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I’ve been collecting Labels for Education points for many years; long before Tot ever entered Kindergarten. There was even a stretch when we didn’t have a school that participated in the program, but I still collected and eventually donated all 300 points to a school that had. You don’t have to have children in school or have a participating school to help out. Labels for Education helps to provide schools with free educational supplies and equipment, things every child deserves to have.
My son’s school district has been on the news a lot this past month. It is so wonderful to see the many ways people have come to help out the Ferguson/Florissant kids have a great first day back to school this year. It helped ease the concerns for many parents and also helped make us Kindergarten parents have grand memories of the very first day.
But I wanted to share how you can make these huge impacts for children by the small acts you do everyday. The very act of putting out an afternoon or after school snack could come with help towards special needs, art and sports supplies.
Campbell’s Labels for Education has many products that offer points; many of which are food and drink related. Take for instance the little snack above. It has a bowl of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, a Danimals Strawberry & Banana Smoothie and Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, all of which support Labels for Education. Here is a list of other brands you can find the labels on!
- V8 (Splash, Fusion)
- Pepperidge Farms
- Danimals / Danoninos
- Pop Secret
- Post Cereal
You can find all the brands and products with labels by visiting the Participating Products List. You can sort by brand, product name or even do a UPC Lookup! PLUS: They even offer Coupons for participating products!
I made a little DIY Labels for Education Can for Tot to save his labels in. He was a little too excited about the goldfish crackers to help out, but he loves helping to pull the UPCs off his cereal boxes!
All you have to do is clean out a Campbell’s soup can (don’t forget to take off the UPC first!) and make sure it is dry. Print out the Labels for Education Logo or make your own! I printed it out on one side of the paper, cut it in half and then adjusted for the size of the can. Then, I taped the ends together and let Tot put stickers all over it once I fixed the rim.
There is ONE thing you must do to the can before letting your children use it and that is to make the rim safe. Little ones love nothing more than to stick their hands into small spaces and that doesn’t work well with any aluminum can. What I did to make sure the rim was protected was place modeling clay around it and let it dry. After it hardens it is a great little Helper Can for Kid’s!
Tot and I are really happy that his school is participating in the Labels for Education program! It is really easy to see if your school (or a school near you) is participating by searching via your Zip Code at Find Your School. Here you can check your school’s progress and also see their Wish List! If your school is not on the list, talk to them about helping by becoming a Coordinator!
You can also help out your participating school by entering to win the Labels for Education Grand Stand For Schools Sweepstakes! 1000 schools will win $1000! That could go such a long way in helping with supplies and programs! The contest ends on 12/31/14, make sure Grandma & Grandma (and everyone else!) enters to support your child’s education!
While you get your child’s lunches ready for school or their afternoon snacks, when you go to purchase school supplies or treats – check the Label. You don’t have to be PTO or room parent to help support your child’s education, you just have to have a pair of scissors and the right UPC.