Sunday, April 3, 2011

Box Top University Chicago plus Giveaway!!

My Blog Spark and General Mills invited me to attend Chicago's Box Top University this past Friday! The event was sponsored by Jewel and Ziploc. I was excited to attend and learn more about how the Box Top Program works and different ideas that schools in the area use to increase participation from families!

After an exciting welcome to all the bloggers in attendance, the day started with a session that shared lots of interesting facts about box tops as well as the correct way to submit your box tops.

Did you know that:
  • There are over 100,000 schools enrolled in the Box Top Program
  • 31 Million Households Clip and Collect Box Tops
  • The average amount raised per school each year is $732 (however there are MANY schools in the nation that raise THOUSANDS of dollars each year)!
  • The top raising school is Red Bird Mission School in Kentucky - they raised $18,000 last year!
  • Box Tops are recycled after collection. All Box Tops are incinerated, which turns into wind power and provides electricity for local homes in Minnesota (WOW)!
We learned about the NEW products that are going to be carrying Box Tops on them:
  • Hanes Tshirts (who were there to pass out fun Box Top Tshirts)
  • Brita Filtration Products
  • Green Giant FRESH produce (lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower)
  • Land O Lakes Cinnamon Butter
  • And EVERY Betty Crocker Product in the baking aisle now has box tops!!
And I got to meet Alli another Chicago Blogger from Couponing for 4!


Jewel was on hand to provide a delicious box lunch and to remind everyone about registering for Growing Local Learning.

Growing Local Learning is an online program from Box Tops 4 Education and you get 5 FREE Bonus Box Tops for your school just for registering. Fill out your info, then choose your local store and your school and your school will be credited 5 box tops points! Plus you can earn 5 Bonus Box Tops for everyone you refer. The best part is that its all done online and your school is automatically credited (no Box Tops to cut out!!)


They also shared information about the Box Top Marketplace! If you already shop online, consider shopping through the Box Top Marketplace Portal to earn eBox Tops for your school! There are hundreds of stores and all you have to do is click through the marketplace before you shop to get credit for eBox Tops. Our school currently has ZERO marketplace shoppers, so I'm going to have to remember to do that the next time I shop online!


Whew...that was a lot to digest! Now it's time for the giveaway! At the end of the Session everyone who attended received and AWESOME goodie bag to take home and one Bargain is the New Black reader will win one! Check out what's in the goodie bag!

Inside a Large Ziploc Big Bag you will find (most products have Box Tops on them!):
  • 2 Chex Mix Samples
  • 1 Golden Graham Treat Bar
  • 1 Box of Cascadian Farm Organic Cereal
  • 2 Ziploc Freezer Bags (Quart and Gallon)
  • 1 Ziploc Twist and Lock Container pack
  • Zoopals Funtensils
  • Hefty Extra Strong Disposable Plates
  • Hefty Plastic Cups
  • Avery Binder
  • Avery Pocket Tabs
  • Avery Note Tabs
  • Avery Name Badges
  • Avery Printable Magnet Sheets
  • 2 Yellow Highlighters
  • Plus a Box Top Reusable cup and straw, Box Top Magnet and Stickers, Land O Lakes Coupons and When Dinosaurs came with Everything Book
Here's how to enter - Fill out the form below and tell me if you collect box tops for your school (MANDATORY for your entries to count)!

Additional Entries (you must fill out the form and submit it again for additional entries, just refresh the page to get a new form):
  • Follow my blog on Google on the right hand bar (or tell me you already do)
  • Subscribe to my newsletter on the right hand bar (or tell me you already do)
  • Repost this giveaway to your blog or to your facebook status (and let me know)
  • Email me and let me know that you collect box tops but don't have a school to donate them to!! (bargainisthenewblack (at) gmail (dot) com)
This giveaway will end on Sunday April 17th at midnight. A winner will be selected by on Monday April 18th and the winner will be notified. If I do not hear from the winner within 48 hours I will select a new winner. Good Luck!

Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post but I attended Box Top University and was provided with a Box Top Goodie Bag for myself as well as information to share. All opinions are my own.

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