Clements/Parsons Elementary student recycles used markers, crayons through pageant program

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COPPERAS COVE, Texas – As teachers cleaned out their classrooms for summer, Clements/Parsons Elementary third grader and reigning Junior Mister Five Hills Nathan Garner took advantage of the opportunity to save Mother Earth.

Nathan collected cardboard boxes, wrapped them in green paper to ensure they were pleasing to the eye, and attached flyers. He delivered the boxes to all Copperas Cove Independent School District campuses encouraging staff members to save their used markers and broken crayons to donate to Crayola’s ColorCycle program.

Crayola operates a program called ColorCycle, which uses a process to convert markers to energy – a process repurposing the entire marker, regardless of the different kinds of plastic or how they are assembled. All brands of plastic markers, not just Crayola markers, are accepted. This includes dry erase markers and highlighters. The company will also accept all brands of broken crayons.

Nathan delivered the boxes at the beginning of the last week of school. Within a couple of days, Copperas Cove Junior High School had already filled its first box. By the end of the week, CCJHS has called again for another pick-up and so had staff members at Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy.

Nathan will visit all Copperas Cove ISD campuses throughout this week before they close for the summer months. To date, Nathan has collected hundreds of markers and crayons and will continue the project indefinitely as part of the platform of service through the Miss Five Hills Scholarship Program.

Nathan is also a Boy Scout, and is active in the Leave No Trace Project – where Scouts are encouraged to leave the outdoor wilderness in the same condition as when they arrived for camping trips, hikes, plant and wildlife studies, and more.

Used markers and broken crayons may be dropped off at the CCISD Administration Building, located at 408 S. Main Street, or arrange to have them picked up by emailing

Source: Copperas Cove Independent School District

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