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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

339 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first time at Crayons to Classrooms I was a first year teacher spending copious amounts of my own money to make sure my students had the basics (pencils, paper, etc.).Visiting Crayons to Classrooms was nothing short of magical. I left with these items, but also decorations, books, and art supplies for student projects. I have been going every semester since then and I cannot thank Crayons to Classrooms enough for the way they support my students!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been able to shop at Crayons to Classrooms for many years now. They have impacted the lives of many students in my classroom. It is amazing to know when a student does not have a supply they need I can just reach into the closet and pull one out. It also let teachers focus on buying other resources, since we are no longer buying the everyday supplies like pencils and paper. I can't say thank you enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was very impressed with the supplies offered to my students- at no cost to me! My teaching supply budget never could have accomplished this much for my students. Thank you to all of the donors and volunteers who help my students succeed daily!

Robin161

Client Served

Rating: 5

My students come to school every year with zero supplies. All supplies come from the teachers themselves. Therefore, I wouldn't be able to afford to do my job without Crayons to Classrooms. Thank you for keeping me in this profession so that I can continue to help students. My students are very grateful for the high quality supplies to help motivate them and to help them learn.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

None of my kids start the year with any supplies. I couldn't continue my work without C2C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was amazing to go in and find not only basic tools for my classroom (pencils, markers, etc.), but also helpful games, ideas, and activities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredible! That's just one word that describes the service that Crayons to Classroom provides. The first time I was fortunate enough to visit I was amazed at the quality and quantity of items I received for my classroom and school. I kept thinking about the students who were going to benefit from these donations. I imagined the smiles that would overcome their faces when they got a new backpack, lunch box, or set of markers. This nonprofit organization provides much more than just school supplies. It provides hope, caring, gratitude, and tons of smiles to those who receive its services! Thank you, Crayons to Classrooms!

Penny J H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is providing such a great service to provide school supplies to students in the area whose families cannot afford to purchase the school supplies they need. During the summer I received calls almost every day from parents asking how they can get school supplies for their kids. It is so satisfying to tell them that there is help available and to solve that problem that is burdening them and their children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been to other organizations like this in the past, and this is by far the best one I have been to. Almost all of the supplies were new, very clearly labeled, and it's an easy system to figure out. As a teacher at a low-income district where all students receive free lunch, I am so grateful to be able to find free supplies for my students. They don't just have basic supplies like pencils and paper; they have binders, bookbags, resources for teachers, and so much more. I was super impressed and will definitely continue to go once a semester!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was amazed at the generosity of this organization. My shopping experience was efficient and well organized. The organization has this system down pat. My students were so excited about the new supplies. My lessons are much more engaging with the proper tools. Thank you so much!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Today I wrote a $7.00 ck for each one of my self-contained special ed students to go to a field trip to young's dairy for a hayride and a pumpkin. I have 16 students so that came to well over 100 dollars. Luckily I have had the opportunity to go to crayons to classrooms since the first day it opened. They have generously provided for my students who are very much in need.
Steve is always there with a smile and kind attitude and yesterday was no different.
Thank you from room 1202 at Dayton Boys Prep. Pics to follow.
Susan

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely Amazing! Received so much more than I ever imagined! So thankful, and so are my students!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently visited Crayons to Classroom for the first time and I was very impressed. I am a first grade, first year teacher. This organization is such a blessing! I was able to get so many supplies, craft items, and prizes for my students. As teachers we spend so much of our own money on our classrooms and to have help is so amazing! Thank you Crayons to Classroom and everyone involved who makes this place possible!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to be a Board member of Dayton Crayons to Classrooms and be a part of the initial planning committee to form the organization. The Board and staff are committed to the organization's Mission. Staff and Board members do not hesitate to step up and support Crayons to Classrooms. Our community immediately and directly benefits from the organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of seeing the great work of Dayton Crayons to Classrooms serving the teachers and students throughout our community. We serve many schools in several communities and counties in the Miami Valley area. The teachers are so grateful for the materials. One thing I find especially fun are the donations of materials that are not necessarily school supplies. We receive art, furniture and other donations that we accept. Teachers always find a use for these, they are very creative. The Dayton Crayons to Classrooms staff always find a way to utilize the uncommon materials.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is awesome, easy, and a true benefit to my students! I have found just the right items to supplement my supply closet, and to provide for otherwise unobtainable classroom goals! Let's keep this going!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms moved to a more modern facility, and I was fortunate enough to visit the first day they reopened. The set-up is wonderful, the staff is delightful, and the available materials are much appreciated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Crayons to Classrooms and the commitment on their part is intense and therefore it inspires us as volunteers to give our best. The jobs that we do as volunteers helps keep things ready for the teacher with few resources and they are so grateful. It is great to see it grow each year and be able to know students are benefiting from these supplies. A very worthy organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I volunteered at Crayons to Classrooms in Dayton as a UD student. I saw how dedicated and caring the teachers are and how under-resourced the school districts are. This organization solves the problem that so many teachers are facing! Great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with Crayons to Classrooms and enjoy seeing the wonderful resources and supplies that are provided to teachers in my area to help their students succeed! The staff is helpful, friendly and always willing to help out. When students have the supplies to succeed we all succeed as a community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms has provided supplies students in my district need. I have received a wide variety of supplies such as pencils, paper, notebooks, paints, ribbon, books, trays for organizing papers, backpacks, and lunchbags. Thank you for your generosity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a teacher for Dayton Public Schools. Many of my students come to school without much needed school supplies, book bags, or even some come without socks in the winter time. Crayons 2 Classrooms have been a life savor to our district. With each of my shopping trips, I receive between $1,200 and $1,500 worth of supplies that I can give to my classroom, as well as share with the entire school. Teachers spend so much of their own money to buy supplies and this nonprofit is a huge help to save our pocketbook! The students are so excited when I give the school supplies to them and they are happy and excited to send thank you pictures to the donors. Without Crayons to Classrooms it would be much more difficult to ensure that my kindergartners had everything they need to be successful with school! I appreciate their help so much that I volunteer when needed. I wish each urban school district had the same opportunity to shop at a Crayons 2 Classrooms store.