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Box Tops Buy Albemarle Schools New Learning Tools

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Supporting public schools can be as simple as eating cereal. All you have to do is rip off the box top afterward.

Brownsville Elementary School in Albemarle County is benefiting firsthand. Students at the school have extra reading tools thanks to funds from Box Tops for Education.

Teachers are using the box top program to reinforce lessons students already learn in the classroom. Among Brownsville Elementary School's new tools is a digital reading program.

First-grader Brieger Clark, who uses the program, said, "I read a book about Helen Keller and it had some questions about Helen Keller and I already knew them since I read the book about her."

Albemarle County schools have cashed in more than $10,000 worth of General Mills box tops this school year.

"Even though it's only a small amount each one, like 10 cents at a time, you could not believe the accumulative affect it has; we get thousands of dollars every year because of community members sending these in," said first-grade teacher Megan Sullivan.

Students are using the new digital reading program two to three times a week. The program allows students to learn at their own pace.

"They can also move up and down as they need to with certain books if they're harder or easier, they can move up in their reading level individually," Sullivan said.

But that's not all. The box tops have also bought new P.E. equipment for the students, like new cones, a large Frisbee and medicine balls. The money also went toward a large outdoor map of the United State, so students can brush up on geography while out on the playground.

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