Recycling helps children with special needs

Local group turns old crayons into Super Crayons


Vinika Porwal


Before throwing away that gigantic pile of half-crayons collecting in the bottom of the box, consider another option: put your child’s old art supplies to good use by donating them to the Super Crayons Rescue Project at SCARCE.

Located in Glen Ellyn, SCARCE—or School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education—collects crayons, peels off their wrappers and melts and molds them together by color to make "super crayons." The organization then distributes these extra-large crayons to groups that support children with special needs, including those with motor skills challenges, visual impairments or even trouble reading.

Super Crayons is just one of five "rescue" programs at SCARCE. Other rescue programs collect cell phones, gym shoes, ink jet cartridges and books to add to SCARCE’s mission of building sustainable communities. Its popular Tools For Schools program accepts donations of anything office- and classroom-related.

"We realized that teachers need more than just textbooks for resources," says SCARE’s Shefali Trivedi. "From paper and notebooks and binders and highlighters and erasers, dry erase markers—everything."

Parents or groups can drop off broken crayons or donations of classroom supplies at SCARCE’s Glen Ellyn office located at 799 Roosevelt Road, Building 2, Suite 108, between 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information, call (630) 545-9710 or visit



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