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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 August 2020, we have distributed over $20M in supplies during 17,000+ teacher shopping visits to teachers from over 100 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 when we opened our doors to 8 pilot schools in Dayton and through today, we have provided school supplies that are essential to academic success - at no cost to students' teachers, families, or schools. As of February 2018, over $15M in supplies have been distributed throughout 100 schools in the Greater Dayton Region during 17,000+ teacher "shopping visits."

Community Stories

411 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Bobbi Allen-Harewood M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There is nothing but good things to say about Crayons to Classroom. I have been able to stock my Classroom with much-needed school supplies for my students. Most of my students need an extra something to get them motivated. Crayons to Classroom supplies that motivation, and they do not have to worry about not being prepared. Thank you for the excellent service you provide.
Ms. B. Harewood - Social Studies Instructor

Nicky M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an absolutely amazing experience. The volunteers are so friendly and helpful, the supplies you receive is nothing short of awesome, and the donors are extremely generous. I am grateful to live in Dayton and be able to have this wonderful opportunity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I came in for my first shopping trip I didn't know what to expect. I was amazed at not only the selection but also but the amount I was able to take for my classroom! I am so excited about coming again and getting more for back up when we come back to face-to-face teaching!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped be make sure I have enough supplies for all of my students. Such a wonderful organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a true Dayton Gem! From the volunteers that help you during your visit, to the donors that help supply our classrooms; it's a fantastic experience. The help we receive in getting materials for our students and our classrooms is very much appreciated!

L.Sanner

Leslie D.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My scholars are from an urban area in Ohio that was an urban hub at one time, the area that we are in is not so great and a lot of my students came to school the first day with no supplies. I have some supplies at the beginning of the school year but quickly run out in the first three weeks. Thanks to Crayons to Classrooms and their amazing donors I am able to shop twice a year for free and get my scholars the supplies they need to get the chance to learn they deserve.

Geanna H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crayons to classroom is an excellent resource for Dayton area teachers. I am able to stock my classroom with supplies without dipping into my wallet. In addition, I am able to help students in my school have supplies that their families cannot afford. Also, I am able to help other teachers in my school have classroom supplies that they can use in their subject area or grade level. I utilize this resource often for my classroom and school's needs, and I would recommend this opportunity to all teachers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was not my first experience at Crayons to Classrooms and I CERTAINLY hope it is not my last. I absolutely love "shopping" here. The people who work at the facility are always extremely helpful and friendly. Not only am I able to get supplies and resources for my second graders, I get great ideas I can implement in my classroom. The store is clean and very well organized. Shelves are continuously restocked. Everything is labeled and the shopping checklist is laid out with the flow of the store. I look forward to my Crayons to Classroom visits. Thank you so much for all you do to provide this valuable resource to teachers! 2nd grade teacher Mad River Local Schools Riverside

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful blessing to teachers in the Dayton area. My students are very blessed to receive the donations that are available at this nonprofit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so excited to learn about Crayons to Classroom last year! They offered many exciting things for a teachers and students. My students needed a composition notebook, pencils and paper the most. I loved getting supplies for projects, office supplies and seasonal items to create a welcoming environment. Thank you all for your support!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered the past few years and have a great time working with others doing many of the same chores I did in my own classroom. Besides enjoying being a volunteer I've had the opportunity to earn hours toward shopping trips for current classroom teachers. The teachers who come to shop find many items they can use to help their students learn important concepts but also earn rewards for doing their best work. This helps teachers accomplish so much more with students and makes a difficult job much more pleasant. Thank you for providing such a valuable program!

Craig T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In knowing of the time and money that most K-12 teachers "invest" in their students. It is truly a pleasure to know that Crayons to Classrooms provide support materials as a simple way to help these teachers. I love that they provide a way for service clubs in the area to contribute to that support by making special items that local teachers can acquire. It is a pleasure to volunteer some time with them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was such a rewarding experience to volunteer with Crayons to Classrooms. The work they do for our community can't be matched.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dayton Crayons to Classrooms is a fantastic organization, serving teachers in under-funded schools by providing critical classroom supplies at no charge. The students across our local communities truly benefit by having the pencils, crayons and other classroom necessities to help them succeed. Crayons to Classrooms has shown great adaptability during the COVID-19 pandemic, flexing to provide backpacks and take-home supplies for students so they are equipped to learn in their home environments. Truly a wonderful organization deserving of our community support!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach in an urban school setting and a 100% student participation in the free and reduced lunch program. Crayons to Classrooms has been of tremendous assistance in helping me to provide for my students' basic school supplies from pencils to science resources for experiments. Because of Crayons to Classrooms, the stress of shortages in classroom supplies is eliminated. I encourage my students to be appreciative and use what they provide responsibly because it takes the generosity of great donors to keep us supported.

SJ B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a new teacher in a barely-funded charter school, I was overwhelmed by the financial needs for my classroom. How was I supposed to provide effective lessons without supplies? Luckily, a colleague at my school referred me to Crayons to Classrooms! Through their amazing program, I was able to shop twice, and I also volunteered with my family at their store in order to earn an additional shopping trip. Each shopping trip valued over $1,200 in supplies for my classroom. C2C truly made my first years of teaching so much easier though their donations. I've been shopping with them every year since 2012!

Fast forward three years later, the Memorial Day tornados devastated my community. Our district was contacted by Crayons to Classrooms who hosted a "Stuff the Bus" supply drive for our community AND donated 1,500 backpacks stuffed with supplies to every, single student in our district. They also gave each teacher impacted by the tornados an additional shopping trip before the year started to make sure the teachers were prepared for the year.

Crayons to Classrooms is truly about supplying students and teachers with the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom. They have truly been a lifesaver for students and teachers within my community and the greater Dayton area.

Cyndi Dwyer P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very gracious staff and volunteers. Bright, cheerful space with plenty of room to display items and move around with a cart. The supplies are useful and encouraging. The whole procedure to sign up and shop is communicated well and very organized. i always have a great experience there! I'm so grateful to have this resource in our community!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for all you have done for the students and staff of Dayton Public Schools! Through your commitment to us; students receive supplies that would not have been given otherwise and teachers are able to use their finances to provide other services needed by our students.

You are appreciated!

Kellie S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

C2C has become a solid member in the educational community. Their support of students and teachers in need throughout the area is invaluable. C2C is constantly gathering data from the teachers and schools to better serve the clientele and their needs. The materials provided are needed and greatly appreciated. I have been able to provide opportunities to my students that I normally would not have been able to. The generosity of supporters is amazing, the volunteers are to be commended for always being helpful and supportive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons 2 Classrooms is an amazing organization! Very well organized, clean facility, very friendly workers, always a great experience. My district is in a trial period, so I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to shop twice this year and I sincerely hope that our district will become a permanent member of this organization. Love everything about Crayons 2 Classrooms!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello!! I am a teacher in the Trotwood-Madison School District in the upper elementary at Westbrooke Village! Donations made have made it possible to provide for my students and not have them feel left out if they don't have the required materials needed for school. It helps them feel more included. Pencils magically grow feet and run away around here, and having extra supplies is such a big help without having to spend my own money. Donations are appreciated more than words can describe! Huge THANKS!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms has given me the freedom as a classroom teacher to have all the supplies needed to make my room fully functional. Prior to the gift of Crayons to Classrooms I was limited in my spending because the bulk of the expenses was used to purchase the day to day supplies. Because of Crayons to Classrooms I now have the freedom to spend my own money on other essential classroom tools to help my students function at their best.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is a great resource to make my classroom complete!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Ms.Drake and I teach special education at Snyder Park Elementary School in Springfield. I have visited Crayons-to-Classrooms twice and plan to visit again next semester. Walking into the store is a wonderful experience. The volunteers are welcoming and helpful. The amount of supplies from the donors is overwhelming! They provide a large variety of items to meet various needs. We are so grateful to Crayons-to-Classrooms for their continued support! Thank you to everyone involved!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yesterday, I was able to obtain school supplies for students at Roosevelt Middle School in Springfield, Ohio. I appreciated their organization and ease of moving through the store. I was given a clipboard with a sheet that contained all of the available supplies. Since there is a limit, I had to mark what I took. After I was finished, I gave the paperwork back to the front desk and was able to leave with all kinds of wonderful supplies for students and teachers.

Thank you so much for all that you do for teachers in the Miami Valley area. Having this resource saves money for teachers that work in school districts that don't always have the resources necessary.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for this great experience. My students and my school have enjoyed the things i got from shopping at Crayons -to Classrooms.
Ms.Womack
Richard Allen Schools
Science Teacher 5th &6th Grade

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the wonderful privilege to shop at C2C for the last 10 years. It has been an amazing opportunity to supply my students with materials to complete school work, home work and really great art projects! I have also been able to receive books that have aided in my professional development and books to add to our classroom library. My students have been able to receive new books and a variety of trinkets and incentives to keep them motivated. I have moved schools a few times and C2C has been there every year to help give my students the best materials to aid in their classroom success.

I have NO IDEA where I would be without C2C!!!

Michelle O.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

With this being my first year of teaching, setting up a classroom has used up a lot of my own money. When I was told about Crayons to Classrooms, I was excited to go shopping! The amount of stuff I got for free was amazing and to make it better some of the items I was going to go purchase the following week. The staff was so friendly, welcoming and helpful. This nonprofit is an amazing place and will be forever thankful!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to shop at Crayons to Classrooms last week. I was able to get valuable resources for my classroom that would have cost me a fortune to purchase on my own. Crayon to Classrooms helped me get pencils, pens, paper, tape, staples, paperclips, markers, and many other things that are a major burden for teacher to acquire. Thank you Crayons to Classrooms!!!!!

Annika Lykins C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is amazing! I am blown away by the organization, its donors, and its volunteers.

I was able to shop for items for my classroom that are necessary and that will help to enrich learning for my students. I was excited to pick up many desk supplies for myself that are necessary for my day-to-day teacher duties such as lesson planning and grading. My students are very excited to use new art supplies, modeling dough, science and math activities, and even a programmable robot. As a teacher, I am used to often spending a lot of my own money on classroom supplies, materials, and activities. It was a breath of fresh air to be able to receive from generous donors and shop for my classroom not out-of-pocket. I teach in a small district where almost 100% of students are on free and reduced lunch, where many students come to school without any supplies. As a first-year teacher, I myself was coming in with few supplies and materials. Even just my first shopping trip was a HUGE help!

I am so grateful! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms. DC was able to gather a generous amount of supplies for her classroom because of Crayons to Classrooms. Some of the items received for her classroom included: A large classroom picture, a silver farm-style star and artificial flowers utilized to make the classroom feel more like “home.” Additionally, Crayons to Classrooms allowed us to attain the many office & school supplies needed to create experiential lessons for optimal academic growth. Our students especially appreciated the added extras from Yoobi, as now they have their very own pencil boxes full of colored pencils, erasers, pencils, glue and scissors for any creative project they may be assigned. Thank you Crayons to Classrooms!

Jessica E.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to volunteer a few hours of my time and in return I was given so many supplies for my students to use in our classroom. These supplies take the burden off the students and myself and allow students to be enriched more easily. Thank you to all the donors and to Crayons to Classrooms for this wonderful non profit organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity as a teacher to shop Crayons to Classrooms yesterday! It was amazing what supplies that were available for us to use in our classroom. I was able to take several items that will help my students. Thank you for the opportunity!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classroom is a wonderful resource for teachers, it enables them to enrich their lessons with materials and supplies that may not have been afforded to them. This program has come to Warner Middle School in Xenia Ohio this year.
Our teachers are beyond thrilled!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing resource for teachers of underprivileged students. They provide staples like pencils, pens, markers, glue paper, and of course staples, as well as unusual supplies that spark our imaginations of new ways to engage our students. I never miss a chance to "shop" at Crayons to Classrooms!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is a wonderful nonprofit here in Dayton, Ohio who provides valuable classroom materials to teachers in high need areas. We are so lucky to have Crayons to Classrooms as a resource. The individuals who volunteer their time to help make sure students have what they need to learn are irreplaceable! Thank you to Crayons to Classrooms for continually reaching out to help those students and teachers who are in such great need. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons 2 Classrooms has helped my students get what they need. The average parent pays $50-$75.00 for school supplies and many of our families can't afford that. Having the available supplies to offset the cost for them is greatly appreciated.
My most memorable experience is when I had backpacks from Crayons that were filled with supplies and was able to give them to some of our homeless students. The reaction from the parents and students was overwhelming.
The staff and volunteers are wonderful and are always eager to help.
We are so lucky to have this opportunity in our community! The need is real and they help meet some of this need!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years, I have "shopped" at the greatest store in the Midwest: Crayons to Classrooms (C2C). The sponsorship provided to educators from the many C2C sponsors, such as Van Con in Vandalia or Elements IV in Dayton Ohio, is greatly appreciated by many, many school districts. The folks who manage Crayons to Classrooms, make gathering supplies, books and other items accessible and plentiful for students in need. My students would otherwise struggle to find new and necessary materials to learn and grow. Cannot thank this company enough for the boost they provide to students. After a few years of gathering items for my students, I became a volunteer. Thank you, C2C!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing organization that puts supplies in classrooms that need them. Their building is clean, inviting and everyone is always helpful. They are very organized and their efforts to give book bags to students affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes are very admirable. We are very lucky to have them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classroom is an amazing service for teacher in the Dayton area. Many of our students cannot afford the supplies needed for their school year. Crayons to Classroom provides us with amazing materials that we can give to those students. Also, Crayons to Classroom prevents teachers from taking as much money from their pockets by giving us materials that we commonly buy for students. Crayons to Classroom is the best resource for teachers in the Dayton area and we appreciate it very very much!

Linda K. R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is one of the best resources that the Miami Valley area teachers has to make sure that all students get what that need to help them to become productive citizens of the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work for a tiny one classroom per grade, Catholic School than is a 100% Free lunch School. Crayons to Classrooms helps our tiny school supply our scholars, Who are 100% below the poverty level, get the supplies they need to get a quality education with little sacrifice. There are few things sadder than seeing your scholars report to school with their books in Grocery bags. Giving them backpacks that they can be proud of and providing them with the supplies they need without bothering their laboring parents is priceless. Thank you Crayons to Classrooms.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been to crayons to classrooms a couple times, and each time I am overwhelmed by the helpful tools and resources provided to area teachers for free! I love that they often give away large items as well- I have received a paper shredder, while other teachers I know have gotten filing cabinets, desk chairs, and other items many schools can't afford to upgrade! They are always so helpful and everything is laid out so nicely that shopping is a breeze!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms provides a real gift to both teachers and students. Such a weight is lifted when I know my students will have supplies they need to have a successful year. I am grateful for their mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing organization that helps teachers by giving them materials to help their students learn! I am a teacher who spends a lot of my own money on supplies so having somewhere to get supplies is great!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m an art teacher in the Northridge Local School district. On Memorial Day my school was destroyed. C2C helped my building of teachers by giving us an “extra shopping day” for school year 19-20. Thanks so much for all you do there at Crayons To Classrooms!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first visit to Crayons to Classrooms and it was amazing. The staff made me feel very welcomed and were super helpful. This made my experience a lot better. The supplies was amazing and I was able to get the supplies and quantity that I was allowed to have, I liked this organization. The shopping center itself was clean, neat, and well organized. Labels were made and they even had the quantity number for each supply. I cannot wait to be able to go back and experience this again.

Anna H.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms provides a much needed service to the teachers in the Dayton, Ohio, and surrounding areas. Many families cannot provide their children with things as simple as paper, pencils, folders, crayons, etc. It is ludicrous, senseless, and laughable that in America in 2018 a student should have difficulty learning due to the lack of a .25$ pencil. So as teachers we frequently dig into our own wallets to provide much needed supplies and materials for our students.
I have worked in Dayton Public Schools for 4 years and I have found that my most important role is doing whatever was needed to help provide my students with the best education possible. Crayons to Classrooms greatly assists in that need for the students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. They actually helped me provide materials to accommodate for my diverse group of students. The right materials.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The materials they have assist my student's ability to learn and gives them incentive to do more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow! I have taught for 43 years and felt so much support from this non-profit when they provided my classroom with the supplies I usually have to purchase with my own money. They even had items I could give to my students to use so they do not need to get supplies at home. When visiting their store, the volunteers taking care of us are wonderfully supportive and positive. We have only had access to this support for one school year, but I am looking forward to my first visit this school year so I can get my year started with the supplies we need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very accommodating, well stocked, friendly, and helpful staff!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! I am able to get much-needed supplies and resources for my classroom and students as well. There is always something special for the teacher as well, thanks to the generosity of major companies and their donations. Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing resource for classroom teachers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is such a blessing to all of the schools that are involved. For me personally, it is like a kid going into a candy store and be told you can pick out whatever you want for free! As educators we spend so much of our own money to help our students get a great education. I teach for Dayton Public Schools, and I am an Intervention Specialist, and we do not get a budget each year to buy whatever we need like most of the other teachers. So, when I heard about Crayons to Classrooms I got very excited!! Most of our families do not have money for school supplies, so us kind hearted teachers end up using our own money. Sometimes I hear teachers say: "I don't have time to go to Crayons to Classrooms" and, I reply "I can't afford not to go there!" I have not had to buy any pencils in the last 8 years!!!" That is huge!!!! It is so much fun going to shop at Crayons to Classrooms where I can get supplies for my students for free! Several years ago I got a few chair pockets that fit over a student chair that they can put their supplies in since we do not have desks. They worked out so great that I decided to make a math lesson out of it, and the students have to measure the fabric and make their own. We use scrap cloth that I have gotten from Crayons to Classrooms and the McMurf Recycling Center, and the students sew their own chair pockets. They are able to use the chair pockets for the entire 4 years that they are with me. I just can't say enough good things about Crayons to Classrooms!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to classroom is a blessing to my students. The support my class receives from the donations contributed cannot be measured. We are very grateful and appreciate all that Crayons to classrooms does.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just absolutely LOVE Crayons to classrooms. The volunteers, coordinators and everyone I have ever talked to is always wonderful, polite and willing to help.


Please keep doing what you are doing as it makes a HUGE impact for our school and especially our students THANK YOU

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely phenomenal organization! Very engaging, caring and supporting! Dayton is lucky to have such a wonderful organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My students looks forward to my shopping trips at crayons to classroom. New supplies at any time of the year are exciting. They love the items I pick up to put in the Prize Box. The process for shopping is so well organized. Staff and and volunteers are always friendly and helpful.

lhoffman

Board Member

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing organization that invites teachers of low income students to shop in a store for supplies-at no charge. The often leave with over $1000 of supplies (twice a year) but never have to spend a dime. The students can't wait for their teachers to come in the next day and share their supplies.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very organized and knowledgeable of teacher needs! Very appreciative of volunteers! Fantastic organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms provides a much needed service to the teachers in the Dayton, Ohio, and surrounding areas. Teachers dig into their own wallets to provide much needed supplies and materials for their students. By allowing teachers to shop at no cost for supplies for their students is amazing. Many families cannot provide their children with things as simple as paper, pencils, folders, crayons, etc.
I worked for the Dayton Public Schools for 32 years directly supporting eight Superintendents but my most important role was doing whatever was needed to help provide our students with the best education possible. Crayons to Classrooms greatly assists in that need for the students. After retiring, I have had the opportunity to volunteer at Crayons to Classrooms and they are a great group of people providing an invaluable service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are providing a way to make donated items available to teachers of students in need. They do an excellent job!

Donor

Rating: 5

Teachers usually have to pay for supplies. This charity provides those classroom supplies. It's amazing-- they ship using carts like they are at Sam's, but at no cost.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are very helpful and ready to be there when you need them. It is also a very organized organization, who seems to know what they are doing.