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Haslett High sophomore wants students to have crayons in all sorts of skin colors

Colors 4 Kids
Posted at 4:05 PM, Jun 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-03 18:15:20-04

HASLETT, Mich. —

Even though Natalie Hood is in high school, she isn't too old to enjoy coloring.

Natalie Hood
Natalie Hood is a sophomore at Haslett High School who enjoys playing tennis, traveling and hanging out with friends.

Hood, a sophomore at Haslett High School, said her government class was assigned a civic action project, where they had to choose an issue and come up with a solution.

The issue she chose was making sure school supplies reflected every student.

Hood, a sophomore at Haslett High School, said her government class was assigned a civic action project, where they had to choose an issue and come up with a solution.

“Equitable school supplies are school supplies that come in a variety of skin tones so that every student can feel reflected in their work," Hood said.

But she took it one step farther.

“Instead of just coming up with a plausible solution to the action, I decided I actually wanted to do a fundraiser to try to fix it in the community,” Hood said.

Colors 4 Kids fundraiser
Hood found the Crayola Colors of the World crayon packs and decided to raise money to purchase enough packs for students at Wilkshire Elementary.

She found Crayola crayon packs called Colors of the World that have 24 different skin tones. Hood set a goal to have multiple packs in the 21 kindergarten and first grade classrooms at Wilkshire Elementary School.

Hood set a goal to have multiple packs in the 21 kindergarten and first grade classrooms at Wilkshire Elementary School.

“I think it’s really important that students are able to reflect themselves in their work and I also think it will give students a sense of belonging at school that they may not have had before,” Hood said.

Colors 4 Kids fundraiser
The crayon packs include 24 different skin tone colors.

In addition to the crayon packs, Hood wants to donate three packs of construction paper to each classroom, bringing her fundraising goal to $950.

“The support from the community has been amazing," Hood said. "I’ve been completely blown away.”

What she wasn't expecting was to pass that goal. By a lot.

“We’re right around $2,000 right now which is way more than I expected,” said Hood.

Colors 4 Kids fundraiser
Hood said she hopes adding these crayon packs to every classroom will help students be able to reflect themselves and their peers in their artwork.

With that much, Hood said she can add additional supplies for each classroom and expand to every grade level and work her way through the district.

“I think it’s really important that during art projects and stuff teachers can just get out the crayons and let the kids all color themselves and especially color their peers too," Hood said.

Colors 4 Kids fundraiser
Hood said she wished she had access to these crayons when she was growing up.

She said she wants every kid to feel represented in the classroom through crayons and art supplies.

“It gives the kids a good foundation to build off of for their future,” said Hood.

Colors 4 Kids fundraiser
Hood is collecting donations through Venmo at @colors4kids.

Hood will be collecting donations until June 11. Donations can be made through Venmo to @colors4kids.

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