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Pencils for Kids, Inc.

Pencils for Kids, Inc., is making it possible for children in developing countries to go to school – children whose families otherwise might not be able to afford this “luxury.” This nonprofit corporation was founded by Loretta Jitner, who understands that a simple pencil—and the opportunity to learn—can change a child’s life for the better.

In 2009 alone, Pencils for Kids delivered 925 backpacks loaded with pencils, crayons, notebooks, coloring paper, uniform vouchers and more to schoolchildren in Bali and Thailand; the goal for 2010 is 1,300 backpacks.

I’ve had the good fortune to be involved with Pencils for Kids almost since the beginning, writing the text for its website and drafting news releases to help get out the word about this wonderful cause. To learn more, please visit