One second grader’s box top is another student’s treasure

Hurlbutt second grader Molly O’Neill won the elementary school’s box top contest by collecting about 700 box tops.

Hurlbutt second grader Molly O’Neill won the elementary school’s box top contest by collecting about 700 box tops.

For second grader Molly O’Neill, box tops aren’t something to be thrown away but a precious treasure that must be collected.

The O’Neill family moved to Weston from Westport in June 2012, and shortly after her first year in Weston began, Molly discovered the box tops contest at Hurlbutt Elementary School. Her interest was sparked by an incentive to win an ice cream party for her class if they collected the most box tops.

It wasn’t long before Molly went all out for the contest. She scoured through garbage cans and raided friends’ cabinets in hope of finding box tops.

“She always found new lows,” her mom, Stacey O’Neill, said with a laugh.

It has become a pleasant obsession for this young second grader. Much to her delight, General Mills held a conference in Florida where Molly’s father happened to be for a business trip. “She was in box top heaven and collected hundreds that day,” Ms. O’Neill said.

Molly’s efforts were almost all for naught when her mother received a phone call one day from Molly’s teacher, Nicole Morgado, with news that there was no parent volunteer for the contest and it would have to be canceled. Ms. O’Neill knew her time had come, stepped up to the plate and took on the role of parent volunteer.

Molly’s class won the contest, collecting a total of 1,125 box tops — 700 of those from Molly herself.

Anyone for ice cream?

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