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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 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

339 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.