As many of you know I had the fabulous opportunity over the summer to attend the Box Tops University courtesy of General Mills at their headquarters in Minnesota. That short weekend trip sparked a passion in me to find out who was heading up my husband’s Box Tops program at his school, and what exactly they were doing with it. After inquiring a bit I found the previous coordinator exhausted and ready for some help, so I stepped in!
Yesterday was my first day on campus as the Box Tops coordinator and I was SO excited. However my enthusiasm did not seem to spread to the students or parents very easily! It looks like the majority of my efforts will not actually go into coordinating the program, but will go into getting the students and parents involved. This seems to be a daunting task! Out of the 3+ hours I sat at my nicely displayed table full of Box Tops I had maybe 5, if I was lucky, stop by and expression their happiness that the school was finally participating in Box Tops. Um, the school has always participated in Box Tops….it seems that this is my first step in overcoming!
I’ve printed off newsletters for every kid in the school (with a list of Box Tops products included!) as well as newsletters for each of the teachers. Once a month I will collect the teachers box tops, and record EACH teachers earnings as that money will go directly back into that specific classroom! I have found so far that this is by far the quickest way to get teachers involved. An incentive. Teachers are so busy and stressed as it is, why in the world would they want to participate in something else that doesn’t benefit them? I can’t say that I blame them! I had some very excited teachers about the new change in our Box Tops program this year!!
SO now that I’ve survived my first “event” – what next? I’m not sure where to go from here. Any previous Box Tops coordinators have some ideas? I am planning on having some sort of contests/giveaways for the highest earning teachers and students. I’d love any input from anyone else who has ever participated in Box Tops- parents, teachers, OR coordinators!
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