Support IPA: Box Tops

Box Top 2019 expiration

Found on literally hundreds of groceries and products, BOX TOPS are little coupons worth 10-cents and offer an easy way to support Island Pacific Academy.  The Box Tops for Education fundraising program can really add up because the coupons come on groceries and other products that most people already buy.  One Box Top looks like this:

Box Top 2019 expiration
Close up of a Box Top clipped out from the packaging of a grocery product.

But when you see a Box Top, you should “see” it like this:

US Dime
Close up of a United States dime which has a value of 10-cents.

And when many Box Tops are turned in to the school…

Box Top in a pile
A pile of Box Tops cut and clipped from packaging.

…it’s the same as having a large collection of dimes brought in.

Dimes in a pile
An assortment of dimes.

Twice each year Island Pacific Academy gets a check for the amount of  Box Tops submitted.  Just by clipping out and turning in Box Tops, our students and families have raised thousands of dollars for IPA over the years.

The General Mills company issues checks to the school for all the Box Tops.

Every year, IPA has parent volunteers helping with the Box Tops effort (cleaning up the edges on each one, checking expiration dates, counting and bagging for shipping).  And, for many years, a dedicated and enthusiastic parent has become a Box Tops “ambassador” for the school encouraging our students to spot and collect them.

The current Box Tops ambassador, “Mrs. Box Tops,” is IPA mom Cindy Spreg who has three children attending the school.   She admits that she is “tickled pink” to be Mrs. Box Tops and dresses the part once a month to appear at the Elementary Assembly.  

Mrs Box Tops x3
The moms behind the Box Tops effort at IPA are Sharon Nakamura who clips and counts all of the Box Tops received and Cindy Spreg as the current “Mrs. Box Tops.” Before the Nakamura and Spreg team, IPA parent Dee Paz filled the role of Mrs. Box Tops also dressing the part with a hat, dress, and purse.  Paz’s pink purse was handed down to the current Mrs. Box Tops.

At an Elementary Monday Assembly each month, Mrs. Box Tops announces the student with the highest number of box tops turned in for that month; the student is recognized and has the honor of pulling another student’s name out of the  Box Tops Bucket. These two lucky students get to have lunch with Elementary Principal, Steve Ross, and share their ideas.

Secondary Division students can pick up a name slip from the main Administrative or third floor office and turn in Box Tops too. Recognition is given for grades 6-8 and 9-12 at respective town halls.

So, remember to keep on CLIPPING OUT BOX TOPS.

Participating products include General Mills cereals; items from Ziploc and Hefty brands; Betty Crocker baking and bakeware; frozen and refrigerated items from Pillsbury, Totino’s, Annie’s, Land o Lakes, Yoplait; meals and snacks from Old El Paso, Progresso, Hamburger Helper, Nature Valley, and Motts; and even paper products for the home and office.  See a list of participating products by clicking here.

If you know of a product-related fundraiser and are interested in coordinating the effort here at the school, please contact IPA’s Volunteer Coordinator Emily Brown at

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