During the 2016-2017 school year, The Pencil Box gave away 54,856 pencils, 9,924 pens, 6,630 spiral notebooks, 5,151 boxes of crayons, 5,116 boxes of colored pencils, 4,486 boxes of markers, 3,275 rulers, 3,192 scissors, 2,494 watercolor paint sets, 1,586 packs of filler paper, 747 backpacks, 545 calculators and more to disadvantaged students and their teachers in 39 Tulsa schools.

The Pencil Box 2016 School Supply Impact Study revealed that access to free supplies was important to 100% of the teachers. Additionally, the study revealed that with the propper supplies, student interest in learning improved 100%, class participation improved 99%, social engagement improved 99%, student preparedness improved 100%, homework completion improved 86%, self-esteem improved 97%, student attendance improved 80% and student behavior improved 96%. One hundred percent of the teachers reported access to free supplies was critically important to their personal budget.

The Pencil Box needs your help. Only through your generous donations were we able to distribute over $245,000 retail value of supplies during the last school year, saving teachers an average of $660 each. And, only with your generous help can we continue to provide supplies to our current schools and grow to serve all the eligible schools in Tulsa County.

We hope you can join us on Friday, October 6, 2017 for the third annual Cocktails for Crayons, the best cocktail party in town, at the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 South Peoria Avenue, Tulsa, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Phil Albert, President of Pelco Structual, Chairman of the 2017 Tulsa Regional Chamber and a University of Oklahoma Regent.

This year’s live auction includes an incredible masterpiece by nationally acclaimed artist Patrick Gordon, a spectacular watercolor by Sarah Sartain, 3 nights and 4 days in Crested Butte at a gorgeous 5-bedroom, 4.5 bath home with stunning mountain views and 2 fireplaces, including roundtrip airfare for two, or a fabulous dinner for 8 guests prepared by Chef Ismael Ortiz at the beautiful home of Victoria and Dewey Bartlett.

Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders, workers and neighbors. Please join us to ensure their successful learning today and hope for tomorrow.