PARAMUS, N.J. -- New crayons recycled from old were donated to hospitals thanks to the efforts of Paramus students who joined a statewide initiative.
Visitation Academy will be awarded a STEM prize for saving over 90 pounds of crayons from local landfills for their participation in The Great Crayon Cleanout, a new partnership between Bedtime Math, a Summit-based nonprofit, and The Crayon Initiative.
The other schools are Franklin School, Columbus School and Memorial Campus.
Students counted, sorted and played math games with unwanted crayons they collected from their homes and classrooms. The Crayon Initiative will melt down the discarded crayons to manufacture new packs, which will be donated to 11 New Jersey children’s hospitals.
Visitation Academy is one of the top 10 collecting schools per student, and will choose one of three special prizes donated by Bedtime Math: a drone, a 3D printer or a telescope.
Nearly 75 elementary schools in 18 counties throughout New Jersey participated in the initiative, which ran June 6-10. More than 25,000 kids joined the effort, saving 5,000 pounds of crayons from the landfill.