years the Wilson Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has
encouraged parents and caretakers to donate items such as Campbell's
soup labels, milk bottle caps, soda pop tops and Box Tops for Education
strips to the school.
Those tiny items, which may
seem like garbage to some, have garnered thousands of dollars and a
large number of classroom and school supplies.
this year Wilson received a check for $2687.70 for the Box Tops for
Education that was sent in last spring. Box Tops for Education funds
are placed in a separate bank account and is used for a variety of
needs including third grade field trips to local caverns, field trip
money for families in need and incentives such as field trips to the
John Michael Kohler Arts Center for good attendance.
order to keep the Box Tops program moving in high gear and build upon
its success, the PTA has engaged in a full-blown campaign encouraging
Wilson students to bring in those items as quickly as possible. There
is even a contest among students and teachers to see who can bring in
the most Box Tops for Education with the winning student every month,
designated as the Box Top Bandit, garnering a McDonald's gift
certificate; and the class that brings in the most Box Tops each
quarter wins a pizza party.
"Box Tops are an easy
way for families to get involved in raising money for their school and
the kids love to have the competitions between classrooms," said Tony
Rammer, Wilson PTA president. "They have really embraced it and we have
already raised over $2,000 for this school year."
Campbell's soup labels are typically used to purchase assorted physical education and playground equipment.
PTA also collects McDonald receipts. These are worth school supplies no
matter what the purchase, even for a coffee. The receipts have been
used to purchase such large ticket items as televisions, overhead
projectors, carts, books, playground toys, etc.
all of these items are collected and then used to enhance learning
opportunities and school activities," said principal Tom Binder. "It's
thanks to the parents that we can get these extra items. They take the
time to send in, prepare, count and mail everything that is collected."
milk bottle caps are converted to a cash donation which is used for
classroom programs and McDonald's receipts are used for special items
requested by the teachers. Wilson also gets a check from Target from
sales made by customers who specify Wilson on their Target charge card.
during these tough economic times, these programs really can make a
difference in our school and we are so thankful for everyone who helps,
in whichever way they chose to donate," said Binder.