Win-Win for CMU, Area Schools

Box Top Drive
June 3, 2015 Andy Sneddon,

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Another win for Central Michigan.

And a victory for elementary school students in Mount Pleasant.

Central Michigan student-athletes collected more than 34,000 box tops to win the 2015 Mid-American Conference Box Top Challenge.

The Chippewas collected about seven times more box tops than the other MAC schools combined. As the winners of the competition, CMU received the box tops collected by every MAC school, more than 40,000 total.

The box tops will be redeemed for funds that will go to four Mount Pleasant elementary schools -- Mary McGuire, Vowles, Ganiard and Pullen -- to help purchase equipment and supplies.

Ethan Lievense, a member of the CMU men's cross country and track and field teams who sits on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, coordinated the effort.

"Doing something as a student-athletes, it makes you realize how big of a deal this is," said Lievense, who graduated in May with a degree in applied sport management and will begin graduate school in August. "Once I started meeting the kids, the school principals, the community members, you understand how big this is to the entire community, and how much the schools depend on these box tops.

"It makes you want to do the absolute best you can so the schools can provide the best educational environment for the students. We really tried to benefit these kids and meet the need."

It is the second consecutive year that CMU has won the fundraising competition among MAC schools.

Collections were made throughout the spring semester and the Chippewas were announced as the winners last week at the annual MAC meeting in Cleveland.

CMU partnered with radio station WCFX, and collection drives were staged at the likes of Morey Courts and the Chippewa River District Library.
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