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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

433 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms help provide needed resources to all my students. I truly appreciate everyone who donates and volunteers. My out of pocket expense seems to grow each school year, however, Crayons to Classrooms makes it a little easier. I passed out some of the supplies to students and they thought it was wonderful. They were so excited. Thank you for everything.

Ms. V

Client Served

Rating: 4

A terrific provider of supplies for teachers in under resourced schools/classrooms. Well organized and helpful. I am grateful that Crayons to Classrooms is available for teachers in our area.

Kate2284

Client Served

Rating: 5

They provide many things that I need in my classroom. I love going their twice a year to get supplies I am running low on and find many prize box items.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

C2C has been very helpful in supplying my classroom with much needed items. Many of my students cannot afford to get the supplies that they need, and C2C fills that void. It keeps me from spending my money to buy items that I need. C2C has been a great resource for me.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is a great place for Educators to get supplies for the classsroom! This help tremendously from having to spend on these items! Great selections to choose from!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love how Crayons to Classrooms provides supplies for teachers and their students! It is greatly appreciated!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about this organization. As a teacher you either by it yourself, or you are fortunate enough to get the support you need here. I wouldn't want to think about the amount I would have to spend without this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing!! As a teacher in a high poverty school, my only options for getting needed materials are: A- My own pocket, or B- Crayons to Classrooms. The organization has helped so very much with an abundance and variety of needed materials. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our company helps out annually with C2C and they really have their goals in order and volunteer opportunities well organized. It's a great organization to volunteer for and I plan to help out at all as much as I can in the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My entire family, including children, have volunteered with C2C and seen first hand the difference they make!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My class loves when I go shopping at Crayons to Classroom. They especially love the new school supplies because other than for the first of school, their supplies are usually not replenished from home. They also love the variety of other unique items I put in the prize box from shopping there.

1 Sharon199

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am not a teacher, but have donated my time and items to Crayons to Classrooms. My business partner and I go to garage sales and buy up all school supplies we can find, then take them down to the donation center. We love teachers and enjoy supporting Crayons to Classrooms.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is such a blessing to me and my students. They have the proper school supplies they need to be successful in the classroom! I love volunteering for them and seeing other teachers benefit!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The supplies I receive for my classroom are so helpful to me and my students. Supplies can be expensive and teaching in a low income community can be a challenge to help the students have what they need. C2C enables us to serve our students with much needed items. Thank you so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing organization that allows me to provide more than just minimal supplies to my classroom. As everyone knows, supplies can and do get very expensive. C2C provides so many different supplies I may not otherwise be able to have for my students. The staff is also so very helpful.

Concetta D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is a wonderful agency that assist teachers in low income areas. This is a wonderful things for those that are less fortunate.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been donating to this organization for several years and am amazed what a great place this for teachers. I don't know what the kids would do without this group!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Crayons to Classrooms and was blown away by the commitment to our local schools. I LOVE the mission of this organization, and they really deliver on their vision. C2C makes a tremendous impact on the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a student in college, I volenteered at this organization. Now as a classroom teacher, I get to visit C2C to get supplies for my class. I am so thankful for all of the donors and volunteers that help C2C!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing organization! I am a teacher in the inner city and we have no money at all for supplies. This organization has saved my classroom! They work hard for teachers and children every day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year I heard about the wonderful organization that helps teachers. I contacted them and found out my school was listed to receive their resources. It was my second year teaching and I was purchasing everything myself. What a blessing C2C was for me. The tools I received helped me to be a better teacher. I was able to use all of the curriculum books, folders, posters and decorations. The Yobi box was icing on the cake. I teach a special education class located in a low income area. My students had their own pencil bags filled with everything they needed too be successful at school and at home. Thanks C2C!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful resource for school supplies! Many of my students come to school with nothing at the beginning of the year. Crayons to Classroom has everything they need!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to classrooms is an invaluable tool for teachers like myself! In years past I have spent full paychecks on supplies because of the the needs of my students. With the generous donations from Crayons to Classrooms there has been a tremendous burden lifted from my shoulders and my students have the supplies they need! This organization is truly a blessing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What would I do without Crayons to Classrooms? The facility is very clean and organized. Everything is labeled and easy to locate. The staff is super friendly. On top of this they have provided invaluable resources for my students who come from an underprivileged environments. Thank you SO much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms has provided my students the tools they need to be successful. One hundred percent of my students are eligible for free and reduced lunch. The school supplies provided by donations to Crayons to Classrooms are invaluable! Thank you for providing this service to our students.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always heard great things about Crayons to Classrooms! I am a first year teacher and I am really grateful to have been able to visit the site and shop! I love the fact that you can pick and chose the items that you need, rather than taking things that will not be used within your room. I also loved the Yoobi box full of classroom sets of materials. I spent a lot of money this summer preparing for my first classroom and was very concerned that I would not have everything that I need. I can now say that the worry has gone out the window; all thanks to Crayons to Classrooms!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Overwhelmed. Grateful. Appreciative. During September I had the opportunity to visit Crayons to Classrooms. I was overwhelmed multiple times. The personnel dealing with this program high bar for customer service. Michelle Koogler is incredible! I was grateful for all of the items I received for use with my Dayton Public School students. I had just spent over $600. this summer on workbooks and hard copy materials I needed for my work as a Reading Specialist grades K-6. There was no extra money for extras. Therefore, I am truly most grateful and appreciative of all involved. Thanks, Cindy Hauler - Valerie Ele.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about the impact Crayons to Classrooms has had on our district! Our teachers continue to benefit each year by the wonderful quality and useful classroom materials that they have received through this program The materials are utilized in every area of the educational process throughout the year. From classroom lessons, special events or activities, parent engagement activities, and volunteering programs. RAS Thanks you for all that you do!

Lesa6

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teacher, it is a true blessing to be able to go to Crayons to Classrooms for supplies that I would not be able to afford to supply for my students.One year they offered 10 backpacks per teacher. Once all the teachers went we were able to outfit almost all of our students. Some of the no-traditional supplies are used as incentives in class for students. It is truly a Godsend.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to classrooms has allowed me to use my resources towards other fun rewards in my classroom. I am able to go out and shop for school supplies that my students would not have due to there families financial ability. It makes my students happy and feel proud that items can be provided for them just like the other student in the class.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms blessed me so much as a teacher in a low SES district! It was such a great experience and I think they are a fabulous non-profit that serves both teachers and students alike with their generosity!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is essential for teachers, but most importantly for students. When funding is not available for classroom supplies, it is the students who suffer or the teachers who use their own meager pay. Crayons to Classrooms provides a stream-lined, organized, and hassle free experience in providing those resources/materials. It is simply a wonderful nonprofit that truly makes a difference for all involved!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had access to this awesome resource for teachers and students the past 2 years. Love this place and all they have to offer every year, definitely offset the personal cost of purchasing school supplies for students. Volunteering is also a lot of fun too! Everything is very organized and the staff are always pleasant and helpful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is a very valuable resource to teachers, and most importantly to students. Words can't explain how school supplies at no cost are extremely beneficial. Thanks Crayons to Classrooms for making a difference!

Client Served

Rating: 5

C2C does an outstanding job of making it easy and efficient to get much needed office supplies that teachers need. My concern is that they are doing such a great job, many administrators are taking the attitude that C2C is now the sole provider for classroom/office supplies for teachers. But thanks, C2C!!! The quality of the donations continues to improve and be more relevant to our needs.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Crayons to Classrooms is so very supportive in providing free materials and supplies to schools. With pencils, pens, paper, colored pencils, markers, to decorative items, I am able to help students with their projects , reports, and assignments. Thank you to the donors who give so graciously and the staff who help keep everything running so smoothly.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Media Specialist at Trotwood-Madison High School. I have been going to this wonderful organization for several years. The school supplies that are given I share with students directly such as pen, pencils, notebooks or give to teachers who express the needs of students in their classrooms.
I send a great big THANK YOU to Crayons to Classrooms and to the sponsors who generously give to help students in need of school supplies.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had such amazing experiences with Crayons to Classrooms! Our students are able to get everything they need for school....and then some! I received a Classroom Yoobi box this year, and had my students write thank you notes to Yoobi. One of my students wrote: "Dear Yoobi: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I really needed this stuff but my mom had to pay bills so she couldn't buy me these. Right now I feel like running over to you and giving all of you a big HUG. You guys are so so so so so so SO generous for this. THANK YOU!" We love Crayons to Classrooms!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was so helpful for our classroom. Nearly all of our students are unable to bring school supplies to school. With Crayons to Classrooms, our students were fortunate enough to have everything they needed to start the year off on the right foot. In addition, I was able to get some much needed supplies to supplement my own classroom needs which helped me to spend less of my own money (which adds up to be quite a lot!) Lastly, the staff were very friendly, warm, and knowledgeable. This was a top of the line experience and extremely beneficial. Thank you so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience with Crayons to Classrooms. They made the shopping process very simple and I was able to get tons of supplies for my students who needed them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teacher of students with Emotional Disabilities, I consistently have a population of kids that struggle with the trappings of poverty. Crayons for Classroom has been crucial in directly supporting some of the most needy kids in Ohio. I would definitely be deep into my pockets before I got near the support I get from Crayons. Thank you Crayons for Classrooms for supporting our kids. 5 Stars.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is a wonderful service to teachers and students of the community! They are always very helpful and kind and the materials provided by their organization have helped tremendously in lifting the burden from families and teachers that struggle to get by in this economic climate. I can't thank them enough!

Client Served

Rating: 5

C2C is a wonderful place-for a teacher...it's like Christmas! The staff is so friendly and the volunteers are always helpful. Our kids are the biggest winners-all the amazing supplies we get for them is truly appreciated!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an awesome nonprofit! I am so thankful for the supplies and support they have provided for my school to help our students have what they need to succeed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having worked in three different districts with a majority of students below the poverty line, Crayons to Classrooms has provided my teachers with much needed resources. The wonderful teachers that I work with always make sure that students have what they need - many times at great personal expense! Your organization has saved teachers thousands of dollars. THANK YOU

Assistant Principal

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a high school special ed teacher, and I am able to find so many things for my students from educational materials to supplies to prizes for our school store. I am able to save my own personal money to be able to do more for students than I have been able in the past. They are very generous and have great communication with teachers as well as the people and organizations who donate. They give teachers contact info for those who donate so we can thank them. This will be my third year "shopping" at C2C, and I wish I would have known about this years ago! It would have saved me so much money!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Great opportunity to provide for schools that have children at the poverty level. Thank you for all that you provide and your support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This great organization has done wonders for my students and myself. Just by providing greatly needed supplies for free, it makes everything that I do with my students that much easier. They are always in need of the basic and the not so basic supplies. The benefits of offering supplies to the group without question makes it easy for any student feel included and part of the school as a whole is amazing. I look forward to working with Crayons 2 Classrooms in future years, to help my students and me, without having to spend my personal money.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms has helped my classroom in the past years. They go above and beyond to help teachers with the basic student needs, such as paper, and pencils. This was money in the past that I would end up spending, and now can be spent to help learning in other ways.
They are wonderful in how the store is set up, what they provide, and their staff is super friendly. I LOVE Crayons to Classrooms.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is a fantastic place that helped me get all the supplies needed in my room. I'm excited to use some of my new stuff in class!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classroom has done so much to help me get set up for my first year of teaching. I am so thankful for the helpful volunteers that were there during my experience and for all the donations that have supported myself and my first graders in the classroom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons 2 Classrooms is a fantastic organization and provides a tremendous service to teachers in the community. It allows us to secure supplies that would otherwise be purchased out of our personal funds. As someone returning to the classroom after a fifteen year hiatus, it has been a life-saver. Had it not been for Crayons 2 Classrooms, I would have spent hundreds of dollars to equip my classroom. I can focus on teaching and not worry about how I will secure materials for activities.

The layout of the store is easy to follow, well organized and the volunteers are extremely helpful. I am so thankful this resource exists for teachers in the greater Dayton area.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is by far my favorite nonprofit! I have been teaching for 10 years and the last 2 I have been an eligible teacher to enjoy the many benefits of what this program has to offer! They are always helpful, friendly, and extremely organized! They make it possible for my students to have classroom materials they may not be able to afford on their own! Love this organization and I look forward to my "shopping visit" each semester!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms has been a Godsend. It helps with school supplies for my school. We are a low income school in a poor area of town. The students benefit by having access to badly needed school supplies. Many times I am amazed at the generosity shown by so many vendors. Without Crayons to Classrooms the supplies would be coming out of our pockets which aren't very deep to begin with. Thank you to Crayons to Classrooms for building a rapport with so many wonderful vendors and offering us the help we so desperately need.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teacher in Dayton, Ohio, I am so thankful for all Crayons to Classrooms does to benefit my students. From pencils to binders and so much more, through the generosity of this organization, I am able to provide what my students need to thrive in my classroom. C2C makes it easy for teachers to shop twice a year in their free store. I always return to school the next day with an unbelievable "haul." Thank you for removing barriers and supporting students and teachers to be the best we can be!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teacher in Dayton, Ohio, Crayons to Classrooms feels like Christmas for school supplies. Of all charity and volunteer events/groups that I participate in each year, Crayons to Classrooms is a group that I always support and appreciate the most! I cannot thank those who support Crayons to Classroom enough in helping my classroom with extra needed school supplies.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an amazing program that helps many local school teachers and students. They have been able to give an opportunity for school teachers to 'shop' 100% free of charge for school supplies to use within their classroom. I have just finished my 5th shopping trip in 3 years and can't even begin to express how thankful I am for all of the items I use throughout the year that I get from Crayons to Classrooms. Because of Crayons to Classrooms, none of my students have to be embarrassed about not having school supplies because they can simply go grab what they need from the supplies I've gained through Crayons to Classroom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Crayons to Classrooms program provides great school supplies to schools who need them. The selection is awesome, and I really enjoy looking at the "suggested project" ideas they lay out to give you possible project ideas.
Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is a great organization! I get many things for my classroom and school that I would not normally be able to supply or afford. It is a huge help!

Melissa222

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms helps supply my classroom with much needed items. Many students come without school supplies in my district, so I regularly spent my own money on class sets of everything from glue sticks to folders. Now that I can pick up supplies at Crayons, I am able to spend more time and money on other things for the students.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach in a school district in which many/most students do not bring their own supplies to school and our teacher resources are very limited. Crayons to Classrooms has been a terrific supplement to the items I purchase for students and my classroom in general. Having them as a resource has helped my students to be able to complete projects, have book bags, and added to our classroom books. For some students, I have been able to supply hats and gloves in the winter for those who are without.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are so helpful for teachers. Giving just a little helps so much!