Box Tops offer an amazing fundraising program for schools to utilize because it incorporates items we use daily within our own homes. However, a fundraiser is only as good as the efforts put into it, therefore, Matt, and I created a Box Tops School fundraising idea & free printable kit, for teachers. Today’s helpful tool is sponsored by General Mills® Box Tops for Education™ in partnership with Tap Influence, and all opinions are my own.
When the boys were little, their school’s Box Top fundraiser would run the entire school year. At first all of the classes would turn in droves of Box Tops, but as the school year progressed the excitement would soon fade away. The Box Tops program is one of the largest and oldest school fundraising programs in the nation. Therefore, it’s vital for schools to not only incorporate Box Tops into the fundraising efforts but also provide a platform that will keep the kids motivated to participate throughout the entire school year.
Since getting both students and parents involved in a Box Tops for Education fundraising program is necessary for the school’s financial success. Therefore, Matt and I put together a fun fundraising idea, which is a printable, that teachers can easily use to get all their students involved.
Box Tops School Fundraising Idea & Free Printable Kit that your school can use year round
The printable kit above includes:
- 24 printable race cars with logos that represent the brands that offer eligible Box Tops for Education products.
- Decorative flags
- Main decorative banner
- Printable start line
- Printable finish line
- Printable place makers in increments of 5 Box Tops – 50 Box Tops
- Printable envelope for each child to use to turn in their weekly box tops.
- Printable prize cards that you can fill in and issue out each week
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How it works:
Each week students are encouraged to bring in all the box tops they collected the prior weeks and their progress is tracked on a fun race track set up on a board in the classroom using the printables provided below. As each student completes their lap on the board, they receive a reward. Each student needs to bring in a minimum of 5 Box Tops to move their race car on the track. Teachers decided on the final amount required to complete each lap using the printable place markers below.
Setting up the track: Our Printable Box Top kit included a diagram for you to use as you set up the board in your class.
Setting up the race cars – Each student is issued a race car and places their name on the blank space provided. Then using the boxes they check off each lap completed to receive the specified prizes for each week.
Moving on the Track – Placement on the track is determined on the amount of Box Tops collected each week. Students move their cars in increments of 5 using the printable place markers. Teachers determine the total amount of box tops required each week to complete one lap. Please note the printable markers we provide goes up to 50.
Completing Each Lap- Students will move based on their own individual efforts. So each week you will have different students earning the different levels of prizes.
Week 1 lap 1– By the end of week 1 you may have some students that have completed their first lap and others still working towards completing their lap. At the end of the week, those that finished lap 1 will be issued the prize for that week.
Week 2 lap 2 – In week two those who have completed the task from the prior week will move back to the start line to work on lap 2, while the others remain in their spots to continue to work on lap 1. At the end of week 2, those completing their laps will be issued a prize based on the lap they’ve completed.
This process continues with two more laps where students, each week, will earn a prize based off the lap they completed. The Students who complete all 4 laps for the month receive the suggested grand prize of a pizza party.
Continuing to the next month:
After 4 week prepares for the next month by resetting the race track to start again. Each month students would be issued new race cars where they all would have to place them on the start line, giving them a brand new month to earn a new set of prizes or the same prizes from the prior month.
Prizes are issued to every child on a weekly basis. Depending on how many laps the child has completed, the teacher determines the prize given to them. This allows each child to move ahead on the board at their own pace and become motivated by a different reward decided by the teacher each week. We know when it comes to providing treats or prizes to students, most often teachers have to rely on funds or donation from parents. Therefore, we created a list of prize suggestions they can use, or they can add to their own awards.
Week 1 – Free Homework Pass
Week 2 – Free Dress Pass (for private schools)
Week 3 – Free 5 extra credit points
Week 4 – Everyone that completes week 4 gets a pizza party
The above prize suggestions are based on a full month of students bringing in Box Tops throughout the weeks.
Assembly directions for box tops collection envelope:
Step 1 – Hand out a printed envelope for each child in your class.
Step 2 – Have each student fill out their names on the front of the envelope.
Step 3 – Cut out the envelope and place artwork side face down.
Step 4 – Fold the bottom inwards and glue the bottom flap by placing glue on the side facing you, then fold the side without writing inwards and gluing it to the bottom flap. Then fold the other flap inwards glue to both flaps.
Step 5 – Fold the top flap over to close the envelope.
There are so many ways Box Tops for education can benefit schools. So we hope our Box Top Racer fundraising idea will help your school reach their financial goals. For more info on how Box Tops for Education works click here.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.
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