SchoolArts Magazine

Summer 2017

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38 SUMMER 2017 SchoolArts space, battle a fire-headed purple monster, draw a family portrait. No matter who you are or where you are, imagination provides the ideas and crayons bring those ideas to life. What We Do TCI organizes crayon collections that take unwanted crayons, remanufac- tures them, and provides them to hospitals that are caring for children. Hospital arts programs provide in- hospital entertainment and learning opportunities. During a hospital stay, it's important for children to con- tinue normal childhood development and skill building, and to keep life as close to "normal" as possible for them. Art helps hospitalized children by alleviating anxiety, providing psy- T he Crayon Initiative (TCI) is a Northern California based nonprofit with one thing on our minds: promoting the arts for children by providing them access to the resources they need. TCI believes that in order to grow and learn, chil- dren need to have the freedom to be creative and express themselves through art. With crayons in hand, stories can unfold, dreams can take shape, and imaginations can run wild. Children can escape into a world of fantasy penned by their own imagina- tion just by using crayons. More Than Wax Crayons are a simple concept—col- ored sticks of wax. The mere smell, feel, and colors of crayons take us back instantly to our childhood. They are a building block for child- hood creativity. What's simpler than a carton of crayons and a blank sheet of paper? Yet with the combination of these two materials, the possibilities are endless. We can do anything, go anywhere, or be anyone we want to be: ride a dinosaur through a rainbow desert, launch a rocket ship into outer F O C U S I N chological support, and offering cre- ative outlets for self-expression. Environmental Efforts The wax from crayons is not biode- gradable and will never break down, leaving a waxy sludge in our landfills for centuries to come. TCI supports environmental efforts by diverting crayons from landfills. Annually, more than 500,000 pounds of broken crayons are discarded in landfills throughout the country. By collecting unwanted crayons from restaurants, schools, and other locations, and recycling them into new ones, TCI is doing its part to prevent crayons from ending up in a landfill. Crayons are only the beginning for the Crayon Initiative. As we grow, we hope to expand beyond wax sticks and provide opportunities in other areas of the arts for children. We'd like to keep in touch with you: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or sign up for our newsletter at www. Bryan Ware is the founder and president of The Crayon Initiative. Bryan Ware The Cra n Initiative organizes cra n collections that take unwanted cra ons, remanufactures them, and provides them to hospitals that are caring for children. PAGE SPONSORED BY:

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