Question: Are homeschool families or co-ops eligible to participate in the Box Tops for Education program?
The Official Rules state:
The Box Tops for Education program is also open to Internal Revenue Service recognized 501(c)(3) home school associations in the United States, organized and operated primarily for educational purposes and containing a class of 15 or more students in one or more grades from kindergarten through eighth grade.
Homeschool families are not eligible to clip/earn BTFE funds unless they participate in a qualified 501(c)(3) home school association as described above. If your cooperative is a 501(c)(3), you absolutely should pursue membership in the BTFE program.
The BTFE program can only accept a request to participate in Box Tops for Education from a School Administrator. The School Administrator should call customer service at 1-888-799-2444 and ask for information on joining the program.
If your co-op enrolls in the program, you are asked to identify a Coordinator who will submit the Box Tops two times a year (usually March 1 and November 1). Often co-ops will ask parents to take on a volunteer role during the year as part of the cooperative effort. This is an excellent job for a volunteer.
Our co-op has written up a handy reminder for your families when it gets near the time to submit Box Tops. It includes some tips on maximizing the money your co-op can make.
BOX TOPS SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
Our co-op applies BTFE money toward books or co-op/class supplies each year. We do not return cash to the family as it is a program made available and managed by the co-op, so the funds raised are targeted to co-op operations.
I live with my husband and three children in the beautiful bluegrass region of Kentucky. I am passionate about my faith, home educating my children, and seeing as much of God’s creation as possible! I grew up in a home that encouraged self-education, so Charlotte Mason’s philosophy was a natural fit for our family. After moving to Kentucky and struggling to find an established CM community, I decided to host information sessions on Mason’s philosophy of education. Those sessions led to a book study, which led to a summer cottage school, which led to the 2012 establishment of Overstone School, a Charlotte Mason cooperative school. Today, there are over 300 CM home educators and many support groups and book studies in the Bluegrass region, connected through the Bluegrass CM Community Facebook page.