The call for crayons is back!
This marks the fifth year that junior dairy exhibitors are being asked to bring crayons with them to the annual Wisconsin State Fair. In recent years, approximately 4,000 boxes of crayons have been collected from junior dairy exhibitors, along with other Fair related businesses, to benefit Milwaukee area schools. The crayons were used for early learning and after school programs.
The 2011 challenge is similar to the challenge in years past - collect at least one case of Crayola crayons (24-count boxes) from each county in Wisconsin; however, 4-H clubs and FFA chapters may choose to contribute individually. Additionally, individuals, local businesses and organizations are encouraged to contribute crayons.
There are more than 100 elementary schools in the Milwaukee Public School system with thousands of students in the elementary grade levels. This is an outstanding opportunity for clubs to do a community service project with 100% of the donation going directly to the people it's intended to help.
The idea initially came to Joel Franke after speaking with a teacher who worked in the Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center at the 2007 Wisconsin State Fair, who shared she had purchased crayons for her students, because many are not fortunate enough to have the resources to secure the supplies they need. At the time, Franke was the overnight superintendent of the Junior Dairy Exhibits at the Fair.
Crayon donations may be dropped off at the front desk of the Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center during the Fair or at the Juneau County display in the large dairy barn. The presentation to Milwaukee Public School officials will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Dairyland Youth Celebration in the Coliseum.
Source: Wisconsin State Fair