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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

364 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Professional - Passionate - Personalized! These are the words that I use to describe Crayons to Classroom and the Crayons to Classroom Experience! Staff are knowledgeable, resourceful and innovative at the classroom, school district and school store level. They absolutely love what they do and the people they serve and are doing it with. No personal request, need or detail is too big or too small for their undivided attention. They make you feel like you are the only person they are serving in the store. Crayons to Classrooms puts smiles on students and teachers faces every day!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms truly serves teachers & kids. I serve a high-poverty area; my students NEED supplies & it\u2019s hard to afford everything. C2C helps!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love crayons to classrooms. This organization is awesome, it allows teachers to come and shop for much needed supplies. Everyone is so kindhearted and nice. it's also an amazing place to volunteer. I am grateful to have this amazing resource. Thank you Crayons to Classrooms for everything you do for the teachers in Dayton and surrounding areas. You are a blessing to many. I appreciate you.
Verlinda Johnson/Teacher

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing organization that has helped me in providing much needed supplies for my students over the years. From pencils to binders to backpacks and more they make the lives of teachers a bit easier every day. I am pleased to be a part of this organization.

Penny J H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is part of the National Network of the Kids In Need Foundation. When I worked at Kids In Need, I was able to refer many families to C2C through the children's schools. I was always confident that these families would be helped and the kids would get the supplies they needed.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and friends are going to donate to crayons to classroom.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first time visiting the Crayons to Classroom store...it was amazing! It's hard to believe that something like this exists for educators and schools. The supplies I received would have costs at least $200.00!

The customer service was just as great as the shopping spree (LOL). What a wonderful and supportive idea for teachers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came here two days ago and left very pleased. The materials were great, ranging from simple classroom supplies (pens, pencils, markers) to classroom decoration. As a music teacher, I was able to get decoration that will be used during my winter concert. How exciting and helpful! Thank you Crayons to Classrooms for making this possible.

1 Meagan M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came here for the first time last week. It was like a dream come true! I cannot begin to express how beneficial these "shopping trips" are to our students! These materials are greatly appreciated by students and teachers alike as they help our school run smoothly. I love being able to supply my students in need. A HUGE thanks to the volunteers and donors for doing great things for the community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just took my first "shopping trip" here yesterday. It was AMAZING! I was able to find resources for my teaching, supplies for my students, and even decorations for my room. There was a much larger selection of things than I expected, and I came out of the store with a cart full of useful, needed supplies and materials for my room. Thank you for helping supply my students with more of the things they need to be successful.

1 Annie E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot thank CtoC enough. They help my students in ways they cannot imagine and each shopping trip is easy and fun thanks to the volunteers! Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to classrooms has given me the opportunity to provide students with everyday tools and materials to help in the learning process. Yoobi allowed me to send home supplies such as crayons, rulers, and scissors, so that students could use these on their homework assignments. I feel fortunate to be part of something that is so helpful to our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an extraordinary organization that benefits both educators and students. I am able to utilize items for my classroom as well as provide for students that otherwise would be without supplies. The "Yoobi" box is amazing. Students get their own pouch of supplies to take home. This works well for homework assignments. I appreciate all of the organizations that make the donations and am glad to have the opportunity to be a part of something that helps so many.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to Crayons to Classrooms for the first time this year. It was a wonderful experience, and the people staffing it were very helpful. Through people's generous donations, i was able to bring things back to my class that we began using right away. There were books that specific students really enjoyed, teaching books, art materials, seasonal decorations, and all kinds of odds and ends that we are enjoying. I brought all the "goodies" back to my class, and we unpacked the treasures together, which was a very fun experience. We sent thank you notes to four donors, and we truly thank those of you who donate your money and your time to make this experience possible. I teach in a school where all the students are one free lunch, and we are glad to receive donations of things to use with our students.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been shopping at Crayons to Classrooms for several years now. If it were not for this wonderful store, I would be purchasing supplies out of my own pocket. I teach 2nd grade in more then half of my class cannot afford to purchase supplies. So far this year I have purchased 200 pencils out of pocket for my students. I can't even get copy paper from my district, so I get my own class supplies from the store. I love this place! Keep up the great work, us teachers need you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After over 20 years in the for-profit arena working in distribution and manufacturing, I had the opportunity to join Crayons to Classrooms in February 2016 as its Operations Manager.

Having never worked in the non-profit sector, I had no real idea what to expect, except the mission of the organization really piqued my interest. My experience has been wonderful, for two reasons.

First, the mission. To be able to use my experience and professional knowledge to help local teachers, and with that, have a positive impact on local students has been extremely rewarding. Knowing that what I do each day at Crayons to Classrooms helps enhance the lives of these people is exceedingly fulfilling.

Second, the staff. I have never worked with such a positive, encouraging, and helpful group. From the Executive Director, Steve Rubenstein, to the employees, to all the volunteers, it is great to come to work each day and be involved with such a tremendous crew.

I look forward to many more years with this organization and helping it to continue to grow and fulfill its mission.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Crayons to Classrooms. Twice a year, I am able to go and get a variety of great supplies that I otherwise would not be able to provide my students, from essential school materials to prizes to decorations. It is a wonderful community resource and I am so grateful to them for all they do for our schools.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always enjoyed shopping at Crayons to Classroom. The volunteers are always helpful and friendly. This saves tremendously on my pocket book and I am forever gratitude to those who help me supply my classroom.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first began teaching in Dayton, I was new to the area. I often drove to school through the area neighborhood and was shocked by the number of students walking the streets to and from school. I quickly began to recognize different school uniforms and being able to identify which school students were attending based on their uniform. The one thing I couldn't make sense of, was why so many students had the same backpack. I figured it must be some cultural trend I was unfamiliar with, but every day I noticed many students carrying the exact same pack. A few weeks later, I was fortunate to visit Crayons to Classrooms to get supplies for my classroom. While there I was given several backpacks that matched the ones I saw every day. It then dawned on me, all the children I see out on the streets, either walking home or catching public transit, aren't carrying the backpacks because they are part of trend. Instead, these are children, that without the services of Crayons to Classrooms would be walking without a backpack. It is very obvious to see the impact of this service, just driving through neighborhoods in our community. This organization makes a difference, not just in my building, but on the community as a whole.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience at Crayons to Classrooms! Last year was my first opportunity to shop, and I very much appreciated all the items that were available to me. So often school employees are using their own funds to purchase materials to use in the classroom. It was such a blessing to be able to go and get things at no cost to myself or my district. The people were so pleasant as well. The whole experience was amazing. Thanks to all of the volunteers/workers and donors!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classroom have been an exceptional resources for my classes. It provides students who come to school with no supplies or run out and parents may not be able to replace them in a timely fashion. They have a wonderful staff and always have items that we need and beyond for the classroom.

Bernetha Pulliam-Ruskin 1st Grade Teacher