Weis Markets, General Mills Award 10,000 Bonus Box Tops To Leib Elementary School In Dover, PA

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Sweepstakes Winner Catherine Ryan Donates Funds to Students at Leib Elementary

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This sweepstakes was a helpful way for us to reward customers for continuing to shop with us and to partner with General Mills to provide essential tools for our educational system.

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With the purchase of several General Mills products and one swipe of her Weis Club Card, Dover resident Catherine Ryan won 10,000 Bonus Box Tops for her children’s school, Leib Elementary, an amount equivalent to $1,000 cash. The sweepstakes was held in Weis Markets on behalf of General Mills and Box Tops for Education in August 2009 during a one-week shopping period.

“I was extremely pleased and humbled when I was informed that Mrs. Ryan had selected Leib Elementary as the recipient of her sweepstake winnings,” said principal Troy Wiestling. “Even though Mrs. Ryan’s children no longer attend Leib Elementary, her gesture is even more gracious, as she still wants to actively ‘give back’ to the children in her community.”

Weis Markets ran General Mills’ Box Tops for Education sweepstakes in its stores this past August, announcing to customers that the school of their choice could be the recipient of a 10,000 Bonus Box Tops. Prior to this sweepstakes, Leib Elementary had earned a total of $1,556 during the ’08-09 school year.

“Weis Markets is committed to the communities we serve and to education,” said Dennis Curtin, Weis Market’s Director of Public Relations. “This sweepstakes was a helpful way for us to reward customers for continuing to shop with us and to partner with General Mills to provide essential tools for our educational system.”

The Box Tops for Education program has helped schools earn more than $300 million over the past 12 years. Volunteer Box Tops Coordinators encourage families and individuals to participate in the program through buying groceries featuring the Box Tops coupons that are worth 10 cents each.

By offering this opportunity to Weis shoppers, General Mills is able to stand behind its belief that education is vital to our children’s future. Box Tops for Education continues to give back to schools and students across the United States through parents and shoppers everywhere.

Located in Dover, Leib Elementary is one of thousands of schools across the United States that benefit from the Box Tops for Education program.

About Box Tops for Education: The Box Tops for Education program began in 1996, as more and more schools struggled to make ends meet. Each year, all enrolled schools receive a complete program kit (written in English and Spanish) to help them build their own comprehensive fundraising campaign. Most schools designate a program coordinator to develop ways to encourage students, parents, school staff and community members to clip Box Tops from participating products and bring them to school.

After the collected Box Tops are sent in to General Mills, the school receives a check, equivalent to 10 cents for every Box Top redeemed. Schools can earn up to $60,000 per year, up to $20,000 respectively from the Clip, Shop and Charge program components, to spend on anything they choose. Thousands of schools have used the money from Box Tops for Education to purchase items such as computers and computer software, library books, art supplies, and playground equipment.

Box Tops for Education is open to any accredited public, private, or parochial schools for grades K-8 in the United States that have a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt designation and to any United States military schools, for grades K-8, worldwide. The program is also available to accredited home school associations, K-8, in the United States that have a 501 (c)(3) or 509 (a)(1) tax-exempt designation and have 15 or more students.

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