Crayon you help the youngsters at Rocky Creek Elementary School? I surely hope you can, but my strange Michigan dialect may have distorted the punny message I was attempting to convey. You see, I pronounce the glorious Crayola coloring devices that come in hues like Macaroni and Cheese or, my favorite to pronounce, cerulean, the way you’d start the word ‘cranberry.’ Just one short, sweet syllable that’s already got me jonesing to run to the nearest Target to pick up a box of 64 in addition to the scented ones.
Now that I’m feeling all nostalgic, I’m recalling how amped up I would get about going school supply shopping each year. I mean, there were a lot of big decisions to be made when it came to deciding between the array of Trapper Keeper designs and which Lisa Frank theme you wanted to convey across your collection of supplies. Kitties? Unicorns? Dolphins? Puppies? Puppies and kitties? Incredibly tough choices, I know, but I’m so lucky to have had the luxury of getting fresh, new crayons and colored pencils each August. A staggering amount of youngsters’ parents don’t have the ability to procure the supplies that are truly needed today, let alone the sole Doc McStuffins folder their tot might fiercely desire.
The bottom line is that these supplies are needed for kids to succeed in the classroom and, eventually, someone steps in to ensure every student has the tools to learn: The teacher. In a 2014 report published on Forbes.com, teachers across the United States put an average of $513 of their own funds toward supplies, instructional materials and educational books during the preceding school year. While districts make a concerted effort to help foot the bills that affect the pocketbooks of their teachers, it’s often unmet with the ever-evolving state of technology and knowledge to be procured for the entirety of the school system. Here’s the disheartening truth, though: It happens nationwide, and it even happens at our own McDonough area elementary schools.
Your community-focused greater Atlanta Toyota dealer, Toyota of McDonough, has teamed up with Rocky Creek Elementary School to support their 2015-2016 supply drive. Your donation, no matter how small or inexpensive (hint: check out the “$1 and $3 Spot” at Target!), can make a difference in the life of a child’s education. If you’d like to drop off pens, pencils, paper and the like while, perhaps, browsing for a model from the new 2015 Toyota lineup in McDonough, we’ll be collecting items at our store now through August 1, 2015. So, crayon you help? Please see the list of requested items for the Rocky Creek Elementary School supply drive below: