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Andrade Donates Soy Crayons to Local Youth Centers

Dec 30, 2014

CHICAGO – In continuing his efforts to prioritize education, state Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, donated 1,000 packs of crayons made from soybean oil to three different early childhood centers in the community earlier this year with the assistance of the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA).

“As our teachers continue to do more with less, and even spend out of their own pockets to stock classrooms for our children, it’s so important that we try our best as a community to lighten that burden,” said Andrade. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to give some of our littlest learners the tools to express their creativity, and I hope that this donation helps in some small way to ease the budget woes many of our schools are facing today.”

These eight-packs of crayons were made from soybean oil, a renewable resource, instead of the traditional petroleum-based paraffin wax. Soy crayons are better for the environment and help support the agricultural industry and over 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois. According to the ISA, Illinois is the leading state in soybean production, and ranked second in the nation for soybean exports.

“In talking with administrators, it’s clear that our schools are working hard year-round to not only make ends meet, but to find creative ways to engage even the youngest students as well,” said Andrade. “By donating these soy crayons, I’m glad to play a small role in giving classrooms the supplies they need, supporting our state’s agricultural economy, and working towards a more sustainable future.”

For more information, constituents can call Andrade’s full-time constituent service office at 773-267-2880 or e-mail