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Susan Thelen, a health teacher at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria, coordinates the Box Tops for Education program, which raises funds for schools. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)

Don't throw money in the trash

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Box tops aren't just from cereal anymore. They can be clipped from Kleenex and broccoli and soup and milk. They can even be found on underwear packaging.

Best of all, box tops mean free money for schools.

"You have a lot of value in your cupboards right now. It's things you would never expect," said Susan Thelen, a 7th and 8th grade health teacher at Discovery Middle School (DMS) in Alexandria.

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