Crayola’s ColorCycle is coming to TG


Dear Toll Gate Families,

I’m excited to tell you about a very special program I’m coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing new program devised to turn used markers into energy!

All around Toll Gate Grammar students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!

Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands. A Drop-off box will be located outside the art room to deposit the markers.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents/guardians like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember; don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!


Ms. Beck

Continue exploring ColorCycle with this cool video –  

The heART of life


The heART of life

The heart shaped crayons that each child will receive on the first day of class are reminders of the individual talents, creative minds, and colorful voices that each child brings to the art room.  It is the students that make up the colors of an art room. As the school year begins, so too do my hopes for our year together.  With that said, I hope you dream big, take risks, play, experiment, ask questions, problem solve, show empathy towards others, and develop a deeper understanding of who you are.

When I was organizing and sorting materials for the upcoming school year I ended up with a bag full of crayons that were, “just too small to use, but too beautiful to throw away”. Reusing, when it comes to materials and ideas, will be something we revisit throughout the year. Using tiny heart shaped molds I began melting crayons and turning my house into a mini crayola factory. What began as small individual broken crayons, when melted formed one. Each heart is unique and special just like each of you! I can’t wait to begin our year together.