Zebra Pen Corporation has partnered with USA Today on an initiative to support early childhood education. Early childhood experiences have a deep impact on the rest of a child’s life, and America’s future economic prosperity will ultimately be determined by the success of today’s children. This initiative aims to supply parents, teachers and children with the resources and education to provide children with equal opportunities, so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century.

“Zebra Pen proudly supports early learning goals to build a solid educational foundation for our children and our future,” said Ken Newman, Director of Marketing at Zebra Pen Corporation.

Research shows that children acquire a working knowledge of the alphabetic system through both reading and writing. Moreover, they experience joy and a sense of accomplishment from reading and writing while mastering basic concepts – a strong predictor of achievement. Zebra helps beginning writers by providing easy-to-hold pencils designed for little hands. Pencils with playful patterns and colored lead make learning to write fun and encourage creative expression.

“Zebra offers pens and pencils that make writing fun for beginning learners,” said Newman, “Finding joy and a sense of accomplishment in learning early on builds a strong foundation for life-long achievement in education.”

Zebra Pen is dedicated to providing products for the developing, aspiring and achieving stages of educational development from preschool through college and beyond. Zebra continues to build relationships in education with associations and many educational programs that reflect our vision.

Zebra Pen developed an educational resource with Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that teaches conservation. This resource for teachers includes downloadable lesson plans and activities for ages K-12 grades (www.learnwithzoos.com). Zebra Pen has also been a long time supporter of The Kids in Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need (http://www.kinf.org).

May 2 - 6 is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Throughout May and June we will be celebrating teachers and education with a special We ❤ Heart Teachers promotion. Follow us here to stay up on all the latest: @ZebraPen on Twitter, ZebraPenUS on Facebook, @zebrapen_usa on Instagram.