NBC New York reporter Jen Maxfield reports from Soehl Middle School on a service project to collect old and broken crayons to be made into new crayons and given to hospitalized children. 

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Jen Maxfield of NBC New York talking to sixth grader Liyana Rafua about the crayon-recycling project at the 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program.

 

TV reporter Jen Maxfield of NBC New York visited Soehl Middle School on Nov. 14 to report on a creative project that helps the environment as well as sick children.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program is partnering with The Crayon Initiative to collect used and broken crayons to be recycled and given to children’s hospitals.

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The project will be going on for the whole school year, but the students have already collected two large tubs of crayons. Maxfield interviewed several of the students involved, and video was taken of students sorting the crayons by color, as well as creating posters to help publicized the project.

The entire 21st Century Program is participating in the Crayon Initiative. One student from each classroom volunteered to be the liaison for the project and assist with the crayon collection and dissemination of information. There are collection boxes in the main office at Soehl, as well as at the 21st Century Office. Contact the 21st Century Office at (908) 486-0550 ext. 8787 to schedule a drop-off.

More than a half-million pounds of crayons are discarded every year, turning into a waxy sludge that clogs landfills and never biodegrades. The Crayon Initiative collects donated crayons from restaurants, schools and homes across the country, then melts them down and remanufactures them, reducing waste while brightening the lives of young hospital patients.

For more information about the project, visit www.thecrayoninitiative.org.