The Crayon Collection is asking teachers, students and parents nationwide to participate in the largest national crayon drive in history on National Crayon Day, March 31. By redistributing discarded crayons to children in underserved schools, participants are also eliminating tons of waste destined for landfills.
Proceeds will support the Crayon Collection’s distribution of crayons to more than 1,000 Title 1 Schools and Head Start Centers across the country. This relieves the burden placed on many teachers to purchase crayons out-of-pocket, most spending approximately $750 a year on basic classroom supplies. “No child should have to attend school without the most basic of supplies,” says Sheila Morovati, President and Founder of the Crayon Collection, a nonprofit organization. “We really need the help of other conscious families to support our outreach to those in need while helping the environment.” The drive in Los Angeles will be hosted at Brentwood Gardens, 11677 San Vicente Blvd. It will involve interactive kid-friendly activities from 3-5 p.m.
Restaurants also play a key role in helping grow the Crayon Collection. Denny’s Restaurants just partnered with the nonprofit and is now donating the gently used crayons diners leave behind.
The National Head Start Association’s Executive Director Yasmina Vinci says receiving all those quality crayons donated from restaurants and participants is helping them help children succeed. “Restaurants throw away millions of crayons each year and together we can keep them out of landfills and put them in the hands of children in need,” says Vinci.
“Each year billions of crayons are produced leaving behind mountains of paraffin wax waste, which takes decades to decompose,” says Crayon Collection’s Sheila Morovati. “We’ve found a much better place for them and we look forward to our biggest collection yet on National Crayon Day!”
How to Get Involved
Donate unwanted crayons March 31. Take your collected crayons to a school in need near you. Click here to use the school finder. If you miss out on National Crayon Day, or want to participate year-round, you and your kids can set-up a crayon collection through Project Giving Kids here.
Submitted by Crayon Collection