Ever cut a Box Tops for Education label off of a box? That’s just the beginning. After you cut them out, hang on to them, and turn them in at a collection location, someone has to count them and send them in for redemption. Counting dimes is enough of a pain, but those box tops – that are worth ten cents each to the school – are even more work.

The program is changing. Although a few brands will continue to have the same Box Tops for Education coupons, most are changing to a new system that will allow you to scan your receipt and have the money automatically go to the school of your choice. No more cutting, collecting, and counting.

The program has a new app that you can put on your phone to collect box tops for your school. The app is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and on the web at boxtops4education.com.

Once you have downloaded the app, enter the necessary information, search by zip code and select the school of your choice, and finish by filling out some additional information. You are then ready to scan receipts and have the money sent directly to the school.

You have 14 days to scan a receipt after the purchase date.

As the program shifts, the challenge is that your receipt has to be suitable for scanning by the app. Currently receipts from some smaller stores do not scan in the app, however larger stores, such as Safeway, do.

Seward Elementary School and Cooper Landing School are the only Eastern Peninsula schools listed on the app as participating in the program.

A big advantage for the school is they get a more up to date accounting of how much money they will receive.

The program is also offering some incentives to schools for the beginning of the school year. Now through Nov. 15, you can enter to win a $20,000 makeover for the school. Five schools will win as a part of the contest. You can also enter for your school to win 25,000 bonus box tops ($2,500). 

The program has given over $913 million to schools. Seward Elementary School has earned $9,179 under the program, and Cooper Landing School has earned $143.


Michael Paschall is publisher of the Seward Journal and president of TriDelta, Incorporated Publishing, owners of the Seward Journal.