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Crayons to Classrooms

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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

353 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former teacher I know how hard it is to make it on your salary when having to spend your own money for supplies for your classroom. This wonderful charity lends a helping hand by providing needed supplies. I only wish all teachers could have the opportunity to shop there. My one wish would be for their to be games and puzzles for use in the classrooms especially the primary grades. Computers are great but being able to do hands on improves hand/eye coordination, social skills and interaction with your classmates

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Visiting Crayons for Classrooms was a wonderful experience. In my school district many of the students do not bring with them the supplies that they need to succeed in school, and many times that cost falls back on the teacher. It touched my heart to see the kindness of the volunteers along with the kindness of the donors. The amount of supplies that Crayons for Classrooms had and were able to give away was amazing! This is a wonderful organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms has helped me as a teacher focus more of my energy on student learning. Often basic school projects were difficult and costly because so many students did not have the necessary supplies. Crayons to classrooms allowed me to shop free of charge for items that I use in my class.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our region is particularly fragile. With the loss of major automotive, technology and manufacturing employers, our schools are feeling a bigger pinch than ever. That impacts our students as well. They are lucky to have shoes and winter jacket, much less an assortment of pencils, glue sticks, lined paper and binders. Crayons to Classrooms supplements what our classrooms can no longer afford.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms was a wonderful surprise and experience. I had no idea what to expect but am so GLAD I made the time to participate! It is so nice to be able to provide supplies to my students without breaking the bank. This group is so worthwhile and helps an infinite number of students!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing place! Our small staff got to go as a group to shop at the facility in Dayton. I was floored by the amount and variety of items that we could choose from! I know that this opportunity will save me money as a teacher and also give me a chance to share various materials with my students that they might not otherwise have. What a wonderful program. Thank you!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The entire experience was very positive. The process was very organized and well-run. The teachers were delightful and SUPER thankful. A great organization serving kids and teachers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work at a charter school and look forward to visiting every year. There are a ton of supplies for teachers to choose from. I come out of the place everytime with a car full.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work in a charter school that serves students who are at the bottom of the economic scale. 100% of our students are free lunch candidates. Crayons to Classrooms allows me to spend less money out of my pocket to provide my students with the basic supplies they need to be successful in school everyday. If it wasn't for them, most of my salary would be spent helping my students succeed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our school serves low-income, underprivledged students who don't always have the money for the basics that they need. Crayons To Classrooms helped our school provide the basic school supplies to student whose families could not afford them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work in a disadvantaged school and buy a lot of the supplies with my own money. As a school, each teacher sponsers a club since many of our students are not able to particate in extra curricular activities we feel it is important for them to be able to have the experience. I buy a lot of the craft items that the students use and was able to get some materials to use with my craft club students and materials to use in my classroom. This organization is incredible. Thank you so much!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Last school year was my first experience with Crayons to Classrooms. It also was my first year as a teacher. I didnt have much to start with and my students didnt come to school with much either. I didnt know what to expect, but I was very happy with what I found. Crayons to Classrooms was very organized. Their system was good, and they had great volunteers to help me through the process. It was an overall great experience. I left with much needed supplies for my classroom and students.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Crayons to Classrooms in Dayton, OH is a fantastic organization. The money I normally spend on extra supplies for my students I can now use to buy healthy snacks and other incentives. Not only do they offer free supplies that I pass on to my students (we have 90%+ free and reduced lunch)but the volunteers are very helpful and welcoming. Crayons to Classrooms is fabulous!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach at a disadvantaged school and your supplies have been extremely helpful for our school and desire to help out in other ways.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an AWESOME organization. I teach students that are socio-economically disadvantaged and most of them come to school with no school supplies. I was able to go and gut them amost everything they could need for the school year. There was everything from pencils and paper to art supplies. These are things that are vital to a good, rich education. Without crayons for classrooms many of our students wouldn't have access to these items that other students take for granted.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had never heard of Crayons to Classrooms before but received an email one day inviting our school to participate. I had low expectations (since I had never heard of it) and was I ever surprised! I went in hoping to get a few markers, maybe some paper. I came out with a heaping cart full of school supplies - binders, highlighters, notebooks, paper, trash bins, dictionaries, and so much more. The volunteers were so helpful and I was so amazed that this was all donated to me and my students at no expense. What a blessing this was for our school, Thank you C2C!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was granted the real privilege of "shopping" at Crayons to Classrooms with several of my co-workers. The staff was incredibly helpful and efficient, and the volume of materials made available to us at NO COST was incredible! Each of us left with two shopping carts filled with materials we could use to teach, organize and reward our students. In a district filled with children who struggle to obtain supplies for financial reasons, I was so grateful to have access to many of these expensive items. I can now ensure that every student has the materials they need to keep up and suceed.