Collecting Box Tops Helps Teams and the Whole School

Illeas, Staff Writer

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Recently, Middlebrook had three boxes in the hallway with signs that say Red, Green, and Yellow. “What are these strange boxes for?” you may ask. These boxes are for box-tops. Each color turned in box-tops for a chance to win a homework free night.

Box tops are little pieces of cardboard stuck to office supplies, school supplies, cereal boxes and more. Be sure to collect them because schools will usually ask you for them. Schools exchange these for money that they can use for the better of this school. Some example include: school events, classroom field trip, and field trips. When you donate a box top for Middlebrook, you aren’t just helping your team get a no homework night, but you’re also helping to improve the school.

Box tops can be found on many different supplies including; cereal, Ziploc boxes, office supplies, household  cleaning supplies… Not all products have box tops though. Here is a list of products with box tops.


  • Cereal: Annie’s®, Apple Cinnamon Toast Crunch™Cereal, Basic 4™ Cereal, Batman™ Chocolate Strawberry, Blueberry Chex™Cereal, Blueberry Toast Crunch™Cereal, Cascadian Farm™ Cereal, Cascadian Farm™ Farm Stand Harvest Cherry, Almond and Quinoa Granola, Cascadian Farm™ Farm Stand Harvest Honey, Almond and Chia Granola, Cascadian Farm™ Farm Stand Harvest Vanilla, Coconut and Pumpkin Seed Granola, Cheerios™ Cereal, Chex™ Cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ Cereal, Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ Blasted Shreds™, Cocoa Puffs™ Cereal, Cookie Crisp™ Cereal, French Toast Crunch™, Girl Scouts Thin Mints® Cereal, Girl Scouts Caramel Crunch® Cereal, Golden Grahams™ Cereal, Kix™ Cereal, Lucky Charms™ Cereal, Lucky Charms™ Frosted Flakes, Nature Valley™ Baked Oat Bites, Nature Valley™ Chocolate Oat Clusters, Nature Valley™ Biscuit Sandwiches, Nature Valley™ Honey Oat Clusters, Nature Valley™ Protein Crunchy Granola, Oatmeal Crisp™ Cereal, Peanut Butter Chocolate Blasted Shreds™, Raisin Nut Bran Cereal, Reese’s Puffs® Cereal, Strawberry Toast Crunch™ Cereal, Total™ Cereal, Trix™ Cereal Wheaties™ Cereal


  • Frozen foods: Annie’s® Frozen Snacks, Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ Bites, Grands!™ Biscuit Sandwiches, Green Giant™ Vegetables, Green Giant™ Seasoned Steamers™, Green Giant™ Just for One™, Green Giant™ Family Size Frozen Vegetables, Green Giant™ Valley Fresh Steamers, Pillsbury™ Toaster Strudel™, Pillsbury™ Toaster Scrambles, Totino’s™ Party Pizza®, Totino’s™ Pizza Rolls® Snacks


  • Baking and bakeware: Annie’s® Baking Mixes, Fiber One™ Mixes, Reynolds® Bakeware Pans, Reynolds® Oven Bags, Reynolds® Parchment Paper, Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liners, Reynolds® StayBrite® Baking Cups

These were just some of the items you can find that have box tops. Remember at the store when grabbing some cereal or food to look for box tops on them.

Be careful when cutting or ripping of a box top. Box tops without the three letter code at the top or the expiration date at the bottom can’t be traded in for money for the school. These box tops will be counted as incomplete and Middlebrook probably won’t count it as a box top for your team. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to rip or cut around the exact box top, if there is still some extra cardboard with the box top from its box, it still counts. Also make sure that the box top has not expired. If it is, then it you can’t use it. As long as your box-tops aren’t ripped or expired then they are valid.

The box-top competition was a close one. The school’s goal was $1,000 and we did not quite reach it but came close. 

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