A recycling program is giving new meaning to the term pen pals.
The Pencil Case Project is a project that helps school-aged children and teachers from around the world.
The initiative was started by young people who noticed that a lot of school supplies were being thrown out at the end of the school year. The supplies, still in good condition, could be used to help give children in need a better school experience by providing them with classroom supplies.
Each year, with the help of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, gently used and new school supplies are collected.
Items are collected from schools in Hamilton, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, London and the GTA.
These school supplies are sorted, counted, packaged, and shipped off to a chosen country in a 20-foot container. On average, over 7,000 pounds of material is shipped each year.
Children in the following countries have been assisted over the past ten years: Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Philippines, Rwanda, and Trinidad/Tobago.