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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

Do you have a teacher that impacted your life that truly changed the way that you see the world?

This week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and as I write this post, I have to pause and reflect on all the fantastic teachers that helped me get to where I am today. One remarkable teacher was Mrs. Flood, my high school English Teacher in Elizabeth City, NC.

I recently learned she passed away. When I heard the news I simply had to do something, this incredible teacher has impacted my life greatly, and because of that I felt the need to donate 100,000 Ticonderoga pencils to my high school in her honor. This week, I had the honor of speaking to the entire high school, to make sure that they understand just how much I appreciate Mrs. Flood for all the things that she did for me.

Teachers, on behalf of your students both past and present, thank you. You are appreciated – each and every day.

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Me at Northeastern High School

 

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Me at Northeastern High School with Mrs. Flood’s Family Members, School Board Representatives, and Ron Payne, Principal of Northeastern High School 

 

Do you Have the Power?

In the past two years, Dixon Ticonderoga Company has given over $30,000 worth of school supplies to teachers through our Prang Power program. If you’re reading this and you’re stumped about what Prang Power is, click here to see my blog post on Prang Power.

Have you signed up for Prang Power yet? If you haven’t, you’re missing out! Currently, almost 100,000 teachers, administrators, and parents are signed up for Prang Power and helping their school earn free school supplies.

Because we want to help even more teachers and schools in need, we’re going to be giving away Prang Power Points. Any current Prang Power Member that signs up their friends, parents, teachers, or administrators as a supporter on Prang Power will earn 5 Prang Power points per new member, up to 50 members. That’s 250 points!

To claim your points, send an email to teachersrock@dixonusa.com with the names and emails of all the new Prang Power members that you would like to sign up!

Dixon Ticonderoga Company Named NASSTRAC Shipper of the Year

Dixon Ticonderoga Company had the honor of being named Shipper of the Year for 2014 by the National Shippers Strategic Transportation (NASSTRAC). This is a great honor to all of us at Dixon Ticonderoga Company, and especially to me, with a background in logistics.

I want to begin by recognizing all of our employees at our Macon, GA warehouse for all the hard work that they put in. The work that goes into receiving the title of Shipper of the Year is truly a team effort. I also should distinguish our core carriers whom we have a close relationship with and are a large reason for our success.

With their help, we were able to save almost over $2.0 million in 2013. The largest impact of this is that we can increase our Community Service support while also passing on consumer savings to our loyal customers. Since 2009, we have also donated almost $5 million to the Kids In Need Foundation in pencils alone and we have been a proud supporter of Kids in Need for over 15 years.

Thank you to everyone who has made this great honor possible for us, and who has in turn helped us to give back.

Introducing the NEW Ticonderoga Shaped Eraser

Hello! My name’s Nancy and I’m with the marketing department at Dixon Ticonderoga Company. Tim asked me to write a guest post for the blog, and I decided to write it on my new favorite product, Ticonderoga shaped erasers, in honor of Rubber Eraser Day on April 15th.

Did you know that tax day is also Rubber Eraser Day? Since you can’t “erase” doing your taxes, we have come out with a new Ticonderoga Pencil Shaped eraser. These are the perfect erasers for everything from tax season to back-to-school season.

They look just like our Ticonderoga pencils, right down to the green and yellow ferrules. Best of all, they’re the same great quality that you have come to expect from the Ticonderoga name.

Our Ticonderoga Erasers are the World’s Best Erasers. They do all the things that an eraser should do, the only difference is we do it better than any other eraser. They erase mistakes completely without tearing through the paper to leave a clear, smudge free writing surface.

Click here to learn more about our Ticonderoga Shaped Erasers now. After all, everyone makes mistakes!

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Pencils in the Digital Age

As CEO of a 218-year-old company, I’ve become somewhat of a student of history – especially when it comes to pencils.  I’ve learned some fascinating facts about communication. Centuries ago, creative herders in England realized that graphite was useful for marking sheep. If you know pencils, you know that it’s graphite, not lead, that is the core of our pencils. By the 19th century, artists such as Vincent Van Gogh were using pencils to create now priceless pieces of art while Ulysses S. Grant sketched strategic battle plans with his. But what is the role of the pencil in the 21st century? Pencils have always been used to communicate information and artistic vision, and now we are joining the digital conversation.

Dixon Ticonderoga Company recently unveiled our new website. Many of you know of our world famous yellow #2 pencil, but did you know that Dixon Ticonderoga Company also has award winning arts & crafts lines consisting of the Prang, Lyra and Das brands? Did you also know that Dixon sells a whole line of industrial marking tools? That we are the #1 solution for customized writing and art supplies in the promotional products industry? Being accessible through the web and social media allows you to learn something new about our company and discover our culture. Yes, we are a 218-year-old company, but besides being historic, we are also innovative, philanthropic, and engaging! All of this information and more can be found by discovering us online.

The role of the pencil is ever changing, as is the role of art instruments. While they continue to be tools of inspiration, sketching, and creating, now the digital world allows you to share that information faster than you ever have before. See what we’re sharing today by checking us out on Twitter and Facebook, and stay tuned to our website. We’d love to have you join the conversation.

Why I Decided to Start a Blog…

What is it like to take over the reins of Dixon Ticonderoga Company, one of the oldest and most historic companies in America? Knowing that your company began 218 years ago and now it is your turn to write the next chapter? It is a tremendous responsibility, yes, but one I welcome because of the difference we make in teachers’ and children’s lives.

After three years as Dixon’s CEO, I have realized something very important. My company is your company.  We are the instrument that helped to write American history—its business success, its literary genius. We are the instrument that helped to write American culture—the words and practices that give us comfort and purpose.  As a company, we can trace our roots back to the revolutionary war.  The founder of our Prang brand, Louis Prang, helped shape American Art Education. We are most likely the first pencil you first wrote with and, if you look in your child’s backpack today, there is a good chance one of our Art or Writing products will be there.

I believe I have a responsibility to you. Dixon Ticonderoga Company must continue to provide the highest quality products to all those who are getting ready to write or paint tomorrow’s history. Our role is to provide the tools that inspire you and the next generation to help you create the next idea to change the world.

This is my journey, passion, and mission. I invite you to join me on the adventure and come back often as I share my passion for giving and offer insight into the world of creativity. In the meantime, keep your pencil sharp.