PTA launches Box Tops fundraiser

With all the talk of violence in our schools, and how to combat that issue, it now seems more important than ever to implement programs both at home and at school to teach kids proper values. That is exactly what the Kids of Character program at the Broken Bow elementary schools is all about. The Broken Bow PTA has announced the launch of their 2012-2013 Box Tops for Education fundraising campaign. This year the school has set a goal of earning $5,000 through Box Tops to support the Kids of Character Program. Last year the Box Tops program earned more than $4,900 for the program. All money earned through the Box Tops program is issued directly to the Broken Bow School. Each Box Top saved from the various products earns Broken Bow Schools $.10 - this is new money into the community and the school for supporting the Kids of Character program. Over the past three years the PTA has raised more than $7,500 for the school by collecting these box tops! The PTA members and teachers came up with a fun “competition” a few years ago, centered around collecting Box Tops. The annual “Snowball” Competition is set to begin Jan. 21 and runs through Jan 31. During this time, for every 10 box tops turned in the students receive one “snowball”. North Park classrooms compete to earn the most “Snowballs” on their door! At Custer School the classrooms work together to determine what to do with the “snowballs” they have earned - either give a snowball to another class or remove a snowball from their door. The winner is the class with the fewest snowballs on their door. Again this year Runza will provide ice cream sundaes to the winning classrooms at both Custer and North Park Schools. Once a month the elementary schools host a special Kids of Character program. At this time, kids are recognized for showing good character - often by performing a kind deed - that others have noticed. The day the Chief visited the program, a student was recognized for holding the door open for a teacher whose hands were full, another for assisting a fellow student get off the bus and find their parent each day, and yet another for offering words of encouragement to a fellow student during a rough time. As parents themselves. the members of the Broken Bow PTA have a strong commitment to helping support these types of programs in our school. Whether you have children in school or not, Box Tops for Education gives all of us an opportunity to help. If you have collected box tops and don’t have a student currently in elementary school, you can drop them off at North Park or Custer Schools. If you want to help, contact Stephanie Miller at 870-1023. In addition to collecting the Box Tops, school supporters can register on the Box Tops Website and earn box tops with any shopping online that they do. It is a simple way to support the school! For more information on how Broken Bow school supporters can earn cash for the school with Box Tops through everyday activities such as buying groceries, shopping online and buying books, check out