On the mountainous road between Zaragoza and Sn. Juan Comalapa, is the school that serves five mountains and the deep valleys in-between them. These children climb up to the highway in the cold, dark valleys where strawberries are grown for export. No machines here, but family groups, complete with machetes and dogs, spend their days […]
A new shipment of donated school supplies has arrived in this remote mountain village in the Western Highlands. Each student was given 6 pencils, 3 ink pens, a bottle of glue, a ruler, a box of map colors, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, and a brand new 100-page notebook. Instead of paying to ship heavy […]
The school supplies drive was an initiative of Circle K International of Austin Community College to help The Pencil Project give underprivileged kids in Guatemala the chance to attend school. When this organization heard that it only takes one pencil to help a kid attend school, they didn’t hesitate and started planning a school supplies […]
Last Spring, our founder, Doug Rhodenbaugh, was invited to be a Keynote Speaker at a Community Action Symposium, hosted by Austin Community College. His presentation, “Passion to Action..Organizing Your Vision and Community” was attended by hundreds of young activists, and culminated with an hour-long question and answer session that used The Pencil Project as a model for taking a sincere wish to help…through the planning of a Mission Statement…to a focused group of volunteers in action. Douglas Rhodenbaugh ACC Community Action Symposium presentation Douglas Rhodenbaugh at the ACC Community Action Symposium ACC Students in Action Executive Director for The Pencil Project Read More
Our heartfelt thanks to Kerry Hilton, Executive Creative Director, at HC & B, Inc. for underwriting our winter fundraising campaign. All the donations we receive are used for school supplies and operating expenses such as postage and envelopes. Kerry enabled us to use all the funds we receive for school supplies shipped and purchased on site. Thank you, Kerry! Read More
Dear Friends of The Pencil Project Thankful As we count our blessings this Thanksgiving, I would like to “Thank You” for a wonderful year at The Pencil Project. As emails come weekly from youth groups, school volunteer groups, Brownie troops⎯young American children acting in positive ways to impact their world⎯I want you to see how abundant this project is on both sides of the giving. These photos are from this year’s Summer Mission. Once the shipment reached Guatemala,...