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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

238 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

C2C is an amazing experience! Teachers spend so much of their own money on their classrooms, and C2C allows them to get some of their most needed things for free! Words are never enough to say thank you to Crayons to Classrooms for what they do for teachers in our community!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an awesome resource for teachers! Teachers spend so much money on our students, and it is nice to have such a great resource as this to help us out. It is great to be able to get brand new supplies that we can give to our students and or use in our classrooms! Everyone there is always very nice and helpful, and they are very organized too!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Everyone there is friendly and helpful! The kids I teach have the items they need and I'm able to reward them for great things they do with fun and useful items!
Such a blessing!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Super charity bar none!
The students were able to utilize assignments from workbooks.
The back packs for students without them were right on time!
Just a super organization and facility in terms of giving back to the community and urban schools.
Thank you very much.
Kudos to C2C!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly enjoy teaching inner city kids from Dayton Public Schools as I myself was a child raised in inner city Chicago, IL. I grew up near the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Very rough part of time at the
time with many street gangs.
As a child in a large household we did not have extra money for school supplies.
I remember using paper bags to do my Third Grade Science Project on as we could not afford
to buy a poster board. I remember my teacher giving me credit for my efforts despite the teasing
I received from my peers.
Crayons2Classroom does an excellent job in supplying us teachers with materials that we
normally would buy for out students that are very much like I was during my childhood.
Education is the answer to level the playing field for such children, but we need the help of
the community to make it happen!
I thank each and everyone of our sponsors and encourage my church members, family, and friends
to support Crayons2Classroom. Even if it means signing up with your Kroger Plus Card and
choosing Crayons2Classroom as your organization of choice!
Thank you for helping to supply my Second Grade Classroom so we can do some neat projects
without the worry of funding.
We teachers are really not paid what we are worth, but we still purchase many supplies to help
prepare our children for some of the competition they will face in life.
We are the creators of the future and I am extremely happy our Creator gave me this gift to teach!
Maria Rivera
Second Grade Educator
Ruskin Pre-K-8th School
Dayton, OH 45410

1 Amy's S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a relief to know that I will have help supplying my students with basic supplies like pencils, paper, and glue each semester. It is amazing to have bigger items (backpacks and binders) supplied. It is a treat to be able to give students body wash and books. It is an adventure to find things like compacts with mirrors, string, and poster paper and find ways to use them in my Physics class.

I look forward to shopping at Crayons to Classrooms. My classroom wouldn't be the same without their support.When I watch students leave the building each day and see the sea of blue plaid backpacks, it really hits home how many students they touch.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This has been my second year going to Crayons to classroom and I have to admit that everything there has been so useful for my students. I feel this is a wonderful opportunity for teachers but more for the students. As for the donors thank you and for Crayons to Classroom thank you for that connection in helping. God Bless and may you keep on going and helping the community.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been working for a local school in the Dayton area. Many of the students we serve need school supplies, and they don't have the funds to purchase these supplies on their own. I'm able to shop at Crayons to Classrooms and get these much needed supplies for my students. Without these generous donations, our students would not have the most basic and essential supplies to be successful in school. Thanks a million!

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Crayons to Classrooms is one of the most needed, desired, and helpful organizations for teachers in our area! They provide teachers and students with supplies needed to successfully educate or by educated. The staff are always friendly and helpful and go out of their way to assure that we receive items which will be beneficial to our students. I am so grateful that we have an organization in our community which continues to place education at the top of their list!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Crayons to Classrooms organization is heaven sent!! The supplies that they provide to our students allow them to be successful in their everyday school work! The students are thrilled to own their own supplies; it shows in their sense of pride! the volunteers are absolutely amazing!!! I do wish there were more supplies for physical education teachers, however. We work with the entire school population, as well as service the recess needs of the entire school and are often times woefully underfunded!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a school teacher for Dayton Public City Schools. I have had the opportunity to shop at Crayons to Classrooms on 3 different occassions. I'm not sure I can explain how much it helps me or how much it helps the students or how much it helps me help the familes and the students. Most students who I serve can't afford bookbags or paper or even pencils. Being able to provide students with the basic needs of pencils and paper aids in their learning and my ability to teach them. Providing students with materials allows them to feel important and cared about in ways above and beyond a hug or a smile. I feel it's a lifeline for their future. I often mention to them and fellow teachers that it starts with a pencils and ends with a career. Pencils and paper, a caring teacher with a lesson to share, the basic tools of love and education a push in the right direction, the knowledge and the power to make a change from the current condition leads to better grades and a better chance to make it to college and into a career. Thanks so much for your time, your concern, your suport and your help.

Beth Roper

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a high school librarian in Dayton and haven't had a decent budget in three years. My visits to Crayons to Classrooms enables me to not only meet the needs of students when they have projects, but also to have unique incentives to promote reading. The Thirty One bags are super appealing to the student, and the volunteers are always helpful and courteous.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is a very important resource to both myself and my students. I am an art teacher in a Pre-K-8 building in Dayton Public Schools. I am very proud of all 520 of my students. Each of my kiddos have benefited from the shopping trips I get to make each year. Pencils, crayons, paper, glue, paint, brushes, and markers are wonderful for our art making adventures. I often leave with unexpected items that make great prizes and incentives. Each shopping trip is a happy experience, I always leave with fresh energy and the spark I need to stay creative!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a high school English teacher in Dayton and Crayons to Classrooms has been such a help. Spending our own money on classroom supplies is very difficult. To be able to get pencils and notebooks for the students, and even backpacks for those students who have no backpacks or whose backpacks are falling apart is great! I am even able to use workbooks and novels from the center to help my students improve their reading and writing. I am always amazed by how helpful the volunteers are and all of the supplies that I can get without them being a financial burden to myself.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classroom is amazing! Such a valuable resource!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms has been a vital part of my Special Education teaching/ministry experience. As a special needs teacher, I routinely use my own money to help fund our academic and extracurricular activities. I have used supplies donated to me from Crayons to Classrooms for holiday activities such as the milk carton Gingerbread houses. (They donated some foam trays that we used as the foundation/base of the house). They also have donated paint, felt, buttons for gingerbread man/woman noises and homemade ornaments. We have used their chair bags to hold our supplies while we are in the classroom.

Utilizing the supplies donated to me from Crayons to Classrooms has enriched my special students academic and social goals. I am very grateful to have them as a sponsor in my students lives. Thanks

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons To Classrooms is best non-profit in the Dayton area to benefit teachers and students. Crayons to Classrooms is a magical place where teachers are connected with supplies that our low income students do not bring to school including bookbags, crayons, pencils, bookbags, erasers, folders, notebooks, binders, etc to complete their school work, but also items that teachers need to make a classroom run such as tape, staples, post-its, wipes, etc. A visit to Crayons to Classroom is like a gift for all Dayton area teachers and I proud to say they are in my twon!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crayons To Classroom is an amazing organization that provides all kinds of supplies for teachers. As a teacher in an urban school district, I often have students who cannot afford their school supplies. Crayons To Classrooms has helped the students in our school get the supplies they need including things like backpacks, pencils, paper, folders and so much more.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Going to Crayons2Classrooms is a wonderful experience. It provides an opportunity for me to "shop" for materials that benefit my students in ways that would not be possible on my own. They provide materials for projects, rewards, and students personal use (backpacks, clothing, etc.). The staff and volunteers are always encouraging, helpful, and positive. The system they use is organized and effective. The last time I shopped and had my students write and send thank you notes to the monthly donor, we received a beautiful and heartfelt reply from one of the recipients. Knowing that they enjoy donating for the good of the students make the experience even better.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a magnificent nonprofit that supplies high need schools with materials for the students and classrooms. Crayons 2 Classrooms has allowed me to provide needed materials for my students: everything from pencils to notebooks to bookbags. The volunteers are friendly and helpful, the "store" is clean and organized, and my experiences have always been positive. The donors are angels! The entire process from reserving a shopping date to shopping and writing our thank you letters is very user friendly.