Niagara Gazette —
Some schools even use the Box Tops and Labels program to provide incentive to get students to come to school.
“We’ve offered attendance incentives to our students,” said Patrick Kuciewsk, principal of 79th Street Elementary School. He said that such incentives included gift cards, ice cream and pizza parties and fun days. The school’s program also assisted in funding field trips, and buying school supplies.
An age when education funding is steadily declining highlights how valuable the Box Tops and Labels for Education programs are. “Every dollar counts,” Kuciewsk said.
Added Santiago, “We’d like to see the program increase as economic times get more difficult. The more we have, the better.”
Because box tops and labels are available on a variety of foods, any person that wishes to can support the program and their neighborhood elementary school. “If people don’t have kids, they can still send their box tops and labels to any grade school they want to send them to,” Crivello said, who added that every elementary school in Niagara Falls participates in the program.
And certainly the committment of engaged parents can be influential to students, Kuciewsk said. “Increased parental involvement is always a positive for the children in our schools,” he said.