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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: 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 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

258 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!

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!

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!

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

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