EVERY CHILD DESERVES A CRAYON.
Did you know that restaurants throw away over 150 million crayons per year? These crayons go into landfills where they never decompose, while students all over Los Angeles county go without any crayons. It’s really hard to believe.
Crayon Collection is a non-profit organization that has a solution to this problem. We redistribute like-new crayons in a variety of channels through our Crayon Recycling program. For example, the crayons kid diners leave behind are donated to local Title 1 Elementary Schools. These are schools where over 50% of the families attending the school live under the poverty line. Crayon Collection pairs participating restaurants with nearby schools so that the community can give back within 5 miles.
We use these crayons to create ART in classrooms! Due to budget cuts in education, schools have eliminated art programming from their curriculum despite numerous studies proving that children with access to art perform better in all subjects including reading and mathematics. Crayon Collection's Art in Education program provides schools the opportunity to explore their creativity with our standards compliant projects. Many of these projects are created by local LA artists and find creative ways to offer deeper learning of the arts with the salvaged crayon. Through the Crayon Collection Artist Rotation Program, we visit schools with the artist and work with the students one on one using the crayon project he or she has created as the lesson plan. All projects are compliant with Common Core Standards and focus on crayons as the main tool.
Our newest program is the Color Kindness Project, which provides our children an opportunity to exercise social responsibility to others and our environment by not only collecting the crayons at their school but also sorting them, re-packing them in Crayon Collection linen pouches and writing a note of kindness that is included with the crayon pouch benefitting the children receiving the crayons. The Color Kindness Project will create a global movement for change, a new "eco-normal" consciousness that is mindful of the environment and nearby communities in need.
With your donation, we are able to continue our Crayon Recycling Program, Arts in Education, and our newest program the Color Kindness Project to the low income schools in desperate need of our assistance.
Through the simple act of saving a crayon we seek to reignite art programs in American schools, engage a national audience to be stewards of their community and the environment, and create a new sustainability model.