When contemplating what goes into working at the Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, one doesn't often think of crayons when it thinks of employees and participants in the junior dairy shows at the Fair. For Joel Franke that is one of the many things that will be on his mind during the 11-day run of the 2008 Wisconsin State Fair, Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 10 in West Allis.
Franke, the overnight junior dairy supervisor for the Fair, is challenging Junior Dairy exhibitors to bring boxes of crayons to the Fair for donation to elementary schools in the Milwaukee School District. The idea came to Franke after speaking with a teacher who worked in the Tommy Thompson Youth Center at the 2007 Wisconsin State Fair who shared that she had purchased crayons for her students, because all students are not fortunate enough to have the resources to secure all the supplies they need.
"If the Junior Dairy participants who are able to bring boxes of crayons to help our other youth in need, I think their Fair experience will be that much more memorable and rewarding," Franke said. "I don't think there is any better feeling than knowing you were able to provide a little help to someone less fortunate than yourself and if I can help our kids experience that feeling and we can help others that will be very rewarding."
Those wishing to contribute crayons are encouraged to bring them to the Fair and drop them off to Joel Franke, the overnight Junior Dairy supervisor, or to the Juneau County display in the Dairy Barn.