How to Earn Even More Box Tops

Collecting Box Tops for Education Labels for your school? Check out these fantastic ideas to help you collect even more box tops than you thought was possible! Genius, but totally practical and do-able ideas!
If your school is already into the Box Tops for Education game, then you’ll for sure want to read on to learn how to boost your collection efforts so that you’re earning as much as possible through this program!
Because this program can be so lucrative if managed correctly, follow these tips to make sure you’re getting as much as possible to maximize the earnings:

How to Collect

Put collection boxes everywhere!  Make sure to put them in strategic high traffic areas where people like to be involved and contribute to school betterment.  This really should be evvvvvvrywhere, but that’s a post for another day, perhaps on another blog…  Remember, if you don’t ask, the answer is already no, so you have nothing to lose by asking!

Where to Put Collection Bins

Location, location, location!  Exactly where you put the collection containers totally does matter!  Here’s where I suggest trying to get a bin located:


In each classroom in the school

This is a no-brainer!  Teachers are busy, so make it easy for kids to bring in the labels and toss them in the bin.  Parents and community volunteers that help out in the classroom will also have a visual reminder to save the labels too.


School main office/lobby area

The main office of the school is another high traffic area that you should definitely have a collection box in to make it easy for parents to drop off labels.  Also, this saves the school secretary from having the labels clutter up their office.  The labels have a home, making it easy for the Box Top coordinator to collect and begin counting.

At different times, we’ve had a simple manila envelope tacked onto the bulletin board in the main entrance that was cryptically labeled “Box Tops” in big black lettering so there’s no doubt about what should go inside.  It was usually stuffed full, no matter how often it was emptied!


Board of Education main office

Ask if you can put a bin at the receptionists desk in the main office of the Board of Education.  This is an often overlooked area of opportunity!

But what if there are other schools in the district that also collect Box Tops?  Easy!  Split the Box Tops collected from the BOE with the other schools.

City Hall + Community Center

Another lost opportunity is often at City Hall and/or Community Center, so don’t be shy about asking to get a collection bin at both of these locations.  Again, if there is more than one school in the city that participates in the Box Top program, you can share the label wealth.


YMCA, other community organizations

Quite often community organizations such as the YMCA and houses of worship are more than happy to support their area schools.  YMCAs pull in people of a wide age range, so you’ll more than likely be able to get Box Tops from adults who are buying Box Top products already and are happy to contribute to the cause that so greatly benefits the schools in their neighborhood! 

Ask grandparents, and other relatives, neighbors and friends to collect them

Most people who don’t have school aged children don’t know about the program and think nothing of tossing a package with the label still attached!  I know what you’re thinking- don’t they know that’s essentially throwing money away! No, they sure don’t!  School them on the details and ask for them to save them for you.  Explain just how quickly they add up!


Other ways to collect:

There’s an app for that!

Encourage parents to download the BTFE app.  Who knew there was such a thing?  Only the most truly devoted parents will jump through this hurdle, but you will get nothing extra from this feature if you don’t ask, so don’t hesitate to put it out there as an option!

Ideas for collecting:


A Box Tops mail box!
This monster will adorably eat up the Box Tops!

Decorate some tubes (from PTO Today):




  • Snag small baskets from the dollar store or make them out of oatmeal canisters.
  • Send home ziplock bags with a a label asking for the bag to be returned with labeled by a certain date each month.  You can remove the labels, then send back the bag for the next months’ collection.

Monthly Collection Sheets

Did you know that there are a bunch of free collection sheets on the Box Tops for Education website?    Head on over and snag them!


A great incentive can go a long way when it comes to bringing in the prized pink rectangles!  Here are a few fun ideas for no or low cost prizes:

  • Be principal for a day
  • Class pizza /ice cream/ popsicles
  • Winning class gets to wear a hat
  • Small prizes from the dollar store
  • Tattoo party
  • Extra recess
  • Pajama day
  • Dance party (for every student who brings in a certain amount)


Contest ideas

Create monthly challenges, or if that’s too much, how about a challenge the month before the bi-annual submissions are due?

My group has found success with promoting year round collection, and we don’t stop asking for the labels after the March 1 submission deadline.  There are lots of labels to be earned throughout the Summer months and it’s an easy thing parents can do to contribute to the group’s earnings.

Ideas for contests


  • Challenge another school.  The principal of the school with the lower amount of labels collected has to wear spirit wear from the winning school.
  • Teacher challenge!  Teacher who brings in the most box tops get a gift certificate.
  • Class challenges
  • Grade level challenges

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you’re having fun with it!


Ways to publicize

Once you have the collections bins positioned, you gotta promote the heck of of the collection effort!
Here are some ideas for how to do just that:


  • Make a poster to track year-to-date donations and hang it in the front hallway of your school.
  • Send flyers/collection sheets home regularly.
  • Social Media posts: Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Posts with pictures and not just text tend to be more widely seen!
  • Newsletter reminders- the school’s, your parent group’s and maybe even your city’s electronic newsletter are all great avenues to explore!
  • Get the teachers to help out- in one of my kid’s school, the money earned from the Box Tops directly funds the mini grants we give out twice a year.  So teachers definitely have skin in the game and are more than happy to help publicize and remind parents about the collection effort!
  • Ask for Remind messages from teachers to be sent, especially the weeks before the submission deadlines.


Over to you

Wowza!  I know I’ve covered a lot, but if you do even half of these ideas, I bet your Box Top collection rate is sure to increase!  

What other ideas have you found success with?  Share below!

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pto fundraiser planner and guide

If you’re looking to expand your group’s fundraising efforts beyond Box Tops and really take things to the next level, then the Fabulous Fundraising Guide is just the ticket!  It goes through the entire fundraising process, from selection to what to do in the days leading up to, and after order pick up to ensure fantastic fundraising success! 

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