Crayons to Classrooms

Rating: 4.92 stars   302 reviews

Address:

1750 Woodman Drive Dayton OH 45420-3639 USA

Mission:

We collect and distribute school supplies at no cost to teachers of students in need.

Target demographics:

get school supplies to students who live at or below the federal poverty level.

Geographic areas served:

the Greater Dayton, OH region.

Programs:

operation of a teacher resource center - also known as a "free store for teachers" or a store without a cash register. Since January 2009 through the 2015-2016 school year, we have provided school supplies that are essential to academic success - at no cost to students' teachers, families, or schools. Over $9.6 in supplies have been distributed to 83 schools during 11,555 teacher "shopping visits." During the 2016-2017 school year, teachers from 90 schools will visit Crayons to Classrooms to pick up free supplies to return to their classrooms and their students who need them.

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937-528-6400
www.dc2c.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

C2C is an exceptional non-profit that helps students get basic needs met when life makes it difficult to do so unassisted. A pencil, something this simple, can empower a student to learn more and transcend into someone who might not otherwise have a chance.

C2C is reaching its milestone of providing over $10 million in school supplies to at-risk schools in our area. Such a milestone requires a dedication to motivating others to give and fulfilling, efficiently, operational needs. They are very good at ensuring their business is run with purpose and strategic - all with a goal of making sure young students in our area can succeed.

I fully endorse this organization and encourage donors to find out more.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My company has supported projects for Dayton Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C) for the past 4 years as part of our annual 'Global Cares Day'...a day set aside to shine a spotlight on Corporate Responsibility and volunteerism. Each year DC2C very carefully analyzes a key need for the community and helps create a project to serve that need. We have assembled: 10,000 test prep kits to help underprivileged children be prepared for standardized tests; 2,000 literacy kits for specific grades to help boost reading proficiency levels for 3rd grade reading; and summer school kits so children can have basic supplies for their summer studies. DC2C's careful analysis of current community needs always seems to be right on point for what will make the biggest impact in these under-funded schools. The proof is in the letters our company receives from teachers and students thanking us for these most basic supplies that have made a really big impact in their lives. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time as you read these letters, written in crayon with personalized artwork from the students. Through my personal experiences, I can unequivocally vouch for the the great work DC2C is doing to help boost the learning experiences of underprivileged children in the Greater Dayton area.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the pleasure of seeing the great work of Dayton Crayons to Classrooms serving the teachers and students throughout our community. We serve many schools in several communities and counties in the Miami Valley area. The teachers are so grateful for the materials. One thing I find especially fun are the donations of materials that are not necessarily school supplies. We receive art, furniture and other donations that we accept. Teachers always find a use for these, they are very creative. The Dayton Crayons to Classrooms staff always find a way to utilize the uncommon materials.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I discovered Crayons to Classrooms about 3 years ago when my corporation adopted them as our charity for the year. What an extremely well run organization! Crayons to Classrooms provides school supplies for teachers and their classroom for underserved schools. They allow teachers that qualify to come to the store to shop two times a year. Each shopping trip values over $600! Imagine the impact that is making on the classrooms for these children! The fundraising is well thought out. They have volunteers from all sectors of the community on a daily basis...from corporate volunteers to individuals and students who are volunteering in order to earn a shopping trip for a teacher that might not otherwise qualify. Excellent program. Well ran. Dedicated to the students and their teachers. Dedicated to educating our youth. Bravo Dayton Crayons to Classrooms!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms is only five years old. I wish we could find a way to let their story/mission be known by the whole community, for right now it's the hidden gem!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The staff and volunteers at Crayons To Classrooms are amazing! The work they do has such a tremendous impact on the lives of students, teachers and families in dozens of schools. They work smart and they work hard, and make the most of the precious resources entrusted to their care.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it and have it grow to help even more people.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing organization that allows teachers from schools with a high percentage of students on the free or reduced lunch program to "shop for school supplies" for their students. The shopping spree is totally free. When I volunteer to help during these shopping visits, I hear comments like "This is just like Christmas" and "I can't believe we are getting all these supplies for free". It is heart-warming to know our students most in need are getting the supplies they need to succeed in school.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Crayons to Classrooms touches the lives of countless educators and children, in ways few of us could imagine. As a board member and administrator for one of Ohio's largest urban districts, I have witnessed how a gift of basic school supplies can transform and energize a classroom of young learners. Since opening their doors in 2009, Dayton Crayons to Classrooms (DC2C) has provided over $2 million in school supplies to teachers of students in need. DC2C is a free resource center for teachers from under-funded K-12 schools serving children who live in poverty in the Miami Valley area of Ohio. In partnership with local businesses, individual donors, and community volunteers, DC2C lifts at-risk children's level and love of learning by providing them the basic school supplies that are essential to academic achievement at no cost to the children's teachers, families, or schools.



When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I work for a public school district, where the vast majority of our students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and teachers use their own money to buy the most basic school supplies so students won't have to do without. Last year Crayons to Classrooms made it possible for educators from 13 of our schools to shop in their free store for teachers. At the end of the school year, our students benefited from those trips with supplies totaling more than $22,000. No other program in our area has done what Crayons to Classrooms has done--they addressed a need that no other agency has filled.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the amazement on the faces of teachers when told to select--at no cost to them--the materials and supplies they need from the fully-stocked shelves in Crayons to Classrooms store. They leave with shopping carts piled high and tears of joy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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