In under 8 hours, a donation drive collected over 1,009,500 gently used crayons for more than 700 teachers in Los Angeles, setting a new Guinness World Record.
The drive was organized by a nonprofit named Crayon Collection to support teachers, education, and the environment. They wanted to relieve the high costs that teachers have to pay out of their own pocket each school year, which can add up to over $900, according to the organization.
To celebrate the record, an artist arranged the crayons in a maze that was slowly taken apart as the supplies were given to the teachers. Kids were also able to help the efforts by bagging crayons and writing notes.
“Today was epic. It was a dream come true to see the face of these teachers have a little relief from all the spending they are forced to do on a daily basis at their schools,” said Crayon Collection’s founder and president, Sheila Morovati. “We’re so proud and honored to serve this community in the way that we did today.”
Thank you, Crayon Collection, and have a great school year, teachers!