Saving the Day at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp


The Hole in the Wall Gang CampOn any given day as an S&S associate, I have the profound pleasure of having the opportunity to work with many non-profit organizations that both enrich and enlighten the lives of so many people. One such special customer is The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. This is a camp in Ashford, CT founded by Paul Newman (yes, the Paul Newman) in 1988 in an effort to provide a unique kind of healing through laughter and hope to seriously ill children and their families. The foundation has grown their mission to 9 programs that serve over 30,000 children and families annually, at no charge, throughout the Northeast.

The Camp was holding an extra special program this past weekend, and reached out to us to help fulfill their program needs. Last week, I was given the opportunity to demonstrate our phenomenal customer service and dedication to this customer. This is something that we are empowered to do here as associates in the realm of S&S Worldwide’s “WOW” Culture. Continue reading

Freebie Friday – May 1st


For our Freebie Friday last week, we asked you all to look at a picture of a desk and tell us how many S&S products you could see for a chance to win a $50 E-Gift Card. We were SO impressed with everyone’s answers, many of you really know our products! Below are all of the featured items!


1. Evolution Power Plus Charger
2. Presharpened #2 Pencils
3. Owl Pencil Sharpeners
4. Assorted Sunworks Groundwood Construction Paper
5. Jute Macrame String
6. Ball Mason Jar
7. Post-It Notes
8. Rotary Desk Organizer
9. Small Binder Clips
10. Translucent Push Pins
11. Fine Tip Neon Sharpies
12. Fiskars Softgrip Titanium Scissors
13. Piggy Bank Craft Kit
14. Simon Electronic Carabiner Game
15. Dry-Erase Calendar
16. Side Load Letter Tray
17. Two Pocket Portfolio Folders
18. Day to Day House Blend Single Brew Cups
19. Single Serve Stacking Coffee Baskets

Thanks to everyone who entered! Check back with us every Friday to see what we’ll be giving away for our next Freebie Friday!!

2015 Young Child Expo and Conference


Young child expo 2015Last week we had the pleasure of attending the Young Child Expo in NYC. There were over 1,000 people there to support the efforts of educating young children, many of which we were able to interact with at our S&S booth. We were also fortunate enough to be able to attend some of the inspiring and well respected key note speaker presentations at the conference.

While hosting our booth, I had the pleasure of meeting Temple Grandin, PhD, Professor of the Department of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin had a session which touched on her own experiences with autism.  Her message was that “there needs to be much more emphasis in education on developing a child’s strengths and building up skills the child is good at, and that there is too much emphasis on deficits.” Young Child Expo TempleIn her session Dr. Grandin promoted the book we had on display (which she also signed for us!) titled The Giant Encyclopedia of Science Activities and encouraged attendees to visit the S&S booth to consider it. Dr. Grandin said she recommends this particular book because it promotes fun, creative science projects that children can easily make from inexpensive materials found in most homes. She believes individual activities such as watching television and playing electronic games should be limited and promoting creative group activities is key to building awareness of a child’s strengths and skills.

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Egg Carton Wreath


If you didn’t already know, there are tons of things you can make out of leftover egg cartons. Don’t eat eggs? That’s fine, you can order plain paper egg cartons from us – we really do sell everything your crafty hearts desire (we even sell empty toilet paper tubes, which you may find strange but back in my days as a sales rep, I had a customer who needed thousands of these for her school district)!

Since I am finally in a springy mood over here after a long and dreary New England winter, I chose to use egg cartons to make flowers for a wreath… and wait until you see the finished product… It’s adorable!

Egg Cartons
Acrylic Paint
Burlap Ribbon
Glue Gun
Craft knife
Scrap Cardboard

Start out by tracing two circles on cardboard or another stiff material to create the wreath. Either use scissors or a craft knife to carefully cut out the outer and inner circle. Once this is complete, start wrapping burlap ribbon around the wreath, gluing into place as you go. You may want to wrap the burlap around twice, so you can’t see the cardboard underneath.


To create your flowers, you will need a good, sharp pair of scissors. Cut out about 10-15 flowers (thank you Crafty Kate for your help with cutting these!) Then cut out a thin strip from the egg carton and twirl it into a spiral to place in the center of the flower. Continue reading

Community Cleanup


Oh, Spring! The wonderful feeling of forty-degree weather, snow flurries mixed with light hail, the enticing aroma of trash blossoming on the side of the road: these are just a few signs of the new season. Wait… that doesn’t sound right!

Sure, there’s little we can do about the unseasonable weather, but a few shivers and goose bumps weren’t enough to deter forty ambitious S&S Worldwide associates. Donning neon green vests and wielding trash sticks, my colleagues and I aimed for one goal: Community Cleanup. Together we clean the litter from the streets neighboring our Colchester, CT offices.

community clean up Colchester CT

Yesterday marked S&S Worldwide’s 7th Annual “Clean to the Green” event, led by S&S associate Christopher Karam. “Clean to the Green” has become one of my favorite programs in the five years I’ve worked for S&S. It’s an event to celebrate Earth Week and an opportunity to give back to our community. As someone who grew up in Colchester, being a part of this tradition awards me an extra sense of pride and accomplishment. Continue reading

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