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Supporting Graphic Arts Education with Printing Industry Midwest’s Paper Drive

Karen Weil

IWCO Direct is committed to finding ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle to help our industry and our planet. We work with our clients, suppliers, and business partners year-round to ensure we are always considering the environment and that we print responsibly across our platform.

Fall brings with it a special opportunity to give back to the community by sharing resources with teachers. We have been donating paper to the Printing Industry Midwest (PIM) Paper Drive for the past ten years. PIM members donate paper to support the needs of teachers from schools across the Midwest. These paper supplies support printing, graphic arts, art classes, and other school projects. One recipient noted that donated paper has been used for stage productions, as well.

This year, we are honored to be one of the 18 companies that are helping hundreds of teachers and thousands of students through this PIM tradition. I’ve often received thank you notes from students and teachers. One reads, “Your donation helps printing and graphic arts classes continue at Luverne High School.”

How the PIM Paper Drive Lets Schools Do More

This year, approximately 350 teachers took part, some driving up to four hours to collect the free paper. One of those teachers was Melanie Kennedy from Columbia Heights High School in Columbia Heights, MN. She sent this message, along with a few photos, to all the paper donors that participated in the 2019 PIM Paper Drive:

Thank you so much for your generous donation of paper. My high school science students have already utilized some of this paper to create various posters to show their understanding of the course material. I appreciate being able to give my students opportunities to be creative in this way and couldn’t do this without your help. I’ve attached some of their work for you to view.

Photos of a school hallway decorated with drawings and writings made on paper donated during the 2019 PIM Paper Drive

A hallway at Columbia Heights High School is decorated with drawings and writings made on paper donated during the 2019 PIM Paper Drive.

It warms my heart that we can be part of an environmentally friendly process by repurposing paper, one of the most renewable resources, as well as giving back to the teachers who are shaping the leaders of tomorrow through the PIM Paper Drive. My thanks to all of the teachers!

link https://www.iwco.com/blog/2019/10/25/printing-industry-midwest-pim-paper-drive/
Karen Weil

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Karen Weil

Director of Procurement and graduate of Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University, Mankato). Bringing the “together we can achieve excellence” philosophy to IWCO Direct for more than 15 years and the direct marketing industry for nearly 35. Favorite award or recognition: Raising three terrific boys. Enjoys photography, reading, and watching Minnesota Wild, Gopher Hockey, and Minnesota Loon games.

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