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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 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

238 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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.

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!