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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

429 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first visit to Crayons to Classrooms and it was amazing. The staff made me feel very welcomed and were super helpful. This made my experience a lot better. The supplies was amazing and I was able to get the supplies and quantity that I was allowed to have, I liked this organization. The shopping center itself was clean, neat, and well organized. Labels were made and they even had the quantity number for each supply. I cannot wait to be able to go back and experience this again.

Anna H.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms provides a much needed service to the teachers in the Dayton, Ohio, and surrounding areas. Many families cannot provide their children with things as simple as paper, pencils, folders, crayons, etc. It is ludicrous, senseless, and laughable that in America in 2018 a student should have difficulty learning due to the lack of a .25$ pencil. So as teachers we frequently dig into our own wallets to provide much needed supplies and materials for our students.
I have worked in Dayton Public Schools for 4 years and I have found that my most important role is doing whatever was needed to help provide my students with the best education possible. Crayons to Classrooms greatly assists in that need for the students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. They actually helped me provide materials to accommodate for my diverse group of students. The right materials.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The materials they have assist my student's ability to learn and gives them incentive to do more.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow! I have taught for 43 years and felt so much support from this non-profit when they provided my classroom with the supplies I usually have to purchase with my own money. They even had items I could give to my students to use so they do not need to get supplies at home. When visiting their store, the volunteers taking care of us are wonderfully supportive and positive. We have only had access to this support for one school year, but I am looking forward to my first visit this school year so I can get my year started with the supplies we need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very accommodating, well stocked, friendly, and helpful staff!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! I am able to get much-needed supplies and resources for my classroom and students as well. There is always something special for the teacher as well, thanks to the generosity of major companies and their donations. Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing resource for classroom teachers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is such a blessing to all of the schools that are involved. For me personally, it is like a kid going into a candy store and be told you can pick out whatever you want for free! As educators we spend so much of our own money to help our students get a great education. I teach for Dayton Public Schools, and I am an Intervention Specialist, and we do not get a budget each year to buy whatever we need like most of the other teachers. So, when I heard about Crayons to Classrooms I got very excited!! Most of our families do not have money for school supplies, so us kind hearted teachers end up using our own money. Sometimes I hear teachers say: "I don't have time to go to Crayons to Classrooms" and, I reply "I can't afford not to go there!" I have not had to buy any pencils in the last 8 years!!!" That is huge!!!! It is so much fun going to shop at Crayons to Classrooms where I can get supplies for my students for free! Several years ago I got a few chair pockets that fit over a student chair that they can put their supplies in since we do not have desks. They worked out so great that I decided to make a math lesson out of it, and the students have to measure the fabric and make their own. We use scrap cloth that I have gotten from Crayons to Classrooms and the McMurf Recycling Center, and the students sew their own chair pockets. They are able to use the chair pockets for the entire 4 years that they are with me. I just can't say enough good things about Crayons to Classrooms!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to classroom is a blessing to my students. The support my class receives from the donations contributed cannot be measured. We are very grateful and appreciate all that Crayons to classrooms does.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just absolutely LOVE Crayons to classrooms. The volunteers, coordinators and everyone I have ever talked to is always wonderful, polite and willing to help.


Please keep doing what you are doing as it makes a HUGE impact for our school and especially our students THANK YOU

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely phenomenal organization! Very engaging, caring and supporting! Dayton is lucky to have such a wonderful organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My students looks forward to my shopping trips at crayons to classroom. New supplies at any time of the year are exciting. They love the items I pick up to put in the Prize Box. The process for shopping is so well organized. Staff and and volunteers are always friendly and helpful.

lhoffman

Board Member

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing organization that invites teachers of low income students to shop in a store for supplies-at no charge. The often leave with over $1000 of supplies (twice a year) but never have to spend a dime. The students can't wait for their teachers to come in the next day and share their supplies.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very organized and knowledgeable of teacher needs! Very appreciative of volunteers! Fantastic organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms provides a much needed service to the teachers in the Dayton, Ohio, and surrounding areas. Teachers dig into their own wallets to provide much needed supplies and materials for their students. By allowing teachers to shop at no cost for supplies for their students is amazing. Many families cannot provide their children with things as simple as paper, pencils, folders, crayons, etc.
I worked for the Dayton Public Schools for 32 years directly supporting eight Superintendents but my most important role was doing whatever was needed to help provide our students with the best education possible. Crayons to Classrooms greatly assists in that need for the students. After retiring, I have had the opportunity to volunteer at Crayons to Classrooms and they are a great group of people providing an invaluable service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are providing a way to make donated items available to teachers of students in need. They do an excellent job!

Donor

Rating: 5

Teachers usually have to pay for supplies. This charity provides those classroom supplies. It's amazing-- they ship using carts like they are at Sam's, but at no cost.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are very helpful and ready to be there when you need them. It is also a very organized organization, who seems to know what they are doing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are very organized and detailed, they secure high quality items for the teachers to select from, the staff is very personal and helpful. Not sure what can

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of serving on the crayons to classrooms advisory board as well as been a teacher that has benefited from their services. Every time I visit the store, the volunteers are so friendly and helpful. There are so many items in the store that have been a benefit to my students. I cannot say enough positive things about this non-profit organization. I know my students have loved being the recipients of such wonderful school items that I receive from crayons to classroom.

Donor

Rating: 5

They are easy to work. Always willing to pickup donations when called.

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

1 Christa M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayon to Classrooms is by far the most wonderful resource that I have ever had access to in my 20+ years in education! The staff are very friendly and helpful. The resources that are available for my students were just amazing. It may sound simple , but my students are so happy to have notebooks, spiral paper, pencils, and other basic classroom supplies. As their teacher, I am thrilled to be able to help provide them by shopping at Crayons to Classrooms every semester. I am so grateful for this wonderful resource provided by our community!
Thank you!!

1 Ruth W.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

To say I was excited is an understatement. Crayons to Classrooms had everything I needed for my students and classroom from supplies to incentives. I can't wait for my next trip. It's amazing what the donors and volunteers do for the area schools/children in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is AMAZING. The volunteers are helpful, kind and polite. I can honestly say that without Crayons to Classrooms there would be schools and classrooms that go without, which in turn means our future will go without. This may seem small and pointless to some but the need for pencils, paper, folders, book bags is huge and is there all year long. The fact that we can visit a place be provided with sooo many options is a relief.

THANK YOU Crayons to Classrooms for what you do. My students will benefit and the smiles on their faces will be great to see. :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks to the generous donations I receive from Crayons to Classrooms I can provide my students with the basics that they otherwise would not have. Simple things like pencils, hand sanitizer, paper, notebooks, binders and more are so very important. The staff is always friendly and helpful. They take a real interest in what's going on in the classroom and provide resources like readers for the classroom and STEM packs. Thank you for all you do. I certainly do appreciate and value you!.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach inner city kids. Many of them come from families that often do not have the means to provide the necessary school supplies at the beginning of and throughout the school year. Crayons to Classrooms plays an important role in meeting those needs by providing me with shopping opportunities. The donations I receive are so very important, needed, and very much appreciated. The various people and companies who generously donate to Crayons to Classroom may never fully understand how thankful my students and I are as a result of their contribution to our classroom. Crayons to Classrooms put valuable resources in the hands of teachers who pass them along to students. I can't thank them enough for the service they provide and the resources they make available.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just love Crayons to Classrooms. This program has helped me provide much needed supplies to students in my classrooms. I have been able to bless students in need in more classrooms than just my own due to the wide array of supplies that I have been able to get through this program. I am always amazed at the materials that they are able to provide to area teachers. My cousin is jealous because there isn't a program like this in her area!

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!

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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.