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Crayons to Classrooms

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Primary & Elementary Schools, Secondary & High Schools

Mission: We secure and distribute school supplies at no cost to teachers of students in need.

Results: Since opening to eight pilot schools in January 2009 through February 2017, we have distributed over $12.2M in supplies during 13,730 teacher shopping visits to teachers from 90 schools.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 schools and 30,000 students

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.

Community Stories

338 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first time visiting the Crayons to Classroom store...it was amazing! It's hard to believe that something like this exists for educators and schools. The supplies I received would have costs at least $200.00!

The customer service was just as great as the shopping spree (LOL). What a wonderful and supportive idea for teachers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came here two days ago and left very pleased. The materials were great, ranging from simple classroom supplies (pens, pencils, markers) to classroom decoration. As a music teacher, I was able to get decoration that will be used during my winter concert. How exciting and helpful! Thank you Crayons to Classrooms for making this possible.

Meagan M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came here for the first time last week. It was like a dream come true! I cannot begin to express how beneficial these "shopping trips" are to our students! These materials are greatly appreciated by students and teachers alike as they help our school run smoothly. I love being able to supply my students in need. A HUGE thanks to the volunteers and donors for doing great things for the community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just took my first "shopping trip" here yesterday. It was AMAZING! I was able to find resources for my teaching, supplies for my students, and even decorations for my room. There was a much larger selection of things than I expected, and I came out of the store with a cart full of useful, needed supplies and materials for my room. Thank you for helping supply my students with more of the things they need to be successful.

Annie E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot thank CtoC enough. They help my students in ways they cannot imagine and each shopping trip is easy and fun thanks to the volunteers! Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to classrooms has given me the opportunity to provide students with everyday tools and materials to help in the learning process. Yoobi allowed me to send home supplies such as crayons, rulers, and scissors, so that students could use these on their homework assignments. I feel fortunate to be part of something that is so helpful to our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an extraordinary organization that benefits both educators and students. I am able to utilize items for my classroom as well as provide for students that otherwise would be without supplies. The "Yoobi" box is amazing. Students get their own pouch of supplies to take home. This works well for homework assignments. I appreciate all of the organizations that make the donations and am glad to have the opportunity to be a part of something that helps so many.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to Crayons to Classrooms for the first time this year. It was a wonderful experience, and the people staffing it were very helpful. Through people's generous donations, i was able to bring things back to my class that we began using right away. There were books that specific students really enjoyed, teaching books, art materials, seasonal decorations, and all kinds of odds and ends that we are enjoying. I brought all the "goodies" back to my class, and we unpacked the treasures together, which was a very fun experience. We sent thank you notes to four donors, and we truly thank those of you who donate your money and your time to make this experience possible. I teach in a school where all the students are one free lunch, and we are glad to receive donations of things to use with our students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been shopping at Crayons to Classrooms for several years now. If it were not for this wonderful store, I would be purchasing supplies out of my own pocket. I teach 2nd grade in more then half of my class cannot afford to purchase supplies. So far this year I have purchased 200 pencils out of pocket for my students. I can't even get copy paper from my district, so I get my own class supplies from the store. I love this place! Keep up the great work, us teachers need you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After over 20 years in the for-profit arena working in distribution and manufacturing, I had the opportunity to join Crayons to Classrooms in February 2016 as its Operations Manager.

Having never worked in the non-profit sector, I had no real idea what to expect, except the mission of the organization really piqued my interest. My experience has been wonderful, for two reasons.

First, the mission. To be able to use my experience and professional knowledge to help local teachers, and with that, have a positive impact on local students has been extremely rewarding. Knowing that what I do each day at Crayons to Classrooms helps enhance the lives of these people is exceedingly fulfilling.

Second, the staff. I have never worked with such a positive, encouraging, and helpful group. From the Executive Director, Steve Rubenstein, to the employees, to all the volunteers, it is great to come to work each day and be involved with such a tremendous crew.

I look forward to many more years with this organization and helping it to continue to grow and fulfill its mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Crayons to Classrooms. Twice a year, I am able to go and get a variety of great supplies that I otherwise would not be able to provide my students, from essential school materials to prizes to decorations. It is a wonderful community resource and I am so grateful to them for all they do for our schools.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always enjoyed shopping at Crayons to Classroom. The volunteers are always helpful and friendly. This saves tremendously on my pocket book and I am forever gratitude to those who help me supply my classroom.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first began teaching in Dayton, I was new to the area. I often drove to school through the area neighborhood and was shocked by the number of students walking the streets to and from school. I quickly began to recognize different school uniforms and being able to identify which school students were attending based on their uniform. The one thing I couldn't make sense of, was why so many students had the same backpack. I figured it must be some cultural trend I was unfamiliar with, but every day I noticed many students carrying the exact same pack. A few weeks later, I was fortunate to visit Crayons to Classrooms to get supplies for my classroom. While there I was given several backpacks that matched the ones I saw every day. It then dawned on me, all the children I see out on the streets, either walking home or catching public transit, aren't carrying the backpacks because they are part of trend. Instead, these are children, that without the services of Crayons to Classrooms would be walking without a backpack. It is very obvious to see the impact of this service, just driving through neighborhoods in our community. This organization makes a difference, not just in my building, but on the community as a whole.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience at Crayons to Classrooms! Last year was my first opportunity to shop, and I very much appreciated all the items that were available to me. So often school employees are using their own funds to purchase materials to use in the classroom. It was such a blessing to be able to go and get things at no cost to myself or my district. The people were so pleasant as well. The whole experience was amazing. Thanks to all of the volunteers/workers and donors!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classroom have been an exceptional resources for my classes. It provides students who come to school with no supplies or run out and parents may not be able to replace them in a timely fashion. They have a wonderful staff and always have items that we need and beyond for the classroom.

Bernetha Pulliam-Ruskin 1st Grade Teacher

Christa M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayon to Classrooms is by far the most wonderful resource that I have ever had access to in my 20+ years in education! The staff are very friendly and helpful. The resources that are available for my students were just amazing. It may sound simple , but my students are so happy to have notebooks, spiral paper, pencils, and other basic classroom supplies. As their teacher, I am thrilled to be able to help provide them by shopping at Crayons to Classrooms every semester. I am so grateful for this wonderful resource provided by our community!
Thank you!!

Ruth W.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

To say I was excited is an understatement. Crayons to Classrooms had everything I needed for my students and classroom from supplies to incentives. I can't wait for my next trip. It's amazing what the donors and volunteers do for the area schools/children in need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is AMAZING. The volunteers are helpful, kind and polite. I can honestly say that without Crayons to Classrooms there would be schools and classrooms that go without, which in turn means our future will go without. This may seem small and pointless to some but the need for pencils, paper, folders, book bags is huge and is there all year long. The fact that we can visit a place be provided with sooo many options is a relief.

THANK YOU Crayons to Classrooms for what you do. My students will benefit and the smiles on their faces will be great to see. :)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks to the generous donations I receive from Crayons to Classrooms I can provide my students with the basics that they otherwise would not have. Simple things like pencils, hand sanitizer, paper, notebooks, binders and more are so very important. The staff is always friendly and helpful. They take a real interest in what's going on in the classroom and provide resources like readers for the classroom and STEM packs. Thank you for all you do. I certainly do appreciate and value you!.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach inner city kids. Many of them come from families that often do not have the means to provide the necessary school supplies at the beginning of and throughout the school year. Crayons to Classrooms plays an important role in meeting those needs by providing me with shopping opportunities. The donations I receive are so very important, needed, and very much appreciated. The various people and companies who generously donate to Crayons to Classroom may never fully understand how thankful my students and I are as a result of their contribution to our classroom. Crayons to Classrooms put valuable resources in the hands of teachers who pass them along to students. I can't thank them enough for the service they provide and the resources they make available.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just love Crayons to Classrooms. This program has helped me provide much needed supplies to students in my classrooms. I have been able to bless students in need in more classrooms than just my own due to the wide array of supplies that I have been able to get through this program. I am always amazed at the materials that they are able to provide to area teachers. My cousin is jealous because there isn't a program like this in her area!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first time at Crayons to Classrooms I was a first year teacher spending copious amounts of my own money to make sure my students had the basics (pencils, paper, etc.).Visiting Crayons to Classrooms was nothing short of magical. I left with these items, but also decorations, books, and art supplies for student projects. I have been going every semester since then and I cannot thank Crayons to Classrooms enough for the way they support my students!