Kids can easily participate in this international initiative aimed at saving unwanted crayons from going into landfills, and instead get them into the hands of kids in need. Kids save the crayons they receive in restaurants (or ones they don't need anymore) and start a collection bin at school. They tell their friends to bring theirs in as well and after the bin is full, they deliver the crayons to a local school in need. (Crayon Collection has a handy zip code search to find the right school near you.) It's that easy!
|How much time you need (estimated)||30-60 minutes|
|Where it happens||
In your community, anywhere in the U.S.!
|Who needs to help you||Class, Scout troop or other group of like-minded kids, as well as a teacher and/or other adult to help with the collection and delivery|
|When it happens||
All year long
|What you need||
1. A bin or basket to put the donated crayons in
2. Downloadable Crayon Collection sign (available at www.crayoncollection.org)
3. Instructions describing your collection, how long it will last and what people need to do to help (Sample language is offered on our website.)
4. Your imagination (for getting the word out to as many people as possible!)
|How it helps||
69 BILLION crayons are produced per year. Imagine how many end up in landfills. If we all do our part to stop throwing away perfectly good crayons, we can make a huge difference! This eco-conscious act goes a long way because it is environmentally friendly AND helps kids in need gain much needed art supplies.
1. Talk with your principal (or other adult in charge) about holding a crayon collection and find a place in your school (or other facility) to house the collection bin (ideally in the main office).
2. Download or make Crayon Collection signs. (We have downloadable signs available at www.crayoncollection.org/crayons.html.)
3. Tell all your friends about it and ask them to drop their unwanted crayons in the bin during your collection period. Also ask your local restaurants and cafes to save the crayons that other diners leave behind.
4. Once the bin is full, deliver the crayons to a school or organization in need. Check out our site for instructions on how to find a Title 1 school near you or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Schools aren't the only option! Consider doing one in your neighborhood, at your place of worship, at a local community center or anywhere else you may be able to get other kids involved in saving/donating crayons.
|Nonprofits you can work with||
Decide when and where to do your drive and follow the instructions provided. Once the collection bin is full, deliver the crayons to a school or organization in need. Check out the Crayon Collection site for instructions on how to find a Title 1 school near you or send us an email at email@example.com.