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Give back to your school when you purchase from Box Tops for Education Marketplace (win a gift card!)

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**Contest closed. Congratulations to winner Heidi Olivera!**

For the next 25 days leading up to Christmas, we need to shop so why not do it online for a great cause that gives back to your child’s school?

You’ve probably heard of General Mills’ Box Tops for Education where you earn cash for your child’s school by clipping Box Tops coupons from participating products (the program has has earned $400 million since 1996). That’s swell if you’re a coupon/box clipper but I’m not. What I am is an online shopper so their Box Tops for Education Marketplace online shopping portal is an easy way for me to give back (without the clipping!)

The Marketplace features more than 175 retailers with categories ranging from electronics to toys to travel from well-known retailers such as Target, Bloomingdale’s and Best Buy, Crate & Barrel, and Gap. The process is simple: enter in your child’s school and become a member of Box Tops for Education. Then, Shop & Earn box tops for your school. It really is that easy. I was sent a $50 gift card to test it out (AND TO GIVE AWAY to one lucky reader!)

With every product listed, it shows how many eBox tops are earned for your school.

Purchases through Marketplace help schools raise funds to keep extra curricular activities, aid field trips and fund school supplies. With each qualified purchase through Marketplace, eBoxTops are donated to a school of the purchaser’s choice. Schools can earn up to 15 eBoxTops for every $10 spent. More than 70,000 schools across the United State participate in the Box Tops for Education program.

I’ll admit I despaired a bit when I saw my school has only raised $18 this year. But then I inspired to read that when North Bay Elementary School lost their playground to Hurricane Katrina, they raised enough money to replace it through Box Tops for Education ($6,800). All this great campaign needs is word-of-mouth for your peers to do their shopping at retailers they already love at Box Tops for Education…and help your school in the process.

Contest

Mile High Mamas is giving away a $50 gift card for you to use at the retailer of your choice at Box Tops for Education. Please go here to enter. Contest deadline is December 11, 2011.

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