By Sarah Lane
The makers of Cheerios and Wheaties cereals are doing more than giving consumers their daily allowance of grain — they”re making good on a promise to help children with educational needs through a program called “Box Tops for Education.”
BYU students have started a campus-wide campaign collecting these box tops as part of a student development class that focuses on service.
“I really believe that being here at BYU, we have an obligation to serve because we are so blessed,” said Andrea Brock, 21, a junior from Salt Lake City, majoring in international studies.
Brock is heading up the effort as a part of Jonathan Cau”s learning through service class.
While students in the class can choose a variety of projects to participate in, Brock and other students have chosen to collect box tops from BYU students to benefit Park Elementary School in Provo, Utah.
This particular project can directly benefit children and local schools here in Provo,” Cau said.
And according to www.boxtops4education.com, a site sponsored by General Mills, anyone can participate by clipping box tops from over 330 General Mills products including cereals, Betty Crocker products, the cardboard tops of Yoplait multipacks, Lloyd”s barbeque buckets and General Mills Food Service products.
Brock said she and other students have plans to put about 50 collection boxes around campus and at major apartment buildings.
“If every BYU student brought in three box tops, that would be $10,000,” Brock said.
According to the Web site, the company will donate ten cents per box top, and up to $10,000 per year to participating schools, K-8 grades.
Ed Shollenberger, principal at Park Elementary, said he is excited about the forthcoming efforts of BYU students.
“We gain from it for our children,” he said.
Shollenberger said the money from the box tops goes directly to the school”s PTA.
He said the PTA uses the money to benefit the children in the form of drug-free week activities such as “quiet as a mouse day” — a program that teaches children the importance of writing skills, and reading programs that provide each of the school”s 450 children with a book of their own.
“It”s nice that BYU students would help us help kids,” he said.