REGIONAL — Buy, scan, earn.

Box Tops for Education has changed with the times, providing grocery shoppers with a digital way to earn money for their school.

A new Box Tops for Education smartphone app allows users to search for their school of choice for donations of earnings. Once a school has been selected, users simply scan their receipts and tap “submit.”

Box Tops submitted through the free app are still worth 10 cents.

The traditional method of clipping box tops from participating products and sending them to a school is generally still available, but participating brands are beginning to change their packaging to reflect the new digital method. Eventually, the traditional Box Tops will no longer be available.

Although the method of earning credit for a school district will eventually become all-digital, schools will continue to benefit all the same to purchase supplies, fund student field trips and special activities and stock the school library shelves.

School districts across the region widely accept the digital Box Tops. Here’s how they’re put to use:


Prairie Elementary: Replenish/replace indoor and outdoor recess equipment and games.

St. Mary’s: Physical education equipment, iPads, art supplies, etc.

Worthington Christian: Deposited into student fund, which helps fund a variety of activities, including student field trips.


Elementary: Fall Festival, Achievement Night, assistive technology devices, alternative seating options for students and playground equipment are among a variety of programs supported by Box Tops.


Elementary: Purchase new books for the school library.

Heron Lake-Okabena

Elementary: new library books for the school library.

Hills-Beaver Creek

Elementary: Put into the elementary’s student council budget, which sponsors a fall carnival, prizes for students and other fun activities.

Jackson County Central

Pleasantview and Riverside elementaries: Deposited into PTO account, which funds student activities and field trips.


Elementary: Student assemblies


Winfair Elementary: Field trips, classroom items and supplies.