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Eagle River students take part in Crayon recycling projectSubmitted: 05/19/2016
Story By Chad Roethlisberger

Eagle River students take part in Crayon recycling project
EAGLE RIVER - At a young age kids learn why it's important to recycle paper and plastics. But, for students in Eagle River, they are recycling a familiar product and it's all for a good cause.  

"The kids love this, because it gives them a chance to sort through Crayons," said Eagle River Third Grade Teacher Tami Davis. "The Crayon Initiative is a really great organization and essentially it's simplistic in its design. It takes old and used Crayons and turns them into something brand new. And it's brand new Crayons. These Crayons are then shipped to children's hospitals around the United States."

The recycling project started when a California man realized just how many Crayons sit in landfills.

"Wax is not biodegradable," said Davis. "So why not take those Crayons, melt them down, make new Crayons, and do something new with them?"

All the schools in Eagle River, Land O' Lakes, and St. Germain are taking part in the project. And while the project has been taking place for about two weeks in Eagle River, the support from the students has been overwhelming.

"Right now it's pretty big just trying to collect from every classroom," Davis said. "We have a lot of classrooms and including St. Germain and Land O' Lakes and thank goodness we have the recycling program. Because all of those kids really help in collecting all of those Crayons."

Once the Crayons are sorted by their color, they are packaged up and sent to California where they are melted down and turned into new Crayons. The Crayons then get sent to children's hospitals across the nation. And next school year, Tami hopes to grow the Crayon program even larger.

"What I'd like to do next year is actually talk to all the restaurants that have Crayons and get them a box and say 'can we please have any used Crayons?'", said Davis. "And ideally what we would do then is one a month, or every six months, go and collect all those Crayons and ship them off and have more Crayons for those children that maybe don't have something like that."

To find more about how you can be part of the Crayon Initiative follow the link provided below.


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