COVINGTON — Since the program launched 23 years ago, Georgia schools have earned more than $20 million through Box Tops for Education – and now it’s getting a major update.

Instead of clipping the tops of participating products and sending them to schools, now parents and community members can use their smart phones to earn the same 10 cents per participating product, donated to a school of their choice.

Shoppers will notice the new Box Tops for Education logo on participating products starting this month.

To start earning, participants will need to download the new Box Tops for Education app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play, designate a school to receive their digital Box Tops earnings and start scanning store receipts.

Plus, participants who scan a receipt containing at least one participating product starting now through Nov. 15, will be eligible for the chance to win one of five $20,000 makeovers for their school.

America’s K-8 schools have earned $913 million through the Box Tops for Education program since it was founded by General Mills in 1996. More than 70,000 schools use that cash to purchase items such as computers, library books, art supplies, playground equipment and more.

To learn more visit www.boxtops4education.com.