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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Exciting news from No Crayon Left Behind:

Max & Erma’s on Cochran Road has come on board!

The words “thank you,” and “I’m so grateful/appreciative/psyched/excited” are probably starting to sound redundant on this website… but that doesn’t make them any less true! We feel so fortunate to be expanding literally by the day.  Our newest restaurant partner is another Max & Erma’s, and Lisa didn’t hesitate at all to agree to get involved. As with everyone I’ve ever dealt with at
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Our Newest Eat’N Park is in Mars, PA!

With so many Eat’N Park locations, we are psyched to be partnering up with this great organization. The potential volume of crayons that can be salvaged and donated to kids in need is tremendous.  Pamela, of the Mars location, was so eager to get on board with us, and feels that our organization is exactly the kind of charity their company would like to
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Max & Erma’s Launches Our Expansion to Monroeville!!

Welcome to Max & Erma’s, of Monroeville. They’re our first participant in this new territory, and we couldn’t be happier to have them. Max & Erma’s is a great family restaurant with a cool, fun energy.  Apryl Watson so completely understood our mission from the moment I spoke with her, and was incredibly supportive.  These kinds of conversations are so motivating. We look forward
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A FABULOUS QUOTE from Hugh MacLeod

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.”

Eat’N Park Joins Our Program!

Had great conversations with BJ and Jay, managers of the Washington and Canonsburg locations, respectively. Eat’N Park is a great restaurant for families. Kids love the smiley cookies, and parents love the prices, and the wait staff are always friendly. We are really excited to welcome what we hope are the first of many Eat’N Park restaurants to our program. A lot of kids
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Restaurants in Cranberry Twp Still Going Strong!!

Stopped by most of our Cranberry Twp restaurants today to make collections, and was not disappointed. Lone Star Steakhouse, one of our newest participants, had a huge bag waiting for us.  Bravo Cucina, as always, also had a big bag of crayons.  And thanks to Perkins, Max & Erma’s, and Quaker Steak n Lube, who all had significant numbers of crayons to donate today. 
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Website Launches!!

Though we’ve been doing this work for over a year and a half, the web development took a little bit longer.  Just as we have big plans for the organization itself, we have similar visions for this site. One day we hope to have interactive creative games for kids, as well as a great gallery filled with crayon art made by our future visionaries.
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Found a really important friend at Atria’s in Wexford!

Stan was the manager of the very first restaurant, Red Robin in Cranberry Twp, to participate in our program. More than that, I was actually sitting at that restaurant when I came up with the idea for this organization. I was really bummed when I heard he had left the Red Robin company, but I just found him again at Atria’s on rte. 19
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Welcome to Bravo Cucina, McKnight Road

Welcome to John, Patrick and the rest of the crew at Bravo Cucina, a fabulously delicious and generous Italian eatery.  You can stop by, say hello, and thank them for their awesomeness at: 4976 McKnight Road  Pittsburgh, PA 15237.

We’ve teamed up with The Education Partnership!!

The Education Partnership rocks! This non-profit provides FREE school supplies to the most financially challenged public schools in the Pittsburgh area.  Through our joint venture, NCLB is now able to distribute crayons directly to the most needy young students.  Our goal for the year — to provide 150,000 crayons!!