Huntley Middle collects box tops for education

Published: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

DeKALB – Huntley Middle School is teaming up with the Creative Community Service Network to turn in as many box tops as possible.

Box Tops for Education is a national program in which Betty Crocker and other food brands print the box top logo on their products. School districts turn in the box tops, which are worth 10 cents each, for collection March 1 and Nov. 1.

Principal Roger Scott said the network of volunteers will work throughout February to increase the number of drop-off sites for box tops.

WLBK-AM 1360 will collect labels at its office on the second Monday of each month at 2410 Sycamore Road, Suite C, Scott said. The school is working to get a drop-off site established at Lehan Drugs, 1407 S. Fourth St., and Schnucks, 975 S. Annie Glidden Road.

The $1,300 collected in November goes toward clubs and other extracurricular activities at the school, Scott said.

Angela Baron-Jeffrey, a volunteer with the network, said the community has not been maximizing the funding potential of box tops.

“Schools have a certain money or funding,” she said. “Those funds are shrinking as we speak because of the state of affairs in the state. Some schools throughout the country use the funds to supplement other activities. Our community has not been maximizing the potential of these box tops.”

If they are successful at Huntley, Baron-Jeffrey said they are open to expanding their efforts to other schools. For information, call Huntley Middle School at 815-754-2241.

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