EUSTIS — Schools may be closing for the summertime, but the drive by the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) to help Lake County Schools collect box tops from General Mills products continues.
Each box top collected is worth 10 cents and goes directly to local schools. Since beginning its drive in November 2009, the Lake County CTST has collected more than 1,600 box tops. Those interested in assisting with this program are encouraged to drop-off clipped box tops from General Mills products to the Lake County Department of Public Works, located at 437 Ardice Ave. in Eustis.
“I am very thankful to the supportive citizens who collect box tops and send them to our office,” Noble Olasimbo, Chairman of the Lake County CTST. “Funds received from this program enable schools to purchase needed items that may not be within their budgets.”
Schools on the average receive between $800 and $2,000 from the Box Tops for Education Program. The program was started in 1996 by the General Mills Corporation. It has funded more than $300 million to schools nationwide since its conception.
The Lake County CTST is a multi-jurisdictional agency with cooperation between Lake County, its municipalities, other organizations and concerned citizens. The CTST uses a multi-disciplinary approach to solve roadway safety problems in Lake County. The team is comprised of individuals representing engineering, law enforcement, emergency services, traffic-safety education and the public.
For more information about the Box Tops for Education Program or the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, call Noble Olasimbo at (352) 483-9092 or Cheryl Sutherland at (352) 483-9048.