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Oakmont woman collecting crayons for underfunded schools

Dillon Carr
| Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 1:39 p.m.
Lori Hummel’s collection bin already has some crayons that she will donate to area schools.
Lori Hummel’s collection bin already has some crayons that she will donate to area schools.
Lori Hummel sits by her collection bin located beside her garage at her Oakmont home.
Lori Hummel sits by her collection bin located beside her garage at her Oakmont home.

An Oakmont woman is collecting used crayons to donate to underfunded schools in the area.

Lori Hummel will accept gently used crayons at her a collection bin at her home now through Aug. 19. The bin is located beside the garage at 26 Oakglen Drive.

“I have achieved some success in my life,” Hummelsaid. “I sell real estate, and I want to give back to the communities that have supported me through my career.”

Her effort is part of a national organization aimed at collecting 1 million crayons by Aug. 11 and redistributing them to Title I elementary schools and other child care programs to promote the arts and keep the coloring utensils out of landfills.

According to Crayon Collection, the Los Angeles nonprofit behind the effort, 150 million crayons handed out in restaurants end up in landfills each year. The campaign also is intended to save teachers money spent on classroom art supplies.

Hummel said she read about the program in a magazine and thought it would be a good addition to the other collection drives she organizes for the Rosedale Food Pantry and local schools. Plus, August happens to be National Crayon Collection Month, a campaign started by Crayon Collection in 2016.

“This is a new one,” she said. “It’s fun and a good thing to do, so I’m really excited and I’ll do it again if it’s successful.”

Verner Elementary School in Verona will get the first round of crayons. Depending on the amount Hummel receives, she also will redistribute to schools in Penn Hills and Pittsburgh.

Donors can drop off crayons at Hummel’s collection bin any time of the day, she said. For more information, call her at 412-287-1739 or email her at lhummel@howardhanna.com.

For information on how you can set up your own collection, visit crayoncollection.org.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Dillon at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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