News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS Eileen Smith of Sebring checks labels before purchasing can foods Tuesday morning at Publix in South Sebring.
published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011
From box tops to bottle caps, schools turn to fundraisers to help budgets
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
Elementary schools throughout Highlands County work non-stop throughout the summer and the school year on supplemental fundraisers.
Each of the nine elementary schools, as well as the Kindergarten Learning Center, participate in one or more of several nationally recognized fundraisers.
Two of the schools, Memorial and Cracker Trail, participated in at least five fundraisers this year. For most of the schools, the PTO is the entities that run the fundraisers making sure that students are staying involved in the fundraisers.
Teresa Ware, who works for Management Information Systems for the school board, has been somewhat of an advocate for the past few years for the schools' fundraisers.
"Each year the elementary schools participate in these fundraisers. Most people know about Box Tops (for Education), but there are several others that schools are doing," Ware said.
The five fundraisers include Box Tops for Education, Campbell Product Labels, Coke Reward Points, a cell phone recycling program and a printer cartridge recycling program. All 10 schools participate in Box Tops for Education.
A few schools are exclusively participating in other fundraisers.
Cracker Trail Elementary is a participating school with Target Reward Program. Anyone who shops at a Target store can let employees know at check-out that you would like the credit to go to CTE.
Cracker Trail also collects the tabs off of drink cans, which are donated to Ronald McDonald House where they are recycled.
The money goes toward the cost of supporting families that live at the Ronald McDonald House. Tabs can be dropped off at CTE.
The Kindergarten Learning Center is participating in SweetBay "School Bucks" program. Shoppers can either turn in their SweetBay receipts at SweetBay in a designated collection box marked KLC or drop them off to the bookkeeper at the KLC.
"These fundraisers supplement classroom budgets. It allows classrooms to get things that they might need and are not able to. Every little bit helps," Ware said.
Each of the fundraisers rewards schools in different ways. The Campbell's Label fundraisers designates which products are eligible to earn points or cash.
The program sends a catalog to each of the participating schools and teachers are able to choose items to add to the classroom.
Community involvement is key in getting these schools the funds they need to grow and educate their young minds. Ware hopes that the middle and high schools, along with parents, will join in on the fundraising efforts.
"The older students can help out, too. It's a joint effort," said Ware.
For more information on the national fundraisers visit www.labelsforeducation.com/ and click on the 'My School' tab to search for participating schools in the area and keep up with each schools progress.
You can also download a check sheet that lists eligible products.
To learn more about the Box Tops for Education program, to donate funds, check school's progress or see a product list, visit www.boxtops4education.com/.
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