SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) - Parents of children at Saltillo Primary School count box tops every other week.
The labels off certain General Foods items are collected by students and others and then turned in to the company for money for the school.
Parent Katrina Hooper said, "Every box top is worth ten cents. You can imagine how long it takes us to count that. It's worth it. We count every other week to count the box tops."
The money raised here through the box top labels will go to expand one of two current playgrounds at this ever-growing school.
Principal Ken Smith said, "What we're trying to do is increase the number of classes that can go to our playgrounds. It will help us with the logistics of our rotations and help provide more instruction time here at the 'Little Tigers' school."
Already $7,500 has been raised by this school alone!
The PTO heads up the effort and tries to make it fun for the students.
Hooper said, "This spring we decided we'd have an olympics. Every class that hits 500 box tops wins a prize. There are bronze, silver and gold winners. There are 27 winners out of the 40 classrooms we have."
School leaders say this is basically free money, so why not go for it?
Students, their parents, grandparents, and the community as a whole already have put Saltillo as one of tops in the state and nation in this box top drive.
Hooper said, "Everyone wants to be the number one class with box tops. It's a really fun competition. The big winner is all the students because we want that new playground equipment."
If all goes as planned, new equipment will be ordered soon and ready for use in the fall.