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My kids spend a lot of time at school. In addition to their regular hours, they are involved in pretty much everything possible. They love their teachers. They love their friends. And most of the time, there are there more than they are home during the school year. Knowing that my boys’ school has a huge impact on them and that their teachers play an instrumental daily role in the young men they are becoming, I’ve been looking for ways to give back. To say thank you. And to help make my sons’ school the best it can possibly be.
With the new school year only being a few weeks away, I’ve been thinking of ways that I can make this school year the best ever, both for my sons and for their teachers and administrators. In the past I’ve been super involved in the Box Tops for Education program and have diligently collected our Box Tops to help earn money for our school. Knowing that I wanted to do the same thing year, I set down to create a gift that helped students (and parents) at my children’s school to give back while at the same time helping to make the beginning of the school year a little gentler for the amazing teachers they will soon have.
I knew without a doubt that I wanted to create a teacher survival gift basket for both of the kids’ teachers. It was just the perfect way to say thank for for all they do for my children. And while I know words and a small gift don’t seem like nearly enough, I knew it would make them feel appreciated. With a general idea of the essentials that I needed to include in my gift basket, I headed to Walmart to stock up. As I was talking down the aisles getting both trusted products and looking for some new items to try, I was very diligent about finding products that boasted the Box Tops for Education logo. I knew that those items were ones that would help me give back even more to the kids’ school and so they were at the top of my list. And as I ran down the aisle to pick up some Hefty Trash bags for the kids’ classrooms, I was thrilled to see that Hefty had specially marked packages of Hefty Trash Bags featuring 4 Box Tops.
Now while those of you who aren’t familiar with the Box Tops for Education program may not see that as a big deal, to me it was huge! It meant that just by making my Hefty purchase, I would be able to give back to the kids’ school four times over! As I pondered that in the trash bag aisle, the idea for my gift basket truly came together. After picking up a few more essentials I headed home to assemble my gift basket and put something super special in it that would make collecting Box Tops in the classroom easier than ever!
Once I got home and clipped my Box Tops off of all my purchases, I put my idea into action. After all, I knew how little those Box Tops are and how easy they can be to lose. So I decided that as part of my Teacher Survival Gift Basket I would create a special (and colorful) box for the classroom where students could easily turn in their Box Tops!
What You Will Need:
Metal Card Box (You can use paper too but I recommend metal so it’s more durable)
Bright Colored Masking Tape
Chalk Board Stickers
How to Make It:
Making my Box Tops holder was actually super simple! I started by covering a third of my box with my pink masking tape.
By over-lapping the tape slightly, I was able to completely cover a portion of the box, turning it pink.
Next, I repeated the process on the opposite third of my box, using blue masking tape.
I made sure to match up the lid and cover it with tape as well to give my Box Tops holder a uniform look. Once both colors of tape were in place, I added a final decorative layer of masking tape to the middle.
Instantly my box was transformed from something boring to a Box Top holder that any kid (or teacher) would love! But I didn’t stop there! Next I added a chalk board sticker to the front (see how I’m keeping with the classroom theme?) and wrote Box Tops in chalk on the sticker.
And that was it! My Box Tops holder was ready! It was bright and colorful and decorative enough for my sons’ teachers to sit on the corner of their desk or in a special spot in the room. And as an added bonus it was instantly recognizable as the place to put clipped Box Tops for Education so that when students brought in Box Tops, they could easily deposit them in the box so they were easy to keep together for when it was time to turn them in!
With my Box Tops holder made, it was time to assemble the rest of my Teacher Survival Gift Basket! I of course add my Box Tops holder (can you tell how proud I am of it?) but more than that, I also added my Hefty Trash Bags. I know that they were perfect for all the messes that are made in the classroom and since they are the only trash bag that supports Box Tops for Education, they were the perfect fit for the theme I was going for.
Next, I added in a few classroom essentials including a reusable coffee cup with a bag of instant coffee inside – after all, I know how badly coffee can be needed when dealing with a room full of energetic kids!
Then I added other classroom essentials like pencils, tissues, hand sanitizer and more!
With all my items together, I worked things around a little bit and made them look just right and my Teacher Survival Gift Basket was complete!
While I knew it wasn’t everything my children’s teacher needed for a successful school year, it sure was a great start! And in addition to giving them much needed essentials, it also gave them a way to encourage their students to bring in Box Tops for Education!
When my boys return to school in just a few weeks, this fabulous gift basket will be going with them. But more than that I’ll be using Hefty trash bags in my home and encouraging the teachers at my boys’ school to use them in the classroom as well! Because this Box Tops loving mom knows that the Hefty brand has raised more than $3 million in contributions to schools by partnering with Box Tops For Education and that’s a brand that I can feel great about using myself and giving as well!
As your children head back to school this year, do more to help their school become the place you know it can be. Start by showing appreciation for your teachers with a Teacher Survival Gift Basket and make sure you include Hefty trash bags inside! Then be sure that when you’re purchasing trash bags, you’re choosing the Hefty brand and looking for specially marked packages of Hefty Trash Bags featuring 4 Box Tops for this back to school limited time program! Because with Hefty it’s never been easier to give back to your school with trash bags that are strong enough for the messes your kids made and Box Tops to ensure that their school can help them to keep making them!
Now that I’ve told you how I’ll be giving back to my boys’ teachers and their school, tell me how you use Hefty bags with bonus Box Tops for Education to make a big difference one clip at a time!