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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 2017, we have distributed over $12.2M in supplies during 13,730 teacher shopping visits to teachers from 90 schools.

Target demographics: get school supplies to students who live at or below the federal poverty level.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 90 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 through the 2015-2016 school year, we have provided school supplies that are essential to academic success - at no cost to students' teachers, families, or schools. Over $9.6 in supplies have been distributed to 83 schools during 11,555 teacher "shopping visits." During the 2016-2017 school year, teachers from 90 schools will visit Crayons to Classrooms to pick up free supplies to return to their classrooms and their students who need them.

Community Stories

254 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

Previous Stories

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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

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!!

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. :)

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!

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

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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!!!