Making A Difference: Cradles to Crayons Battle of the Schools
Two girls using markers to decorate a big box


At the Cradles to Crayons Battle of the Schools at the Metroplex May Day in Plymouth Meeting on May 18, two schools will walk away with a trophy and a prize of $1,250 — but the real winners will be low income children, ages 0-12, in the Greater Philadelphia region.

"My favorite way we're giving back this year is Cradles to Crayons," said Brody Stump, a student at Conshohocken Elementary. "We have the opportunity to donate to kids who can't buy their own stuff, like school supplies, t-shirts, pants, socks and all of that."

Whitemarsh Elementary School, Plymouth Elementary School, Conshohocken Elementary School, Colonial Elementary School and Colonial Middle School have put their hats in the ring for the Battle of the Schools competition and are collecting new and gently used children's clothing, shoes, books, toys, baby equipment and school supplies.

Click here for the full list of items Cradles to Crayons accepts, including what is most needed now.

"I like it, because we're helping people in need," said Cole Ambs, a first grader at Whitemarsh Elementary School. "I'm bringing in baby clothes, because we have a lot of baby clothes that don't fit our baby brother at home."

At Colonial Middle School, the drive is being run as a joint effort between the Student Council and the National Junior Honor Society.

"We're working together with the rest of the school, because it's important not to just fundraise through one organization or club but to join together for a good cause," said Rayna Handis, Student Council Treasurer and honor society member at the middle school. "I love doing community service and knowing it's going right back into our community."

This is the fifth year for the Metroplex May Day event, which is cohosted by The Goldenberg Group. 

To donate to Cradles to Crayons:

If you'd like to donate to Cradles to Crayons and perhaps help your favorite school win the Battle of the Schools, please drop off your contribution at Conshohocken Elementary School, Whitemarsh Elementary School, Colonial Elementary School or Colonial Middle School between now and May 17 or bring your items to the event at the Metroplex on Friday, May 18, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Making A Difference: Cradles to Crayons Battle of the Schools