The Crayon Crusade has a new ‘greener’ image that will not only benefit the students and their families but the school system and community as well. The goal is to restructure the current drive by recycling and reusing as many supplies as possible.
“The recycled / reusable supplies will be kept in each classroom and used for the next incoming class of students. Collection/storage tubs will be placed at the schools for students to bring in any extra supplies they may have at home or to recycle the supplies they have at the end of this school year,” said Mike Gillen, Mercy Hospital – Lebanon president.
St. John’s encourages folks to search their homes for supplies like scissors, clipboards, rulers etc. The hospital will sanitize these items at the end of the school year in preparation for the next school year. This is every families chance to bring in all those extra scissors, rulers, school boxes, glue sticks, crayons, pens, pencils, 3-ring binders, folders, and backpack. Any item that is still usable is welcomed for recycling and will be used in the upcoming school year.
Donna West, Director of Environmental Services, and Crayon Crusade committee member said, “The hospital will also collect backpacks for washing/cleaning and then will return them to the school for distribution to students who need them.”
Mercy invites the entire community to GO GREEN by saving money and supplies. Together, we can change the face of Crayon Crusade by recycling and reusing as many supplies as possible. Collection tubs will be placed in all the schools in Lebanon R-III, Laclede County R-I, Laclede County C-5, Gasconade C-4 and Stoutland schools beginning the first week of May. The official kick-off for the annual Crayon Crusade will be held on July 6, 2011. The Collection Day Celebration will be held on August 10, 2011. Visit www.stjohns.com/lebanon for Crayon Crusade updates.