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Lyndhurst Students Save 293 Pounds Of Crayons From Landfills

Kids counting and sorting crayons in The Great Crayon Cleanout, a new partnership between Bedtime Math and The Crayon Initiative.
Kids counting and sorting crayons in The Great Crayon Cleanout, a new partnership between Bedtime Math and The Crayon Initiative. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bedtime Math

LYNDHURST, N.J. -- New crayons recycled from old were donated to hospitals thanks to the efforts of Lyndhurst students who joined a statewide initiative.

Franklin School, Memorial Campus and Columbus School each will be awarded a STEM prize for saving a total of 293 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.

  • Franklin School collected 147 pounds, 10 ounces, or 0.7 pound per student
  • Memorial Campus, 80 pounds 11 ounces, or 0.4 pound per student
  • Columbus School, Lyndhurst, Bergen County – 66 pounds 5 ounces, or 0.5 lb. per student

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.

The three Lyndhurst schools were among the top 10 collecting schools per student, and will choose from 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.

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