Every little bit helps. And that’s why Susan Allen has for years collected box tops for education.
“You get 10 cents for every one you collect,” she said of the tops found on various grocery items. “We collect them all the time, but $200 is the most I’ve ever gotten to donate.”
This time, however, Allen was able to give a little bit more to son Keith’s school, Shiloh Point Elementary.
Allen has donated $10,900 to the school as one of four winners of a special box tops promotion offered by General Mills and Publix.
“He’s on cloud nine. He’s just having a fit,” said Allen of her son. “We just love that school. It’s one of the best schools, I think, in the county.”
Principal Sharon Ericson said school officials “were very surprised and were very thrilled that she chose Shiloh Point.”
The money, she said, will be used “for instruction in some way,” including books or school programs.
Publix spokeswoman Brenda Reid said the competition placed extra value on certain boxes of General Mills products.
“So when you brought in your box tops, they were worth extra points,” she said. “A new contest will run again at the beginning of next school year ... to encourage folks to support the box tops program.”
Allen, who said she will continue to collect, encouraged others to do the same.
“Even if you don’t have kids, you can donate them to the school and help them get things that they need,” Allen said. “It’s just wonderful, because to me, education is the greatest thing.”