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May Inspiring Teen: Abby Neff 

May 04, 2020 12:14PM ● By The Hood Magazine

Meet this month's inspiring teen: Abby Neff  

Age: 17 

School They Attend: Lutheran High School  

What makes this person an inspiring teen?   

 
Abby has provided more than 30,000 recycled crayons and other art and educational materials to an estimated 10,000 children in need in 48 states and overseas. 
 
Abby recalled that many restaurants provide small boxes of crayons to keep youngsters busy while their families eat, and then throw them away. So she called local restaurants and within a few weeks, she had a number of eateries saving their used crayons for her. Abby also created a website and addressed community groups to ask for donations of old crayons. With the help of her younger sister, she sanitized, dried, melted and then remolded the crayons into shapes such as animals, flowers and even robots. She then offered her recycled crayons to hospitals, Boys and Girls Clubs, park programs, and other nonprofit organizations that serve children in need. In addition to her crayons, Abby assembled more than 300 bags filled with science, math, art, reading and technology/engineering activities for children. She also sold her crayons to the public in order to donate the proceeds to charities that focus on art and the environment, and she speaks at schools about recycling and the importance of dreaming big to change the world. 
 
They estimate they have kept 500,000.crayons out of the landfill and #coloredthegap through conservation 
 
If you were to use five words to describe this teen, what would they be?   

Inspirational 
Kind 
Socially aware 
Teacher 
Musically Gifted 


What is one quote that you think describes this teen?   

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." 

 

You can find Abby on Instagram at: @Recycled_rainbows 

 

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