Dixon Ticonderoga Company commits to equity in education as presenting sponsor of Kids In Need Foundation’s National Network of Resource Centers

Roseville, Minn. (March 30, 2021) – Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national nonprofit dedicated to providing free school supplies and resources to the country’s most underserved schools, is proud to announce that Dixon Ticonderoga Company will be the presenting partner of its National Network of Resource Centers in 2021. As a part of its celebration of National Pencil Day today, Dixon Ticonderoga Company has committed to donating over $1 million in essential school supplies in 2021 to under-resourced teachers and students through KINF and its National Network of Resource Centers.

Since 2003, Dixon Ticonderoga Company has donated over $12.7 million in school supplies through KINF, including more than $1.1 million in 2020, a year when the need for resources in underserved schools was at an all-time high. 

“We are proud to have Dixon Ticonderoga Company and their many iconic Brands as the presenting partner of our National Network of Resource Centers,” said Corey Gordon, CEO of KINF. “While most teachers and students across the country learned remotely for the 2020-21 school year, the teachers we serve, working in the most under-resourced schools nationwide, have continued to emphasize the need for basic school supplies for their students. This partnership will provide the essential supplies needed for success in the classroom for underserved schools.” 

KINF’s National Network of Resource Centers is comprised of more than 40 mission-driven organizations throughout the U.S. From Seattle to Miami, the Network partners with schools that have a high percentage of students participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and their educators to help meet the specific needs within their local communities. Collectively, KINF and its Network serve more than 5 million students and 200,000 teachers each year.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Kids In Need Foundation and to become the presenting partner of their National Network of Resource Centers,” said Steve Boyea, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Kids In Need Foundation exists because they believe every child in America should have equal opportunity and access to a quality education.  We share those values and hope our donation of essential school supplies will help make a difference in the lives of the teachers and students who need them most.”

In addition to the iconic Ticonderoga pencil, Dixon Ticonderoga Company produces the finest art papers, premium art supplies, craft essentials and more via their Brands like Prang, Fadeless, and UCreate. Through partnerships with organizations including the KINF, Dixon Ticonderoga Company continues to encourage and support kids and teachers every day. 

For more information about KINF and its mission, visit www.kinf.org

About Kids In Need Foundation

Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a nonprofit organization that believes every child in America deserves equal opportunity and access to a quality education, provides the support and tools needed for teachers to teach and learners to learn. By providing essential school supplies, distance learning resources, and other classroom items in high-demand, KINF partners with teachers in underserved schools to ensure students are prepared to learn in the classroom. Through its programs and National Network of Resource Centers, comprised of more than 40 mission-driven organizations nationwide, KINF is able to serve an estimated 5 million students, 200,000 teachers and provide over $100 million in product each year at no cost to schools or teachers. For more information, visit KINF.org, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: @KidsInNeed.

 About Dixon Ticonderoga Company

At Dixon Ticonderoga Company, we enable students, thinkers, and artists to transform their vision into reality. We do this because we believe creativity can change the world. This is why we produce the world’s best pencil, the finest art papers, premium art supplies, craft essentials, and more…to give everyone the tools and confidence to put pencil to paper, make that first brush stroke or share their ideas. Dixon Ticonderoga Company. The Catalyst of Creativity. Learn more at https://dixonticonderogacompany.com/