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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

441 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you, Crayons to Classrooms for serving as an answer to prayer. Our communities are better because of your organization. Your dedication and contributions remind me of the proverb, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

I am forever grateful for the donated school supplies that support all of our students!

Sincerely,
Casaundra Bronner

Client Served

Rating: 5

I get the chance to pick up supplies for the students where I work once a year. Most of the supplies go into the school's supply closet for students and staff in need. I have used a few items as an incentive for students that are reluctant to test. I think that Crayons to Classrooms plays a huge part in being able to provide students in need with the supplies needed to assist in their education.

School Psychologist

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classroom has been an amazing resource for my classroom over the years. Many of my students come to class knowing that I will have resources for them if they forget something. With many of the items I received from crayons to Classroom I have the opportunity to think outside the box and make class more engaging. I am grateful for all the resources supplied.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my second visit to Crayons to Classrooms in Dayton and it again proved well worth the trip. I was able to pick up many much needed supplies for my classroom that I would have had to purchase myself. Now I can spend the money I saved on fun and educational stem activities for my students. The shop was very well organized and the volunteers were friendly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to shop this week for the first time at Crayons to Classroom. I was amazed at all the items I was able to get to help my students. I was not only able to pick up school supply items, but also cleaning supplies. They even had the science books we use at our school. It was a lot of fun and was exciting to have new things in the classroom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The crayons to classroom shopping trip I just made was outstanding! I got so many materials and supplies for my classroom and for my students! They LOVED getting their very own colored pencils and have been using them whenever they can. Thank you for making this enjoyable experience and providing me with materials I can use!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is such a awesome place! They help teachers within my childcare center be able to do some awesome stuff. They have helped my room alot and provided so many awesome supplies!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I "shopped" at C2C for the first time this past Saturday. I was really impressed by how the store was organized and the friendliness of the staff. It was a great experience and I'm looking forward to going back in 2022.

Client Served

Rating: 5

C2C provides school necessities to my students. Working in a low income school district means the majority of students do not have the means to buys supplies. It becomes expensive supplying my classroom with necessities that I cannot always afford to buy. C2C helps eliminate some of the stress students and teachers face daily.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had a great experience at Crayons to Classrooms. It was easy, organized and fun! I love going shopping for teacher and classroom supplies each year, but when I was able to do the same thing and come back to school with all the FREE LUTE it was so much more fun! Teachers spend a lot of money for their classrooms each and every year. This is so refreshing that people see a need. This is a great opportunity for all educators. Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow! Our school qualified to shop at Crayons to Classrooms this year, and I just completed my first shop. What an impressive organization! i was thrilled to be offered such a wide range of supplies for my classroom! The staff was very helpful and friendly, and I returned with so many great things to share with my students!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I moved to the Dayton area 3 years ago, and I was quickly made aware of Crayons to Classrooms. In my previous teaching experience of 18 years in a different community, I never had an opportunity to go and select much needed supplies for my classroom that I previously purchased out of my own pocket. It is wonderful how the community and organizations across the country support this group in making sure that students have the supplies that they need. Thank you for having this organization in place for teachers and for those that support this wonderful organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

C2C is an incredibly helpful organization if you're working in education. There was simply no way to meet all of the supply and resources needs of my students, so I turned to C2C.

I first found out about C2C from a story that appeared on local news, then I spoke with a colleague who suggested I check it out. What a life-saver! I've been able to provide basic supplies to many of my students who might not otherwise have these things. This helps to level the playing field for those without the means to obtain their own materials and tools.

C2C carries all the basics, such as pencils, pens, crayons, scissors, paper, glue, and notebooks. In addition, there are seasonal items and decorations, books (for adults and children), and STEM supplies and books.

I'm grateful for C2C and its donors, and I plan to continue to avail myself of their generosity!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer I had a fun experience when I accompanied our church youth group to volunteer at Crayons to Classroom. We had so much fun talking and creating little math kits for teachers to use in their classrooms. And then today I got to be a shopper! WOW, what a great time! I am so excited to go to school and show my coworkers and students all the great items I got today. I am amazed at all the great items from Lysol wipes to calculators to a tape dispenser to notebooks, and on and on! What a great place that helps our community! I have taught over 24 years and have never been gifted so much product for my classroom! Thank you so much!

Julianne B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so pleasantly surprised with my recent trip to Crayons to Classrooms! I had never visited before and was thrilled to hear that our high school students volunteered at C to C which won some of our teachers a shopping spree. What an organized establishment! No strings attached, simply FREE things for you as a teacher, your students and your school! Backpacks, face masks, hand sanitizer, pens, pencils, binders, sticky notes, markers, books, you name it! The ladies at Crayons to Classrooms bent over backwards with their willingness to help us shop for our needs. This was an amazing experience and my students benefited greatly!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was unsure what to expect when I was informed that a family friend had volunteered at Crayons to Classrooms and named me to receive the shopping session. In all my years of teaching, I had always assumed that there were other teachers who needed to benefit far more from this nonprofit. Going for my first shopping session, I was overwhelmed by the amount of supplies I was allotted for my classroom. What an amazing group to do this regularly for classrooms all over the Miami Valley! THANK YOU!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms was able to provide an amazing opportunity for my classroom. All of my students received cloth masks, activity books, and personal school supplies. I surprised my class by putting all of their personal supplies from the store on their desk for them to see in the morning. The shocked look on their face and the happiness that filled our room is something my class talks about all the time.

I was also able to get extra book bags for students who had broken or very used bags. They beamed as they walked around the school with their new book bag.
My class and I are so thankful for Crayons to Classrooms!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Along with being a Crayons to Classroom teacher representative, I have also used Crayons to Classrooms for 5 years! Thanks to C2C I've been able to build a classroom library, to provide art supplies to my students and to save money on buying my own office supplies. C2C has adapted and made changes to supplies that teachers need, and during the pandemic I've been very happy to get classroom sanitation supplies. This was very helpful to provide my students with a clean learning environment. Thanks C2C!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a first time shopper at Crayons to Classroom. I was amazed at all the items I was able to supplement my instruction and aide students in my classroom. I was not only able to pick up school supply items, but also cleaning supplies. This is a wonderful resource in our community, especially for low income districts. The volunteers were so helpful and really made the shopping experience easy and very enjoyable. Thank you to all of the businesses that donate to help this wonderful non-profit thrive. Our kids thank you too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is awesome! I love being able to "shop" for resources I can use in the classroom and consumable supplies my students use. I am never want for pencils, colored pencils, erasers, crayons, markers, bookbags to give the kids when they need new. I use all the resources I pick up there, and those resources make my teaching more effective. I am grateful to this wonderful organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I shop at Crayons-to-Classrooms, I am able to get items that help my students be able learn the curriculum better. It is an amazing place to shop.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms gave me the opportunity to give my students crayons, pencils, scissors, glue, and paper that they could use at home to complete homework activities. Since sending these materials home with students, I have seen them improve with writing, drawing, and completing art activities. It has been amazing and it was heart warming to see my students get so excited to receive school supplies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful experience for teachers, especially those who work in low income districts. I have truly been blessed with the opportunity to shop with Crayons to Classrooms. Every visit is always amazing and the workers and volunteers are always eager to be of assistance. Thank you for everything that you do!!!

Emily M.14

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms has given me the supplies to make sure my students are as successful as they can be. These kids have lost so much since the pandemic started, and I'm beyond grateful to be able to give them the support they deserve, all thanks to Crayons to Classrooms.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They've got a system that runs super smooth. There's lots of resources available, and they make it very easy for the teacher to come in and get stuff to help their students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Always something different and something new at Crayons to Classrooms! Thanks so much for helping teachers in the classroom!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

WOW - an incredible experience! This is my first year of shopping. Last week, I completed my second shopping trip for the 2020-21 school year. The supplies I received will greatly benefit my STEM classes. Thanks, Crayons to Classrooms for all you do to support Dayton educators!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went on another shopping trip this weekend at this store. I was overcome by the generous amount of face mask and lysol wipes I was able to get. I also received much needed school supplies for students as well. It has been such a huge blessing in my life to be able to come to this store.
Teacher Springfield Ohio

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had heard so many wonderful things about Crayons to Classrooms so, when I received an invitation to shop there I was excited, to say the least. I was not disappointed. Everything is neat, clean and so well organized and the staff are so friendly and helpful. I was able to get much-needed supplies and resources that will greatly benefit our students. Thank you to all the donors and volunteers who make Crayons to Classrooms possible!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit Crayons to Classrooms for the first time this fall. I was not prepared for just how many amazing supplies I would find for my classroom. The volunteers were also so kind, helpful and welcoming. As a second year teacher and first year science teacher, this opportunity was invaluable. I am so grateful to have been given the chance to shop at the store and gain supplies for my classroom as well as for my students who are in need.

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!!

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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!