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Summit County man donates thousands of box tops to schools

Alli Langley
alangley@summitdaily.com

Summit County local Jim Myers was recognized at a recent Summit School Board meeting for his diligence cutting out box tops he saved from Nature Valley granola bar boxes at his job at The Village at Breckenridge and regularly donating hundreds of dollars worth of the 10-cent cutouts to schools.

For more than five years, Summit County resident Jim Myers has been saving empty granola bar boxes at work and cutting out box tops for education. He's collected and given away at least 20,000.

Until a few weeks ago, the schools didn't know the true source of thousands of dollars worth of 10-cent box tops.

Myers, warehouse supervisor at The Village at Breckenridge, was recognized at a recent Summit School Board meeting after a coworker took note of his hard work.

Before, Myers had given the box tops to schools through friends with kids at different schools in the district. This time he brought 4,668 (plus or minus 10) box tops, worth about $470, with him to the meeting to bestow himself.

"Nature Valley gives us so many thousands of granola bars," which is enough to support a lot of school activities, Myers told the awestruck school board members. "I'd rather see them go to good use."

Sometimes coworkers lend a hand with the cutting and saving, he said, but he amassed at least 10,000 box tops alone. He sometimes established a system for cutting them out though they're not always the same size.

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"You can expect more," he said.