Monday, February 25, 2008

No more cutting...

Tons of tiny little box tops! What you see here is 4,600 + leetle squares, some smaller than a postage stamp! Ok, if you want to get technical 4,626 of them. (you know gotta count the bonus ones ;)

Boxtops
Oh, in in leetle plastic bags, 94 of them, and I can say at least 70 of them were recycled from the submissions to the school. Oh and I didn't trim all of these...maybe about 1/4 of them today, but it felt like millions! Probably why I can't knit tonite!

We won't talk about how I just found out I didn't need to trim them so nice...or that I could use the bags..why didn't I read the coordinators update better!! hmmmm!!!
Boxtops
You see, being a workingoutofthehome mom, and required needing to do volunteer hours for the school (private) I found a job I could do at home, watching the tv, etc. So this fit the bill, cut these leetle squares out, put together in a box, and mail in each February and earn $$ for the school (many of you may already have this program at your school) (We also do Labels for education ) Heh, more on that another day..looking at a huge box full to trim.

I have had this job for at least 9 years...yes, we've been at that school for 13 years, this is our last year. At first, I did this all alone, trimming over 3,000 of them and mailing them in.

Then I relearned to knit and then the world of blogs arrived and gah..I didn't want to do this alone anymore. So last year, the lightbulb went off, bring the stuff to skate nite (roller skating, you know social teen stuff ;) and get the others to do it for me..well, along with me. All parents were thrilled as they got to meet, chat, and earn their hours too. And me...hehe..well I was the most thrilled as it didn't take away my time for surfing and knitting.

All those leetle squares, one would think lots of $$...sigh..for the amount of them, only $548..but it means I go out with a bang as this is the largest amount we've ever gotten! :) (we are a school of less than 150 students)

Bear with me my friends...in the next few months I have both kids graduating, although she's only graduating from 8th grade, people she has to wear a dress and has been bugging me to get it, and shoes too..and a purse..yikes where did my tomboy go?? (She's not worn a dress since her First Communion!) I'm kind of excited to shop with her..well kind of, her taste and mine..um..so not alike ;) and no, I am not sewing her a dress...yuk! I don't like sewing clothes..all that work and time and it never fits.

So I'm sure I'll be doing a bit of reflecting, crying, and whining to you all in the next coming weeks, thanks in advance for listening! :)

17 comments:

Sarah Jackson said...

Oh my! You're a better mother than me. Good work.

Wishing you luck on that dress thing. I still have vivid memories of that shopping trip, 4 years later. We ended up with a very appropriate dress from Ann Taylor that was on sale for $30. Hope you're as lucky! We have to go shopping for prom now and I'm betting that won't cost $30.

Elspeth said...

do you need any more? I have a pile here just waiting for a worthy cause ... I am impressed, though, in your dedication!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

You are such a fabulous Mom Z!! Dress shopping...I hated that in the 8th grade...ugh!!

Sandra said...

It is always nice and pure pleasure to listen to you! You diserve it!
And, BTW, schools her don't have voluntaree programms! Great!
Also, my first grader, Hedera, is prety foxy, girly, but sonehow she refuses to wear skirts or dresses - a total mistery for me!

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

OMG! that is a lot of crazy work!

Carol said...

Wow! I would sooooo not have the patience for That. I am mucho impressed. Although I do like how you combined it with social and knitting stuff....

sgeddes said...

That is quite a collection you've got going on there! I can't believe all that work. But it sound slike you can up with a great solution to get some assistance.

A dress for graduation today - a dress for prom tomorrow!

Heather said...

My box top days were VERY short lived. It seemed fairly easy at first and quickly turned into a project from hell. Kudos to you for sticking with it for so many years! :)

aquaknits said...

I've never even heard of this box top thing, but I am in awe of all that work you did!

I guess some girls grow out of the tomboy thing, funny I never did. I still don't own a purse, unless you count knitting bags. But those new Namaste bags... :)

And congrats on both Graduations!!

Karen said...

Wow, those are A LOT of leetle squares. Aaaahhhh. Congrats on raising the most $$ ever though.

freshisle said...

We do some of the soup labels and milk bags for cash at our school. I know it's tedious but it really does help. Good for you!

Bezzie said...

Good lord...I'm impressed.

cpurl17 said...

That's amazing!! I'm surprised your hand hasn't fallen off!

Jennifer said...

Wowza! That's a lot of box tops. I tip my hat to you.

Disco said...

OOh, boxtops! When I first visited America I saw them and thought they were a really neat idea. Then when I moved here I started collecting them and eventually found a worthy cause. Now I donate them to an Elementary school I'm volunteering at. I trim the ones I collect:-)

I love the poppy sweater from a couple posts ago :-)

tiennie said...

My hats off to you for doing all of that volunteer work!

weezalana said...

Holy cow, props to you for trimming up thousands of box tops! Very impressive!