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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

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.

1

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. :)

1

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!

2

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!

1

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!

1

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

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2

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!

1

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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1

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.

1

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!

1

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.