Heathrow, Fla. – The company most famous for those yellow No. 2 pencils announces a new loyalty program to put free school supplies into the hands of those who appreciate them most: students. And in today’s economy, parents appreciate that, too.

Dixon Ticonderoga Co., the world’s leading supplier of quality writing and art supplies including Prang Art Markers, is kicking off the nationwide program – Prang Power – today, allowing schools to receive free writing and art supplies in exchange for UPC labels from any Dixon-family product. For details and to participate, teachers can register on Dixon Ticonderoga’s special website, www.PrangPower.com.

Timothy M. Gomez, Dixon Ticonderoga’s CEO, also announced plans to donate up to $150,000 through Prang Power to the Kids In Need Foundation. The nonprofit organization provides free school supplies nationwide to students most in need.

“As a corporation, we are 100 percent dedicated to quality education for our nation’s youth,” Gomez said. “Quality begets quality, and our nation’s classrooms deserve access to our world’s best pencil and other world-class writing instruments like Prang Art Markers. Working with teachers, our goal is to give students the tools they need to succeed.”

Kids In Need Foundation

Prang Power will bolster Dixon Ticonderoga’s longtime support for the Kids In Need Foundation by donating $1 to the organization, up to a total of $150,000, for each administrator or teacher who enrolls in the program through June 1. Simply sign up at www.PrangPower.com and use the promotional code KINF to ensure the registration counts toward a donation.

Since 1995, the Kids In Need Foundation has worked tirelessly to provide free school supplies to children most in need so they are able to learn and succeed. The Foundation’s national network of Resource Centers is comprised of 27 locations that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for students. Additionally, Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to develop innovative learning opportunities for their students.

The Foundation has distributed more than $400 million in school supplies directly benefiting 2.2 million students and 100,000 teachers annually. It also has awarded more than $1.3 million in teacher grants. Because of its strong support for students and learning, Dixon has contributed more than $6.5 million to the Kids In Need Foundation since 2003.

Prang Power is people power

The Prang Power program is open to all educational institutions, school organizations, teachers, administrators and parents. Schools also are encouraged to rally their communities to enroll and contribute UPC labels to benefit specified schools. The more people who enroll and participate, the more schools will benefit.

Here’s how the program works:

1. Clip and collect UPC labels from eligible products, including Ticonderoga, Prang, Dixon, Oriole and Lyra brands. Each UPC label is worth one point per dollar, based on the item’s manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

2. The Prang Power coordinator for your school can then mail the collected UPC labels to be credited to the school’s Prang Power account.

3. Free supplies can be ordered once an account reaches 300 points.

How can teachers and schools earn points quickly? Here are some tips to build up Prang Power points and start getting free school supplies fast.

  • Ask school administration to buy Dixon-family products for your school, then submit UPC labels from those products for free supplies.
  • Add Dixon-family products to classroom supply lists. Make sure parents clip and hold onto the UPC labels when discarding packaging.
  • Start contests in and even between classrooms or school clubs to encourage students to collect the Ticonderoga, Prang, Dixon, Oriole and Lyra product UPC labels.
  • Become a fan of Dixon Ticonderoga Co. on Facebook and Twitter for opportunities to earn bonus points.


“Prang Power is the latest reflection of Dixon Ticonderoga’s longtime commitment to helping education and giving back to our communities,” Gomez said. “We are confident it will strike a chord with others who feel as we do, and that it will be a great success.”

Source: Dixon Ticonderoga Company


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