smart & final california milk

As a former 3rd grade teacher, I'm passionate about education and I've personally seen the impact that community programs can have on schools. When I was working at a school in Los Angeles, the district eliminated our librarian's position, and the community rallied to save my friend's job with an overwhelming display of vocal and financial support. The education system is one area where every little bit really does count, and I love to help out schools in any way I can. California's dairy families feel the same way, and they've come up with a special program for schools through the California Milk Advisory Board. The program will award up to $2 million in cash, books and prizes to schools in Southern California. Here's how it works:

Clip seals from any Real California Milk product (except for products sold at school). Select Smart & Final First Street products, including most butter, milk, sour cream, cottage cheese and even ice cream are part of the promotion.

Send the seals with a 3”x5” card with your name, school name, school address, city, state, zip, phone number, email address, grade, number of students in your classroom and the number of students in your entire school. Each teacher entrant gets one Scholastic book, AND for every set of 100 or more seals they get 25 Free Scholastic books or a $25 school supplies gift card. Indicate which you'd like to receive and mail this package to:

Real Seal Appeal Sweepstakes
c/o Scholastic Inc.
P.O. Box 711
New York, NY 10013

Up to $2 million in cash and prizes will be awarded!

This program is goes through December 31, 2011 and is open to participating elementary schools in Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The California Milk Advisory Board is going to announce winners in February, but Smart & Final is doing a separate #SmartFinalSupportsSoCalSchools sweepstakes for even more chances to win along the way! People who go to and enter why their Southern i school should win will have a chance at $500, $300 or $200 to donate to the school of their choice. Smart & Final will pick three winners EVERY MONTH through the end of the year!

real california milk seals box

To kickstart the program in our community, we made our own California Milk seal collection box for a local school. We recycled an old box, covering it with butcher paper, painting it with leftover paint from our bold bathroom makeover, freehand drawing a logo and using an exacto knife to cut out an opening on top.

California real seal appeal box


real california milk school seals

Some Boy and I took it to a nearby school that was excited for the chance to participate in the #CBias #SmartFinalSupportsSoCalSchools program. As you can tell, Some Boy was REALLY excited. One day, he'll get the chance to help out his own school with projects like this.

This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for #collectivebias. All opinions are my own.