Lincoln received a welcome surprise at the end of the school year in the form of $5000. Randy Plagman, owner of Complete Recovery Recycling, walked into the front doors and told Cindy Devlaeminck and the other administration that he was going to donate a series of box tops to their school.
Plagmen noticed at his business that so many box tops were ending up in the recycling bins, still attached to their packaging. He and his workers tore them off and sent them to the school. Students then cut them out and the school sent them in. The total earned was more than they had expected.
"It's the most we've ever received," Devlaeminck said.
Plagman picked Lincoln because his daughter attended school there last year. Because of the money, each teacher was able to order books and classroom materials beyond what the school usually allows for them to order.
Plagman worked through PIE: Partners in Education, and with their representative, Lydia Arnold.
Each box top earns 10 cents for the school of the clipper's choice. In addition, they collected the tops off of Land O' Lakes milk gallons, worth five cents each. Over the last 18 years, Box Tops for Education has donated over $400 million dollars to the education systems. Land O' Lakes will donate up to $10,000 to each school, with a minimum of 2,000 submitted toward the school each year.
"We really appreciate what he did," Devlaeminck said, "helping us out that way and giving us this money."