrounded by students who benefit from the program
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

HALFWAY — Lincolnshire Elementary School in Halfway will receive nearly $900 in May for collecting nearly 9,000 box tops coupons from the end of December through March 1 to send to the Box Tops for Education program.

Gail Vaughn, the program’s fundraising coordinator for the school, said this makes the school’s total for the year $2,188 after collecting box tops through mid-October as well.

“Our school alone since we started collecting them in 2004 has raised $19,570,” she said.

Teachers collect the box tops, clipped from qualifying products, and twice a year send them to Vaughn, who submits them to the program. Each box top is worth 10 cents.

At Lincolnshire, teachers get the money from the box tops they collect for use in their classrooms, but Vaughn also holds monthly collections.

“Not all of our teachers have classrooms like our music, art, library, or PE,” she said. “Last month we had Books for Box Tops.”

Students collected $63 worth of box tops during the Books for Box Tops campaign, with the money going for new books in the library, Vaughn said. Next month, the school will collect box tops for the music department.

Lincolnshire first-grader Elizabeth Gillespie, 6, collected 11 box tops for her class and said she was excited to take part in the Books for Box Tops as well, “so we can read new books a lot.”

Erika Dorre, 6, who is in the first grade, said she likes to read a lot and collected 10 box tops for her class.

Box Tops for Education announced last week that it has provided $525 million for schools across the country through all box tops programs since 1996.

Lincolnshire kindergarten teacher April Tritsch said that her class collected $130 worth of box tops.

She said the program is important “just to help fund some of the activities that we do for our children.”

Some teachers who collected the money gave students incentives to bring in box tops.

Lincolnshire first-grade teacher Michelle Vascik let students pick a prize out of a prize box for box tops they brought in.

“There were different toys, a short book, pencils, bookmarks, lollipops, erasers, and all kinds of other things,” Lincolnshire first-grader Lia Vaughn, 7, said.

Vascik said that this way students know that they are “earning things for the classroom.”

“It really shows the kids that if they work hard at something we get something in return,” she said.

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