Take Notes on How These GA Moms Turned Excitement into Dollars for Their Kid’s School

BY: - 17 Dec '12 | Home

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Box Tops Moms from GreenForest McCalep Christian Academic Center in Decatur, GA.  They are raising much funds that will be used in the technology center.
Photo Credit: Lamar Tyler

Box Tops Moms from GreenForest McCalep Christian Academic Center in Decatur, GA. They are raising funds that will be used in the technology center.
Photo Credit: Lamar Tyler

After attending a local Box Tops University program four years ago, the Box Tops Moms at GreenForest McCalep Christian Academic Center in Decatur, GA, returned to their school invigorated and ready to bring in more money for their school. And the group of 10 moms did just that. In just four years, they’ve gone from collecting $78.00 for the entire school year, to collecting $4,000.00 in the first of two collection periods of this year alone.

We recently sat down with the Box Tops Moms of GreenForest-McCalep to get some insight on just how they were able to do it. And, we’ve provided their amazing tips below. Try them out at your school and let us know how well they work.

Committee member, Sherlonda Martin

Keep Everyone Informed:

Committee member, Sherlonda Martin shared with us that funds from the Box Tops 4 Education program are going directly to the PTO. The PTO uses the money to purchase additional technology needs for the school. Keeping the students and administration informed of their progress and about what’s going on in the program, ensures that everyone has a vested interest in collecting Box Tops.

Box Tops Mom Nicole Larson Jenkins

Get Everyone Involved:

Box Tops Mom Nicole Larson Jenkins, asked her siblings and her children’s grandparents to get involved. Her mother went to the ladies club in her neighborhood and started rounding up box tops for her grandchildren. Now, they have box tops being sent in from around the country. People are helping the school by sending in box tops from products that they’ve already been buying, but throwing away, up until now.

In an effort to keep things as simple as possible for the parents, the Box Tops Moms also drafted a letter that explained the Box Tops program, the school’s goals, how the money will be used, and how you can get involved. They gave the letter template to the parents of the school who, in turn, sent the pre-drafted letters off to their relatives and friends.

Box Tops Mom, Ursala Maddox

Set Goals:

The Box Tops Moms emphasized the importance of setting goals. Prior to the third year they set a goal of 100,000 box tops, a knowingly very aggressive goal. Ursala Maddox shared that:

“the thinking was we may not meet this goal but we’ll definitely have fun trying.”

At the end of the school year they had collected 56,000 box tops and went from raising $831.00 to $5,600.00 in just a one-year span.

Committee Member, Karlotta Brown

Get Creative:

How did they collect 56,000 box tops last year? Karlotta Brown told us that they got creative by thinking of ways to get everyone excited about the Box Tops program at the school. And the primary tool for raising so many box tops was contests. Monthly competitions with prizes such as pizza parties, cup cakes and ice cream excited the students and raised involvement. They even had friendly competitions between classrooms and grade levels. They also gave out certificates to the students who turned in the most box tops. You would be surprised at how much something like a free certificate would mean to the students.

And for many of their prizes, they reached out to the local community and asked for donations from merchants and organizations.

Maintain High Visibility with bulletin boards and banners.

Maintain High Visibility:

One of the main keys to their success was high visibility. The Box Tops Moms maintain high visibility for the program at the school. Each mom wore a Box Tops badge every time they entered the school. Additionally, they have dedicated bulletin boards in several places throughout the school for the Box Tops program. They posted flyers around the school, have public collection boxes, and they even have a Box Tops mascot that one of the parents made from a cardboard box. By keeping the visibility high, everyone at the school has a constant reminder of the Box Tops program.

 These ladies are doing an amazing job at their school. Hopefully you can take some of these tips to multiply your Box Tops earnings, and catapult your school to the next level.  They are an excellent example of the benefits of having parents that are involved in their children’s educations.

BMWK – please leave an encouraging word for the moms of GreenForest McCalep Christian Academic Center as they are providing an excellent example of the power of parental involvement!   Do you participate in your school’s Box Tops program?  If yes, give us some additional tips and ideas for getting the school and parents excited about the program.

Disclosure: Lamar and I are paid spokesbloggers for the Box Tops For Education program. We will be providing information and stories throughout the school year in hopes of encouraging our community to take advantage of the millions of dollars that are being given to schools across the country each year. All opinions expressed are our very own.

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Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of BlackandMarriedWithKids.com and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.

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5 Questions to Determine If You Are Married To Your Work

BY: - 19 Dec '12 | Home

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by Dr. Dwayne L. Buckingham

Work is notable and demonstrates faith in God. We serve a God that cares about our relationships as well as financial needs. Our relational and financial needs are met in part by the work we do. Anything in life worth having is gained through diligence and work. To have a job that you love is a blessing. However, a large percentage of individuals are failing in their relationships because they are more committed to their work and/or profession than they are to their personal relationships.

During a recent conversation with a female friend, I was accused of being married to my work. Initially, I became defensive and attempted to explain why I am so committed to my work. I told her that I am very passionate about my work and spend so much time working because God has blessed me with a skill to help others. After I finished speaking, she looked at me with a “give-me-a-break” look on her face and said, “I know that you are committed to your work and God will definitely continue to bless you for helping others. However, can you honestly tell me that you invest just as much time in your personal relationships as you do in your work. Don’t answer me now, just think about it”.

After several weeks of deep deliberation and self-reflection, I concluded that the accusations made against me were correct. As I began to closely examine my day-to-day actions, observe others’ behavior and have conversations with passionate individuals who are committed to their work, I learned that many individuals do not live balanced lifestyles. Individuals frequently say that they are committed to their relationships and express a desire to be happy, but their words are not consistent with their actions. Making money, living comfortable lifestyles and acquiring financial stability has taken precedence over individuals’ desires to be happy in their relationships.

Are you as equally committed to your relationship as you are to your work? I hope that you are. However, if you are not sure and would like to determine if you are married to your work, please review the five behavioral indicators listed below.

1. Repeatedly absent due to commitment to fulfill work requirements.

Do you frequently miss sporting activities, family outings and/or fail to meet your spouse’s emotional, physical or spiritual needs because you are committed to fulfilling work requirements? Do you frequently reschedule “relationship time” in order to get work done? Do you regularly sacrifice your personal downtime to do work? If you answered, “Yes” to either of the aforementioned questions, you might be married to your work.

2. Experience recurrent emotional or physical distress due to work responsibilities.

Do you frequently complain about feeling stressed or fatigued because you dedicate a lot of time to work? Do you often feel guilty or question your level of relationship commitment because you are obsessed with your work? If you answered, “Yes” to either of the aforementioned questions, you might be married to your work.

3. Cause or contribute to social, interpersonal or relationship problems because of your work commitment.

Do you frequently argue with or have “intense conversations” with your significant other, spouse, children, family members and/or friends because you constantly work long hours? Are you often accused of being more committed to your work than your loved-ones? Do you give-up or reduce important social or recreational activities because you feel compelled to work? If you answered, “Yes” to either question of the aforementioned questions, you might be married to your work.

4. Express difficulty with separating your personal worth from your professional worth.

Do you have a tendency to link your self-worth to your professional status or work task completion? Do you feel good about yourself and appear to be full of life at home or in social situations when things are going well at work? Does your self-esteem or self-concept diminish when you are not at work or when work is not going well? Do you have difficulty enjoying evenings out on the town because you are too preoccupied with or thinking about things you must accomplish at work? Does your significant other often tell you that you are ruining the “moment” because your mind appears to be somewhere else – not on him or her? If you answered, “Yes” to either of the aforementioned questions, you might be married to your work.

5. Spend a great deal of your time completing work-related task at home.

Do you have a home office and spend a great deal of time working on work-related tasks? Do you get annoyed when your significant other asks you to stop bringing work home? If you answered, “Yes” to either of the aforementioned questions, you might be married to your work.

After reviewing the behavioral indicators listed above, I hope that you are capable of determining if you are married to your work. Also, I hope that you realize that “excessive” work commitment typically contributes to relationship unhappiness and/or singleness. According to the U.S. Census Bureau “America’s Families and Living Arrangements” there are 99.6 million unmarried people over the age 18 in the United States, representing nearly 44% of the adult population. Researchers posit that the reason for the rise in these alarming statistics regarding the decline of the marriage institute can be linked to individuals’ excessive commitment to their work. Both women and men are constantly reevaluating the need to get married, especially during their mid twenties and thirties because they are focusing on trying to accomplish their professional goals.

Remember that God created us to work, but He also created us to have prosperous relationships. The ability to develop and maintain healthy relationships requires individuals to be committed to balancing in their personal and professional lifestyles. No matter how successful you are professionally, your accomplishments cannot comfort you at night.

If you desire to have a prosperous relationship, remember that you have to invest time into your relationship and strive to develop a balanced lifestyle. During my coaching sessions and seminars, I often remind individuals to never forget that happiness on the outside does not matter, if it is not felt on the inside.

You can gain additional insight about relationship commitment and learn how to develop a balanced lifestyle by securing a copy of my best selling relationship book, “Unconditional Love: What Every Woman and Man Desires in a Relationship”.

Dr. Dwayne L. Buckingham is a renowned psychotherapist, motivational speaker, author and activist who provide individual and marital therapy to military soldiers and their families assigned to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of R.E.A.L. Horizons Consulting Service, LLC located in Silver Spring, Maryland. To learn more about Dr. Dwayne Buckingham visit his website at www.DrBuckingham.com. You can follow Dr. Buckingham on Twitter @DrDBuckingham.

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