Parents, educators, community organizers and local celebrities rallied together inside the Cosby Auditorium of Spelman College as a call-to-action to improve parental involvement in their child’s education.
The Box Tops for Education Town Hall, sponsored by Walmart and Honey Nut Cheerios, and presented by BET Networks, took place Jan. 24 and will premiere via webcast on BET.com Monday, February 4.
Viewers can visit btfe.com/townhall to access the webcast and watch as MSNBC contributor and executive editor of Politic365.com Jeff Johnson moderate a rousing discussion among panelists, including Spelman College president Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, and Box Tops for Education brand manager Tommy Hillman shared a broad perspective on how a child’s academic success benefits our society.
BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star Boris Kodjoe and his wife, actress Nicole Ari Parker, and Grammy Award-Winning artist and mom Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, also shared anecdotes about innovative ways of educating their children.
Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education and the National Urban League have joined forces to drive parental engagement in their child’s educational journey with the Educational Success Toolkit.
It contains resources such as back to school preparation tips, parent-teacher conference guidelines and a college preparation checklist. Parents can access the toolkit via: btfe.com/townhall.
Box Tops for Education was designed to help combat some of the budget challenges that many schools are facing by creating an easy way for community members to support schools without having to spend extra money.
Since 1996, according to BET Networks, schools nationwide (U.S.) have earned more than $525 million through the Box Tops for Education program, including $47 million just since March 2012. Schools can earn up to $20,000 a year from the program.
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is a leading provider of entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience.