10/2/2012 5:00:00 PM Youth art benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation
Abigail Leonard holds a crayon heart that she made and is selling. All the proceeds from the sales will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Margaret White Elementary School’s National Elementary Honor Society.
Leonard wants to help
Abigail Leonard, a healthy 9-year-old fourth grader at Margaret White Elementary, is selling the the crayon hearts to help a sick child achieve their dream of making a wish come true.
Jaclyn Randall Former Times Editor
BLYTHE - Margaret White Elementary School fourth grader Abigail Leonard is recycling crayons to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS).
Leonard is collecting used crayons and melting them down, with the help of her mother Caroline, and pouring the melted crayons on a cookie sheet with heart shapes. The crayons are poured in with different colors, making each heart one-of-a-kind.
After they have been returned to the oven for another meltdown to adhere the colors to one another and cooled down, the 9-year-old attaches the crayon hearts to a placard and sells them for $1. Half of the proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation while the other half will go to Margaret White NEHS.
After receiving donations of used crayons from Sunshine Preschool and Margaret White, Leonard has been making the hearts since the early part of the summer, and with her mother, sold them door-to-door. Now with school back in session, she is getting the help of Kat Currier at PURSEonalities and various other businesses to help her distribute the crayons.
"I will be doing this fundraiser for as long as people want to support me," said Leonard.
For a crayon heart, stop in at PURSEonalities, located in The Indoor Village Marketplace, Thursday-Sunday. Also, Margaret White Elementary School is accepting donations of used crayons on behalf of Leonard if you wish to donate crayons.