South Brunswick High School Students Collect Crayons For Local Children's Hospital

L to R: Sabrina Ray, Riley Elia, Dario Epifania, Riley Ratcliffe, Chelsea Eltringham, Jared Budhu Credits: Submitted photo

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - In our world today, children are limited in the ways they can express themselves.

Art is one of the few options that had held throughout the generations. It is a simple way children can be boundlessly creative and produce something they are proud of.

The best part is, giving children this opportunity can be as easy as providing them with just a few crayons and a sheet of paper.

Sign Up for E-News

With this is mind, SBHS student volunteers along with art teachers Cassandra Stedina and Laurie Budhu are hosting, for the third year, its successful Krayons for Kids fundraiser, benefitting the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson.

This hospital helps families and children through the toughest times in their lives.

In the process, one of their many goals is to make the hospitalization experience as welcoming and enjoyable to the children as possible.

Studies show that even a simple distraction from stressful situations can improve the overall health and attitude of a child.

To do so, Robert Wood provides their young patients with coloring books and crayons. Not only does this make them feel like a normal kid, but it also allows them to express and enjoy themselves in a tough setting. At SBHS, we encourage creation in our everyday activities, by designing bulletin boards, posters, homecoming floats, and more.

The volunteers, therefore, want to help the hospital in its mission, so we did this by creating the Krayons for Kids fundraiser.

We are asking for donations of unused or unopened coloring books and crayons to donate to the hospital. This fundraiser will be held throughout the entire month of March in the high school.

There will be donation boxes located throughout the school in various areas such as the main entrance and outside grade level offices. In addition, donation boxes will be available at the SB District Student Art Gallery on March 23, so while you enjoy our students’ art, you can give this joy to other children who need it as well.

Last year, in addition to crayons and coloring books, we accepted monetary donations which allowed us to purchase a number of other items that were in demand in the hospital such as baby mobiles, Lego sets, and Xbox games.

The children especially enjoyed the 55 crayon boxes and 33 coloring books collected.

Art is a powerful tool that allows children to communicate and develop.

Using coloring books and crayons during hospitalization enables children to remember what it is like to just be a kid and enjoy every moment.

The donations we receive will help children at Robert Wood more than we could ever imagine. Any amount of donation makes a difference, so we are grateful for each one.

They will put smiles on the faces of children who need it, and help to make their experience at Robert Wood as positive as possible.

Please donate so you can give the gift of art to the amazing children at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital.

(Editor’s Note: Sabrina Ray is a student at South Brunswick High School)

Did you like this story?

Give us your feedback at or and click here to support local news.

If you did like it, please share with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter, and don't forget to "Like" our Facebook Page!

Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android - Click here for iOS .

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

South Brunswick-Cranbury

Upcoming Events

Sun, April 29, 2:00 PM

Otto Kaufman Community Center, Skillman

Relax, Rejuvenate, Renew

Health & Wellness


Sat, May 5, 9:00 AM


Color Me Run to End Domestic Violence

Sat, May 5, 8:00 PM

Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood

New Jersey Ballet's An Evening of Romance and ...

Arts & Entertainment

South Brunswick and Cranbury Police Blotter

August 9, 2017

Sponsored by Reilly's Collision Center in Monmouth Junction. Click here and scroll down for the latest updates and alerts from South Brunswick and Cranbury Police.

See the most recent messages from South Brunswick Twp Police Department, powered by Nixle.

Hospital ER Expands as Caseload Jumps to More than 100,000 Annually

April 24, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK - More than 100,000 patients come through the emergency department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, up from the approximately 40,000 cases that came through the doors less than 20 years ago.


"Spaces that were designed for one patient now have had two," said Dr. Robert Eisenstein, the hospital chief of emergency care. Obviously the number of ...

New Brunswick Water Department Workers Guilty in Scheme Costing City $500,000

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Two city Water Department employees have pleaded guilty to charges of falsely reducing water to about 50 different properties in exchange for bribes, costing the city about $500,000, state officials announced.

Joseph “Gordo” DeBonis, 55 of Toms River, a suspended senior account clerk, and William “Billi” Ortiz, 56, of North Brunswick, a meter ...

Gun-wielding suspect drives robbery victim to bank with two young children in tow

NEW BRUNSWICK - Rutgers police are investigating a lunchtime robbery on Tuesday in front of Campbell Hall, 617 George St., on the College Avenue campus, which involved two young children and a trip to a Somerset Street bank.

The victim, who is affiliated with Rutgers University, reported that he was walking near Campbell Hall dorm at 12:30 p.m. when a vehicle, ...

Op-Ed: New Jersey’s Out-of-Network Bill is a huge blow to the middle-class

April 11, 2018

As Trenton currently looks to balance the budget, once again it’s our state’s hardest working citizens who will be left holding the bag. This time, though, it will be the hardworking office and ancillary staff from our small business private medical practices.  A bill called “The Out-of-Network Consumer Protection Bill” A-2039/S-485 looks poised to make ...

Reps. Watson Coleman, Pallone, Sires and Espaillat Lead Introduction of Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

April 24, 2018

Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) joined co-sponsors Congressmen Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) to announce The Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2018. This legislation would overturn an outdated 1986 law to build a framework of commonsense standards for handgun gun ownership in the United States by creating a federal licensing and ...

High School, College Students Sought For County Youth Conservation Corps

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - Middlesex County is looking for high school and college students who want to improve and protect our environment and don’t mind lifting, bending, and getting dirt under their fingernails.

Applications are now being accepted for the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps, whose mission is to protect and preserve the more than 8,000 acres of Open Space ...