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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Aug 22, 2008

With classes starting up throughout the area, the opportunity to help your school can be as simple a task as shopping for groceries.

Two programs have long been a part of helping schools purchase learning materials that aren’t within school budgets-General Mills Box Tops 4 Education and Campbell’s Labels for Education.

The Box Tops 4 Education program is simply a matter of collection. For every seal taken off a product and given to a student or collection site, schools receive 10 cents.

While that may not seem like much, the last few years, ELC has collected 34,000 to 36,000 box tops-that’s $3,400 to $3,600.

The program originally started with General Mills putting the “Box Tops 4 Education” coupon on cereal boxes and has since expanded to other products.

While there are collection sites at the grocery stores in Estherville, the ELC student who collects the most box top coupons by May 1 gets to have breakfast with elementary principal Kris Schlievert.

For over 30 years, Campbell’s Labels for Education has been awarding free educational equipment to schools in exchange for proofs of purchase from the Campbell family of brands. It’s an easy program where students, families and members of the community work together for a common goal.

“You could even buy a van if you collect enough, but that would be an lot of labels,” said Schlievert.

The labels that are collected must have the UPC code on them to be valid.

One other way to help out ELC is through their printer cartridge recycling program.

According to ELC technology technician Judy Grethen, the school sends in inkjet and laserjet cartridges to a recycling site which gives the school money to purchase new cartridges.

Box Tops 4 Education and Labels for Education can be turned in at both Demoney Elementary and the middle school. Cartridges can be turned in at any of the ELC school buildings.

Support your local school through these programs.