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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 February 2018, we have distributed over $15M in supplies during 17,000+ teacher shopping visits to teachers from 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

388 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.