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Partnership Brings Repurposed Crayons to Head Start Classrooms Nationwide

March 31, 2015

Partnership Brings Repurposed Crayons to Head Start Classrooms Nationwide


March 31 is National Crayon Day


WASHINGTON, D.C.  — March 31, 2015 — The Crayon Collection, a national initiative that collects millions of repurposed crayons from restaurants across the country each year, and the National Head Start Association (NHSA) announced a partnership today – which is also National Crayon Day – that will bring crayons into thousands of Head Start classrooms.

Founded in 2011 by philanthropist and southern California mom, Sheila Michail Morovati, the Crayon Collection’s mission is simple: Tocollect as many crayons as possible and donate them to kids in need. Billions of crayons are produced in the U.S. each year and many of them end up in landfills, taking years to decompose. Meanwhile, teachers in public schools spend an average of $750 of their own money for classroom supplies each year. Partnering with popular restaurant chains – including California Pizza Kitchen, Islands and other national chains to be announced soon – the Crayon Collection collects millions of crayons and redistributes them to schools in low-income neighborhoods.

NHSA – a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life – is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the U.S.

Commented NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci, “Restaurants throw away millions of crayons each year. NHSA and the Crayon Collection will help keep crayons out of landfills and put them in the hands of vulnerable children. This partnership is a great example of how Head Start works innovatively to engage with businesses in local communities.”

Said Morovati, chairman of the board of the Crayon Collection, “We are thrilled to partner with  the National Head Start Association to expand the Crayon Collection’s reach to our nation’s youngest, most at-risk, early learners, while helping the environment. No child should have to attend school without the most basic of supplies.”

If you’d like to learn more about the Crayon Collection or donate crayons from your restaurant, visit us online at:

Visit the National Head Start Association at:

The National Head Start Association and Crayon Collection acknowledge the efforts of initiative sponsors Magnolia, Exodus, and Cra-z-Art.