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Benjamin Franklin Elementary in Terre Haute was one of four schools in America chosen for the ‘Moments Of Good’ campaign, sponsored by Walmart And Cheerios.

And it all starts with collecting box tops. 

The library at Ben Franklin Elementary is anything but quiet.

Tuesday, media specialist Amber Wigington taught her students about volcanoes. 

She can give them knowledge, but supplying additional items can get expensive.

“I don’t know a teacher who does not spend their own money on their classroom,” Amber Wigington said. “So this was a huge deal for us.”
    
Ben Franklin students collected box tops from General Mills products. 

The school earned 10 cents for every box top sent in. Once selected, a school can use the money on  supplies or other educational needs. 
    
“They had contacted us because we have specially asked for books on our clip board which is like our wish list on the website,” Wigington said.

The local school didn’t learn of the gift  until January 18th when they walked into the east side Walmart on state road 46. 

Along with five thousand box tops and a 25-hundred dollar check, Ben Franklin got every school supply on their list, which filled seven carts.

“We are given very specific budgets so while we can function on what we need immediately,” Wigington said. “Anything outside of that like a laminator would be consider frivolous, we can’t always get those for ourselves.” 

School supplies wrapped in bows still sit unopened on the library table and the check and life sized clip board are on display in the cafeteria. 

But even with the reminders of the day, the real winners are the students. 

“I just still can’t believe that this happened to my little bitty school and we are just so excited and so grateful,” Wigington said. 

The school plans on using the box top money and check towards more books for the library, new IPads and equipment for more science experiments. 

The local Walmart also donated more than 50 boxes of Cheerios to the school which they have not only been eating but using on art projects. 

Out of the four winners two schools have been announced. 

Besides Ben Franklin Elementary School, a high school band in Kansas received money to march in the Rose Parade. 

To see the first video the Cheerios did click here. And to see the big surprise click here

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