HES students celebrate box-top goal

HES students wait their turn for free snow cones provide by The Igloo. Adults manning the booth are (from left) Malinda Just, Penni Schroeder and Steve Schroeder.
HES students wait their turn for free snow cones provide by The Igloo. Adults manning the booth are (from left) Malinda Just, Penni Schroeder and Steve Schroeder.
Students at Hillsboro Elementary School enjoyed free snow cones May 16 as a way to celebrate reaching their goal of collecting 7,500 box tops between Feb. 1 and May 1.

Box tops are on many of products, and can be turned into the company for a 10-cent return per box top back to local schools.

“Marion does a great job with it, and we felt like it was time for Hillsboro to kick it up a notch,” said Malinda Just, who chairs the box top committee, a sub-committee of the school site council.

“As far as locally, it’s not a new program, but recently the program has been way under-utilized,” she said.
“Our site council is working to revitalize the program. This spring was Phase 1, raising excitement for the kids.”

The committee used a treasure theme to generate interest: Box tops are hidden treasure on products. Each classroom was given a treasure box for students to store their collection.

Involvement wasn’t limited to HES student families.

“There’s also a women’s group at Hillsboro Menno­nite Brethren Church that routinely gathers to clip the box tops to get them ready to submit,” Just said.

“It makes me really excited to have school connections with people who don’t have actual kid-connections at the school. We need to have more of that.”

Just said the school won’t actually receive its box top money, around $750.00, until this fall. She said the school can use the money as it wishes, but the most recent project that box-top money helped fund was the new basketball goals on the playground.

“We try to do stuff that is visible to the kids,” she said.