HGTV Star and Mom Genevieve Gorder is Helping Schools Across America with Box Tops
Since 2000, Genevieve Gorder has graced our television screens with her soulful interior designs. From starring in TLC’s original show Trading Spaces to HGTV’s Design Star and Dear Genevieve, fans love seeing her inspired designs come to life. Genevieve’s most important role, however, is being a mom to her nine-year-old daughter. With her daughter in elementary school, Genevieve sees how challenging it can be for schools to purchase equipment and supplies when there are gaps in funding. To help, Genevieve and her daughter clip Box Tops.
Every Box Top is worth 10 cents for schools, and they add up fast. But many Box Tops go unclipped every year. To help change this and raise money for schools across America, Genevieve is partnering with Box Tops for Education to announce the first-ever National Box Tops for Education Week. Genevieve spoke to EverydayFamily's Shiloh Johnson to tell us more. See the full interview here.
Kicking off September 24, this weeklong celebration will come to life in a variety of ways, including neighborhood clipping drives and volunteers literally going door-to-door to collect Box Tops.
On almost everything you have in your house, you have a Box Top. Genevieve explained, “So many people think you can only find these on cereal boxes, but they are hidden everywhere!” These are money, and the money goes to schools. Before you throw a box out, cut out the Box Top and put it aside in a little bag. Genevieve added, “I don’t know one school that doesn’t NEED.”
Genevieve is proud to participate in this program. Her biggest tip was, “Ask your neighbors to clip Box Tops as well, even if they don’t have kids. Get the whole neighborhood involved.” You can also spread the word at work and your kids’ school. Convince your school to participate (if they aren’t already) because it’s free money for them! She went on to say, “Over the last 20 years, Box Tops have raised over $840 million for schools. I’d like to break a billion dollars this year!”
Genevieve recently worked with parent volunteers in the last week, and they collected over 7,000 Box Tops in just one day. That’s more than this neighborhood collected all last year!
Genevieve shared a story about her daughter’s class. “My daughter is in 4th grade. Her school is very competitively involved in this program. Each classroom competes to see who can bring in the most clippings. The class that raises the most gets the most coveted prize of all: A Pizza Party!” Genevieve taped a clear storage baggie to the inside of her pantry door to remind herself to keep clipping those box tops. She and her daughter turn in the bags monthly, and her daughter is one of the top clippers in her class! They’re sure to get that pizza party.
So remember, you’re just throwing away money if you throw out Box Tops! Even if you can't use them, clip them, save them, and give them to someone who can. Go here for more information. You can also check out this list of participating products.
Have fun and get clipping!