During last year’s summer break, Harrowgate Elementary first-grade student Mattingly Green, and kindergarten student, Alexa Malick, set out to collect as many Box Tops and Campbell’s soup labels as possible. Collecting throughout this school year, their final year-end count was a total of 2,054; Green collecting 1,033 and Malick, collecting 1,021.
“We did really well this year for a small school,” said Gena Nixon who volunteers for the school and is in charge of the Box Top and label project alongside Wendy Cerritos.
A total of 2,300 Box Tops were collected for the school. “Every Box Top is worth 10 cents for us,” Nixon said. “These girls raised $100 for their school.” The money received from the program is used for school equipment.
Nixon’s ambitious goal for next year is 500,000. “You can find the Tops on everything - vegetables, clothing, and all kinds of soups. All you have to do is to collect them. Ten cents adds up.” Nixon continued. Parents need to send their Box Tops in before they expire, The Box Tops expire and the school can’t use them.
Their principal, Fred Scott, congratulating the girls, said. “The Box tops have a direct correlation with getting the resources and materials to help the kids. Besides being cheerleaders for the school, these girls are cheerleaders in the classroom. They did exactly what we talk about in our school district on service learning.”