Box Tops, Please.


In the last few posts, I’ve been talking about my friend, Joe, who has a teaching situation in which he has to supply his classroom in order to teach his students in the way he feels is most effective.  Schools can always do more and do better with more finances.  General Mills has a program called Box Tops for Education.  Hundreds of items such as Cheerios, Hamburger Helper, Kleenex, Betty Crocker, Viva, Chex, and Hefty have a symbol somewhere on the package that looks like this:

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This small square is worth 10 cents.  You put a bunch of those together and they make $1.00, then $2.00, then $10.00.   At the school Little J attends, they turn the box tops in once a month, which looks something like this:

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Products you probably use every day can do double duty: feed your family and support your kid’s education.  I think it’s easy to collect them; I keep a baggie in a drawer and throw the box tops in it as soon as I cut them from the packaging.  Our school sends home a sheet to tape the box tops on. I do that while I’m watching TV.  Guess what? I just made the school $3.00.

Contact your Parent-Teacher Association and see if this program is being used.  If you don’t have anyone currently involved in being educated, I would be so happy to take those Box Tops off your hands.  I’ll even pay your postage.  Copy of DSCF0027Would it help for you to know that the winning class gets a special treat each month and Little J would love for his class to get the treat???  Pretty Please???  How can you say no to this face?  

 

  Here are more products from which you can collect Box Tops for Education:

  • Green Giant® Bagged Vegetables with Sauce
  • Green Giant® Frozen Complete Skillet Meals
  • Green Giant® Just For One!® Vegetables
  • Pillsbury® Toaster Strudel® Pastries
  • Totino’s® Pizza Rolls® Pizza Snacks
Meals & Sides (13)
  • Betty Crocker® Casserole Potatoes
  • Betty Crocker® Potato Buds® Mashed Potatoes
  • Betty Crocker® Seasoned Mashed Potatoes
  • Chicken Helper®
  • Chicken Helper® Microwave Singles®
  • Hamburger Helper®
  • Hamburger Helper® Microwave Singles®
  • Hamburger Helper® Microwave Singles® Cup
  • Old El Paso® Dinner Kits
  • Old El Paso® Taco Shells
  • Old El Paso® Tortillas
  • Suddenly Salad® Mixes
  • Tuna Helper®
Paper Products (17)
  • COTTONELLE FRESH® Flushable Moist Wipes
  • COTTONELLE® Bath Tissue
  • COTTONELLE® Bath Tissue Ultra
  • COTTONELLE® Bath Tissue with Aloe & E
  • COTTONELLE® For Kids Bath Tissue
  • COTTONELLE® For Kids Flushable Moist Wipes
  • HUGGIES® Baby Wipes
  • KLEENEX® Anti-Viral Tissue (25 & 112 count)
  • KLEENEX® Dinner Napkins (50 count)
  • KLEENEX® Facial Tissue (200, 240 & 280 count)
  • SCOTT® 1000 Count Bath Tissue
  • SCOTT® Extra Soft Bath Tissue
  • SCOTT® Paper Towels
  • SCOTT® Pre-Moistened Wipes
  • SCOTT® Rags in a Box
  • SCOTT® Shop Towels
  • VIVA® Paper Towels
Products with Limited Availability (11)
  • Avery® Permanent Markers
  • Boo Berry® Cereal
  • Count Chocula® Cereal
  • Country® Corn Flakes
  • Franken Berry® Cereal
  • Hershey’s® Brownie Mix
  • Kaboom® Cereal
  • Macaroni Grill® Multi-packs
  • Pappalo’s® Pizza Snacks
  • Progresso® Soup Multi-packs
  • Rose Totino’s® Air Crisp Pizza
Refrigerated & Dairy (16)
  • Pillsbury® Brownie Batter
  • Pillsbury® Create ‘n Bake® Cookies
  • Pillsbury® Crescent Rolls
  • Pillsbury® Crescent Rounds
  • Pillsbury® Flaky Twists
  • Pillsbury® Grands! ® Biscuits
  • Pillsbury® Grands! ® Sweet Rolls
  • Pillsbury® Pizza Crust
  • Pillsbury® Ready To Bake! ™ Cookies
  • Pillsbury® Simply Bake® Bars
  • Pillsbury® Sweet Rolls
  • Yoplait® Go-GURT® Fizzix™ Yogurt
  • Yoplait® Go-GURT® Yogurt
  • Yoplait® Kids Yogurt
  • Yoplait® Kids Yogurt Drink
  • Yoplait® Trix® Multipack Yogurt
School & Office Supplies (25)
  • Avery® Address Labels
  • Avery® Dark T-Shirt Transfers
  • Avery® Durable Binders
  • Avery® File Folder Labels
  • Avery® Flexible Binders
  • Avery® Glue Stic
  • Avery® Heavy Duty Binders
  • Avery® ID Labels
  • Avery® Index Maker Dividers
  • Avery® Insertable Dividers
  • Avery® Light T-Shirt Transfers
  • Avery® Magnet Sheets
  • Avery® Name Badges
  • Avery® Ready Index Dividers
  • Avery® Recycled Chipboard Binders
  • Avery® Report Covers
  • Avery® Sheet Protectors
  • Avery® Shipping Labels
  • Avery® Silhouette™ Binders
  • Avery® Sticker Paper
  • Avery® Stretchable T-Shirt Transfers
  • Avery® Write-On Dividers
  • Hi-Liter® Brand Highlighters
  • Marks-A-Lot® Dry Erase Markers
  • Marks-A-Lot® Permanent Markers
Snacks (45)
  • 100 Calorie Chex Mix® Snack Mix
  • Batman™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Betty Crocker® Fruit by the Foot®
  • Betty Crocker® Fruit Flavored Snack Variety Pack
  • Betty Crocker® Fruit Gushers®
  • Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups®
  • Care Bears™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Caribou Coffee® Bars
  • Cascadian Farm® Fiber Right™ Almond Butter Crunchy Granola Bar
  • Cascadian Farm® Fiber Right™ Dark Chocolate Almond Chewy Granola Bar
  • Cascadian Farm® Flax Right™ Harvest Crunchy Granola Bar
  • Cascadian Farm® Sweet & Salty Bars
  • Cheerios® Snack Mix
  • Chex Mix® Bars
  • Chex Mix® Select Snack Mix
  • Create A Bug™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Create A Dino™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Curves™ Snack Bars
  • Dunkaroos® Snacks
  • Fairytale Princess® Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Fiber One™ Toaster Pastries
  • Fiber One® Bars
  • Fruit by the Foot® Crazy Feet
  • Fruit by the Foot® Mini Feet
  • Fruit Roll-Ups® Crazy Pix™
  • Fruit Roll-Ups® Fruit Stickerz™
  • Fruit Roll-Ups® Mini Rolls
  • Golden Graham® Snack Bars
  • Milk ’n Cereal Bars
  • My Little Pony™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Nature Valley® Chewy Granola Bars with Yogurt
  • Nature Valley® Chewy Trail Mix Bars
  • Nature Valley® Crunchy Granola Bars
  • Nature Valley® Granola Nut Clusters
  • Nature Valley® Healthy Heart Chewy Granola Bars
  • Nature Valley® Nut Clusters
  • Nature Valley® Roasted Nut Crunch Bars
  • Nature Valley® Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars
  • Polly Pocket™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Scooby-Doo™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Shark Bites Fruit Flavored Snacks
  • Spider-Man® Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Tonka™ Fruit Flavored Shapes
  • Transformers Fruit Shapes
Storage Bags & Containers (17)
  • Ziploc® Brand Big Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand DoubleGuard® Freezer Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Easy Zipper Freezer Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Easy Zipper Storage Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Evolve® Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Expandable Bottom Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Flexible Totes
  • Ziploc® Brand Freezer Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Fresh Produce Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Sandwich Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Snack Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Snap ‘n Seal Containers
  • Ziploc® Brand Storage Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Treat Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Twist ‘n Loc® Containers
  • Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Bags
  • Ziploc® Brand Zip ‘n Steam™ Bags
Waste Bags (5)
  • Hefty® Cinch Sak® Waste Bags
  • Hefty® EasyFlaps® Waste Bags
  • Hefty® Kitchen Fresh® Tall Kitchen Waste Bags
  • Hefty® The Gripper® Tall Kitchen Waste Bags
  • Hefty® Ultra Flex™ Waste Bags

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

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You Know What Happens When You Assume…..


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Who hasn’t fussed at their child, or their spouse, or themselves about not reading the directions or instructions?

 Well, today I am fussing at myself.

The OfficeMax giveaway of $1000 of schoolroom supplies does not end until this coming Sunday, October 11, midnight PDT.  That means you can still go to Mom It Forward and nominate Joe and his Superstars for the giveaway.

Be sure to READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS of how to nominate Joe. 

 

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$1000 OfficeMax Giveaway.


EDIT: Please read my post here https://lonestarlifer.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/you-know-what-happens-when-you-assume/.  Nominations for this giveaway go through midnight PDT, Sunday, October 11.

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I know I sound like a broken record, but there is a $1000 giveaway of essential classroom supplies from OfficeMax that can be awarded to Joe.  He has been nominated for the $100 card many times, but not for the $1000 card.  Please go to http://bit.ly/1337uy to nominate him for a $1000.00 OfficeMax giveaway. BE SURE TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT HOW A TEACHER IS NOMINATED.

Nominations end at midnight ET Sunday, October 4th. 

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This Giveaway Has Ended!

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Please read my Saturday, October 3rd entry here: https://lonestarlifer.wordpress.com/2009/10/03/1000-officemax-giveaway/.
OfficeMax is sponsoring a giveaway of $1000 of essential classroom supplies. I’ve nominated Joe but it sure couldn’t hurt to have more nominations for him. Go here http://momitforward.com/giveaway-1000-in-officemax-clasroom-supplies to read the instructions of how to nominate. Nominations end Sunday, October 4th at midnight ET.

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Check out my blog about teacher Joe: http://wp.me/pyCBa-uB. Then go to http://bit.ly/1337uy to nominate him for a $1000.00 OfficeMax gift card. BE SURE TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT HOW A TEACHER IS NOMINATED.

And if you have time….all these blogs are running the same OfficeMax gift card contest.  Joe can be nominated on all of them, though he can only win once.  I’ve nominated him on all of the blogs.

This Week’s Max Moms’ Giveaways

A Cowboy’s Wife from Lori of @acowboyswife

Crafty Mama of 4 from Kim of @craftymamaof4

Detroit Mommies from Courtney of @TheAppleofMyEye

Elementary Spirits from Barb of @chaotic_barb

Extraordinary Mommy from Danielle of @extraordmommy

High Impact Mom from Amanda of @highimpactmom

Mom E Centric from Jerri Ann of @The_Jerri_Ann

Mom Spark from Amy of @momspark

Multi Minding Mom from Leighann of @leighannMMM

June Cleaver Nirvana from Holly of @texasholly

No Time for Flashcards from Allie of @noflashcards

Oh! Amanda! from Amanda of @oohamanda

Savor the Thyme from Jen of @savorthethyme

Skip to My Lou from Cindy of @cindyhopper

Tip Junkie from Laurie of @tipjunkie

Twofer Mom from Janine of @twincident

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Real Superstars.


Updated October 5

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The following blog entry was written for a contest. The contest is now closed, but if you are still interested in helping Joe and his Superstars, please contact me. I am gathering materials and donations that will be sent to him and would love to include your help.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Iiiiiinnnnnntrooooooduuuuuuccccinnnnnnnnggggggg,

4th grade teacher, Joe Hays.

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 And these are his lucky students.  He calls them his Superstars.

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Joe teaches in a high poverty, inner-city St. Louis, MO elementary school.  This past summer he went through teacher training with Teach for America.  TFA “recruits hard-working, passionate people who want to make a difference in public education and then trains them how to be effective classroom teachers.”  TFA hit the jackpot when Joe signed on.  If I were asked to describe Joe in one word, that word would be passionate.   Passionate about his family, his God, his friends, his life.  He believes in people and  their possibilities.  Hey, in a past life he was a minister and that is the ultimate in believing in folks and their possibilities.

Joe learned in his training that:

  • By the time they’re in fourth grade, children growing up in low-income communities are already three grade levels behind their peers in high-income communities.
  • About 50 percent of students in low-income communities will not graduate from high school by the time they’re 18 years old.
  • Those who do graduate will perform on average at an eighth-grade level.
  • Of the 13 million children growing up in poverty, only 1 in 10 will graduate from college.

Joe has set goals for his Superstars. 

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80% mastery on math tests,
and raising reading levels by 2 levels. goaltrackers

He has specific rules and class organization.     consequence classrules

He’s put together a cool little reading area.

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 He’s gathering books for
his Superstars to enjoy.

He is in the process of plastering his classroom walls with college and university t-shirts, sweatshirts, and pennants.  Joe wants his Superstars to dream big and envision themselves going to college.  Here are his words: “This is just one way my students are going to start imagining their post high school options. Everyday they’ll look up on the walls of their classroom and be surrounded by university gear. At some point, they will be required to pick one of the colleges and write a report about it. They’ll then share that report with the class.” He doesn’t want shirts that advertise a college sports program, he wants to encourage them to think college + education.  What a novel idea!!!

Now get this: Joe has to supply his room.  He even buys his own copy paper.   Can you imagine walking into your office and your boss saying, “The office will no longer be supplying copy paper.  Please bring your own.”  Without going into Joe’s personal life too much, just let me tell you he has a precious wife and three children; two girls, one born this past summer, and a boy who has special medical needs.  He should be able to spend his very-hard-earned money on his family, not on his classroom.

When I found out that Joe has to supply his room and his copy paper, I wrote OfficeMax, Office Depot and Staples to see if I could get some paper donated to his classroom.  The SAME DAY I mailed the letters, I got an email from a blog I regularly read (and have plans to write about one of these days),  A Cowboy’s Wife.  Lori is a MaxMom and was announcing a giveaway in conjunction with OfficeMax and their “A Day Made Better.”  Lori is giving away a $100 OfficeMax gift card to a deserving teacher, and I am hereby nominating Joe for the gift card.    I know there are teachers all over the country who would qualify for this gift, but I, personally,  know of no one better than Joe to receive and use this card.  And think how his Superstars would feel, to know that there are folks in this world who DO care about their future and their lives.

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Are you interested in supporting Joe and his Superstars?  Me, too.  Here are some ways to help:

(1) Go to A Cowboy’s Wife blog and nominate Joe Hays in the comments. Nominations close midnight October 4.  There are other ways to nominate Joe; read Lori’s post to find out how.

(2) Wouldn’t it be fun for Joe to open an envelope full of gift cards?  A ream of paper runs around $5-$7 dollars.  A paperback book from Amazon, Borders or Barnes and Noble can be found for $5-$10.  Some school supplies from Target  costs $5-$10.  I have a Paypal account and would be happy to buy those gift cards in your name.  I would send you a receipt for the gift card I buy for the amount you want to donate. Or you could buy a gift card and mail it to me. 

(3) Joe submitted a proposal to Donorschoose.org and it was accepted.  He is asking for an LCD projector which projects the screen of his computer so that the entire class can see and learn.  You can donate to the Donorschoose.org website and when the money is collected, Joe receives his LCD projector.
EDIT: This is DONE! He has enough donations and will be getting his LCD projector!

(4) You can send a college/university shirt for Joe’s wall to encourage the Superstars to great things.

(5) Forward this request to your friends, and post an entry on your blog about Joe.  Would your company, or Sunday School class want to adopt Joe’s Superstars? Are you in touch with some sort of foundation that could donate to the cause?  If you sometimes think that you are only one person and can’t do much to change the lives of others, THIS is the opportunity to directly impact someone’s future.

Lori, thanks for the opportunity to talk about Joe.  I’m so proud of him and look forward to hearing how his SuperStars are doing.

Email me at lonestarlifer (at) gmail (dot) com if you can be a Superstar supporter.

 EDITED: Here are all the MaxMom sites that are carrying this giveaway.  Joe can be nominated on all the sites, but he can only win once (darn it!)

This Week’s Max Moms’ Giveaways

A Cowboy’s Wife from Lori of @acowboyswife

Crafty Mama of 4 from Kim of @craftymamaof4

Detroit Mommies from Courtney of @TheAppleofMyEye

Elementary Spirits from Barb of @chaotic_barb

Extraordinary Mommy from Danielle of @extraordmommy

High Impact Mom from Amanda of @highimpactmom

Mom E Centric from Jerri Ann of @The_Jerri_Ann

Mom Spark from Amy of @momspark

Multi Minding Mom from Leighann of @leighannMMM

June Cleaver Nirvana from Holly of @texasholly

No Time for Flashcards from Allie of @noflashcards

Oh! Amanda! from Amanda of @oohamanda

Savor the Thyme from Jen of @savorthethyme

Skip to My Lou from Cindy of @cindyhopper

Tip Junkie from Laurie of @tipjunkie

Twofer Mom from Janine of @twincident

All writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.