I am pulling this article from my archives. This was originally posted in October of 2008 but these programs are still used by many schools. I hope you enjoy this article. It’s an oldie but a goodie.

Now-a-days schools are asking for donations left and right. Currently my son’s elementary school is asking for donations for their outside classroom, the library and their fall festival. If your family is on a budget like mines, it doesn’t include making monetary donations every other week per child to their school.

Don’t get me wrong, I like helping out my children’s school as much as possible. So I decided to come up with several different ways that other families in my situation could help out and donate, within their means, to their children’s school.

First off, using things you already buy to help benefit your school.

    schools-btfeThis program is one of the most widely used programs by schools. It is really easy to help your school by clipping boxtops from participating products and sending them into your child’s school. Each box top is worth $.10. You can also make purchases online at their marketplace and earn money for your child’s school that way. Each school can earn up to $60,000 a year. Good thing: Accredited home school associations K-8 that are organized and operated primarily for educational purposes and have 15 or more students can participate.
    schools-nplThis program allows you to collect the labels off of Nestle Pure Life products and turn them into your school for points. Each label is worth two points and each school can earn up to 1,000,000 points. The points are used to purchase sports equipment and transportation funding.
    schools-lfeThis is another easy program that allows you to help your school. It’s as simple as 1-2-3. Clip only the UPC code and save beverage caps from participating Campbell’s products. Send the labels to your school. Then your school redeems the labels for merchandise. Good thing: Home schools can participate as long as they are accredited through their county or state.
    schools-tpaThis program is easy as pie as well. All you have to do is save labels from participating Tyson’s products and turn the labels into your school. Each label is worth $.24.

Another alternative to donating money is donating time volunteering at your child’s school during special events or volunteering in your child’s classroom. This can be just as important as donating money. Throughout the school year, teachers are inundated with tasks and projects that they have to complete. As a parent , you can complete some of the smaller chores.

If you’re good at organizing and planning, then maybe you could volunteer to plan your child’s classroom Halloween or Christmas party. If you only have an hour that you can spare, your time might be better spent changing out a seasonal bulletin board. If you are a stay-at-home mom like myself, and can’t come into the classroom, you might be able to do something at home. For instance, cutting out letters for a bulletin board, stapling papers together, calling moms to confirm their participation in an upcoming classroom event or project, or typing up the weekly/monthly classroom newsletter.

There are plenty of ways that you can help out your child’s school without spending money. You just have to think of creative ways to do it.

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  1. Hello1 I am a busy SAHM of 4 children ages 11,10,6,3. Although I am also finishing up my degree, i have always made time to be active in each of my kids classrooms/PTA. Last year I was the Box Tops coordinator and I really like the program. It’s simple and we always received our checks in a timely manner. If your child’s school is not participating I would strongly recommend you suggest it to them.

  2. Last year My daughter’s school began collecting box tops and we helped collect them for her class, so over the summer we saved as many as we could in a jar so when I received a letter yesterday from her music teacher to began collecting them again i was all ready ahead! With me going to school full time and I am in my last year in is hard to be in the classroom to help so i do what I can out side of school. I am a mother of three so we eat alot of hamburger helper when we are in a rush and they always have box tops on the boxes

    • Marquita,

      Collecting box tops is one of the ways that I love helping my son’s school out. They love clipping them and collecting. Once we have about $5 worth of box tops for each of them they will take them into their classroom. I think last year, from just us alone, we donated over $50 worth of box tops.

      Take care,

  3. One thing we are doing to help the school is using coupons to but things for the class like lysol wipes, snacks, handwashing soap, antibacterial products. We use our extra bucks,and also take advantage of triple coupons to hook our son’s classroom with goodies!

  4. You can also collect coke rewards and donate them to the school.

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