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Growing up in the cities of New York, the importance of education was all around me. Living in one of the worse parts of New York (the Bronx), I knew I had to excel in school. I saw many of my friends and family going down the wrong path. My parents were always there to make sure I did the right thing. I studied hard and was able to get grants and scholarships to fund my entire four years of college. I knew going to college was very important to my parents especially since they barely finished High School. They had me at a very young age which made them grow up faster. They always told me, “Mija, make sure that you go to college and be better than us”. I was a first-generation Latina college graduate in my family and it was all due to my parents’ encouragements. It is programs like Campbell’s Labels for Education® that make a difference in our communities by providing stuff for schools that benefit our children.
It is programs like Labels for Education Program is a fun and easy program where families and members of the community work together to earn stuff for their school. You simply collect UPCs and Beverage/Sauce Caps from participating products. Your child’s school can earn athletic items, art supplies, and academic merchandise. So simple, right? The best part? It’s on products you already buy for your family! There are so many products that participate in the program – Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers, V8 Juices, Campbell’s Soups and Sauces, and Pace salsa (just to name a few). Involve your child’s abuelos and abuelas to collect the Labels for Education too! Remember, the more Labels that are collected the more stuff your child’s school receives.
I wanted to create something that would hold all our Labels for Education. I’m all for repurposing items so I decided to make a little pouch (like a coin purse) to hold them. I added velcro so it could be closed when my son transports them to school. The craft project is very easy! You probably have all the items you need laying around.
DIY Goldfish Pouch
- Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers (whichever bag you want)
- Mod Podge
- double sided tape
- foam brush
- (optional) X-Acto knife
Grab an empty Goldfish® crackers container. You don’t have to necessarily clean the inside as you are removing that inside layer/liner.
Carefully remove the inside layer of the bag. It’s the metallic liner that holds the crackers. Do it carefully so you don’t rip the bag. I left the little cardboard section.
Cut out your Labels for Education using your scissors or X-Acto knife. Set aside.
Cut a rectangular hole in the same place the Labels for Education was. Also, cut the excess from the top of the Goldfish® crackers container.You should be left with a flat rectangular piece.
Manipulate the sides so that they are sealed with the double-sided tape. I kept the bottom the same way the package comes.
Seal the bag all around with Mod Podge. Mod Podge will protect the paper and give it a nice shine. Allow time to dry.
Grab the velcro and place it in the opening of the pouch. Then you’re done!
The possibilities are endless since there are so many Goldfish® crackers bags. You can do a Princess pouch with the Princess Goldfish® crackers.
Participating products for Labels for Education can be found at Walmart stores.
Labels for Education has an amazing sweepstakes going on right now which gives your child’s school a chance to win $10,000! Let’s work together by helping our schools!
What is your favorite participating product from the Labels for Education Program? You can see the list of products here: http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Earn-Points/Participating-Products. I’d love to hear your favorite!