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A letter from the founder:
Like many busy families, my family used to frequent a kid friendly restaurant in our neighborhood several times a week. At the end of every meal, I would guiltily eye four bright, virtually unused crayons sitting on the table, knowing they shouldn't be tossed in the trash. I started to keep our barely-used crayons, and built up a stash of thirty crayons within a month.
Donate those crayons!
You can help too!
Contact your neighborhood:
- Student Council
- Non Profit Organizations
Crayon Collection's mission is simple: to collect as many crayons as possible and donate them to kids in need. We now work with many local as well as large restaurant chains such as Islands Restaurants and we pair them up with a Title1, or high poverty, school to pick up their crayons on a monthly basis. We have also placed collection bins in the offices of over 150 preschools and elementary schools throughout the country that donate crayons, either by holding crayon drives or simply by allowing parents to drop off their own loose crayons. These schools then donate their collected crayons to a low-income school of their choice or organizations such as One Voice. Some of our most successful crayon collections derive from the ones that are run by various schools' student councils.
Crayon Collection also affords us a chance to instill an eco-conscious mindset within our children. We feel children should learn not only the advantages of recycling, but also of re-using items and reducing the great deal of waste in our culture. Saving crayons is a simple lesson, but it generates many relatable experiences for our kids.
SupportersWe thank all the companies and individuals who are helping us make a difference in childrens' lives and the environment.
"One Voice loves all of the crayons that you've donated to us. Thousands of Head Start children have been so excited to receive them!"
- Kelli Paul - One Voice Asst Director
"The kids loved getting the crayons. It was a boost for the school because we didn't have to spend funds on crayons and we were able to spend funds on other needs since we had so many cuts. It started a relationship for our community with Islands Restaurant."
- Dr. Craig Singer - Westside Ladership Magnet School , Marina del Rey , California
"...the students were able to properly complete their homework with the donated crayons..."
- Sethany Yemen, Afterschool Program Westside Leadership Magnet School
PressThe more we spread the word – the more crayons we collect! If you are interested in learning more about us please download our press release or contact us at email@example.com.
Crayon Collection Press Release
A Crayon Collection is born...simple yet so valuable.
Crayon Collection: A Win-Win Idea
Title I Schools Receive Colorful Donations
Santa Monica Mirror
The List — February 2013
Donating Crayons to Kids in Need
Los Angeles Mom Magazine
You can help too!
By contacting your favorite local kid friendly restaurant you can inspire them to start collecting crayons. You can pick up those salvaged crayons on a scheduled basis and find a new home for them. Or, just ask the main office in your school to put a crayon collection basket in a high traffic area of the school. Families will love a place to bring their loose crayons! Click here for a Crayon Collection Sign.
How To Guide
Ask your school if it's alright to designate a small area for a little box or basket for the crayons to be collected in. Download a sign for your crayon collection box here.
Tell the teachers to inform everyone that there is a Crayon Collection in place.
Ask local restaurants if they would be willing to add to your collection.
Once you have collected enough crayons to fill a large shoe box simply drop them off at a school nearby that is in need of crayons. Or you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find you the closest school that needs crayons.
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Los Angeles, CA 90049
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A letter from the founder:
Like many busy families, my family used to frequent a kid friendly restaurant in our neighborhood several times a week. At the end of every meal, I would guiltily eye four bright, virtually unused crayons sitting on the table, knowing they shouldn't be tossed in the trash. I started to keep our barely-used crayons, and built up a stash of thirty crayons within a month. As I did the math after noticing that many other families also left their crayons behind, I saw an opportunity to create change, both for the environment and for kids who might not otherwise have access to something many of us take for granted. We hope you will take a moment to learn more about our cause and get inspired to collect crayons in your community.
Sheila Michail Morovati, Founder