Every Parent with Kids in School Needs to Know About This Program
Imagine a world where the things we take for granted, just basics needed to grow and thrive, suddenly disappear. For many students and teachers across the country who continually endure classroom cuts – that world is a reality.
Fortunately, a program that has long helped supply schools with essentials – to the tune of $780 million in the past 20 years – is celebrating this major milestone by expanding its commitment to kids!
One of the stars contributing to that campaign is joining us from Los Angeles with details on how we can help… EverydayFamily.com’s Shiloh Johnson got to talk with Alyson Hannigan about her involvement with General Mills and Box Tops for Education.
Hannigan has been a constant presence on TV and movie screens since she was four years old, with another sitcom on the way. She is also a mother of two and has seen firsthand the impact of Box Tops for Education.
You can see the full interview with Alyson Hannigan here:
Hannigan told us that her daughters, ages 4 and 7, changed her life for the better, and once you see those positive changes you want to keep them going. Hannigan decided to get involved with General Mills and Box Tops for Education to help create positive changes in schools. “Education is so important, and schools need every ounce of help that they can get,” Hannigan explained.
This is the 20th birthday for Box Tops for Education, and this program has raised over $780 million for schools since it began. Because of this milestone birthday, they asked Alyson to participate in a hidden camera classroom scenario, the “Don’t Be Absent From School” campaign. This campaign features hidden camera video shorts of celebrities acting as substitute teachers in a world without Box Tops. Hannigan got to be a substitute teacher for a day, but in art class there was no paint, and in computer lab there were no keyboards. Some basic supplies that schools count on Box Tops to help supply were taken away for the hidden camera classrooms and the kids were not happy about it.
“It was interesting trying to teach a class without the things that they actually require,” Hannigan said. “The kids were frustrated as well. They tried, some of them really tried. But this one little boy was just so angry that he had no paint… So it was really nice when I actually got to bring out the paint.”
Hannigan also gave us some information about other ways this program is expanding. She told us about the new Box Tops Bonus App you can download. You can find offers and buy products on the app, then scan your receipt, and earn double Box Top points, offering schools even more ways to earn cash. Hannigan also noted that you can choose the school your money goes to through the new Box Tops “Clip Board,” a crowdfunding-type platform where people can search for – and pledge their Box Tops to – specific school needs. This way, grandparents who live away from their grandkids can contribute Box Tops to their grandkids’ schools, no matter the distance. Get the app here or visit BoxTops4Education.com for more information and a complete list of participating Box Tops products.
Good luck out there to all the parents, students, and teachers this school year!