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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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

After over 20 years in the for-profit arena working in distribution and manufacturing, I had the opportunity to join Crayons to Classrooms in February 2016 as its Operations Manager.

Having never worked in the non-profit sector, I had no real idea what to expect, except the mission of the organization really piqued my interest. My experience has been wonderful, for two reasons.

First, the mission. To be able to use my experience and professional knowledge to help local teachers, and with that, have a positive impact on local students has been extremely rewarding. Knowing that what I do each day at Crayons to Classrooms helps enhance the lives of these people is exceedingly fulfilling.

Second, the staff. I have never worked with such a positive, encouraging, and helpful group. From the Executive Director, Steve Rubenstein, to the employees, to all the volunteers, it is great to come to work each day and be involved with such a tremendous crew.

I look forward to many more years with this organization and helping it to continue to grow and fulfill its mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first began teaching in Dayton, I was new to the area. I often drove to school through the area neighborhood and was shocked by the number of students walking the streets to and from school. I quickly began to recognize different school uniforms and being able to identify which school students were attending based on their uniform. The one thing I couldn't make sense of, was why so many students had the same backpack. I figured it must be some cultural trend I was unfamiliar with, but every day I noticed many students carrying the exact same pack. A few weeks later, I was fortunate to visit Crayons to Classrooms to get supplies for my classroom. While there I was given several backpacks that matched the ones I saw every day. It then dawned on me, all the children I see out on the streets, either walking home or catching public transit, aren't carrying the backpacks because they are part of trend. Instead, these are children, that without the services of Crayons to Classrooms would be walking without a backpack. It is very obvious to see the impact of this service, just driving through neighborhoods in our community. This organization makes a difference, not just in my building, but on the community as a whole.

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.

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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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.

Penny J H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is providing such a great service to provide school supplies to students in the area whose families cannot afford to purchase the school supplies they need. During the summer I received calls almost every day from parents asking how they can get school supplies for their kids. It is so satisfying to tell them that there is help available and to solve that problem that is burdening them and their children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms help provide needed resources to all my students. I truly appreciate everyone who donates and volunteers. My out of pocket expense seems to grow each school year, however, Crayons to Classrooms makes it a little easier. I passed out some of the supplies to students and they thought it was wonderful. They were so excited. Thank you for everything.

Ms. V

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is a great place for Educators to get supplies for the classsroom! This help tremendously from having to spend on these items! Great selections to choose from!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to classrooms has allowed me to use my resources towards other fun rewards in my classroom. I am able to go out and shop for school supplies that my students would not have due to there families financial ability. It makes my students happy and feel proud that items can be provided for them just like the other student in the class.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is an awesome nonprofit! I am so thankful for the supplies and support they have provided for my school to help our students have what they need to succeed!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms is by far my favorite nonprofit! I have been teaching for 10 years and the last 2 I have been an eligible teacher to enjoy the many benefits of what this program has to offer! They are always helpful, friendly, and extremely organized! They make it possible for my students to have classroom materials they may not be able to afford on their own! Love this organization and I look forward to my "shopping visit" each semester!!

Lynda24

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my life as a teacher, - I've taught for 28 yrs. - there are few things that have warmed my heart more than the gracious people who show such generosity through their donations that we get free of charge. Sometimes teaching can be a thankless job, but Crayons to Classrooms always feels like a great, big THANK YOU! I work in a school where 99% of the students are at or below the poverty level. So often, they come without basic items they need, but because of Crayons to Classrooms, they have everything they need, and it doesn't come out of my pocket! Thank so much! You are a God-sent blessing!

Patty60

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent!!

I have worked with organizations that give teachers a stipend. This is the first experience, even when asked, where no stipend was mentioned. I appreciate the opportunity to shop and noticed all the loyal supporters in Montgomery County. Thank you as I look forward to shopping this next semester...

Sincerely,

Fourth grade Teacher
Dayton , Ohio

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classrooms consistently provides excellent selections of materials for use in classrooms and superb support staff, mostly volunteers, who are helpful and knowledgeable. The organization provides critically needed supplies to students who need and appreciate them. They are wonderful!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for Crayons to Classrooms. They provide great supplies and material to benefit my students each and every day!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have had the opportunity to be able to benefit from this wonderful program. This program allows me and fellow colleagues to receive school supplies that are desperately needed in the classroom. I was able to shop for pencils, crayons, rulers, notebooks, and even book bags. These items are always needed in the classrooms so the shopping trips from Crayons to Classrooms really help out a lot. It's a wonderful program and our school World of Wonder is very blessed to be a part of the program. I want to take this time to thank all the sponsors from the community for all your support.

God bless you all,
Lois Bradley
World of Wonder
4th Grade Teacher

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crayons to Classroom is a fantastic nonprofit organization that I could not do without. They have many items for students and teachers that are vey useful. I am a special education teacher, who continuously buys supplies for the children. The items donated to this nonprofit organization helps to defray some of my costs. Businesses and other types of organizations donate crayons, paper, pencils, books, notebooks, journals, bookbags, poster board, post-it notes, cleaning supplies, etc. Thanks to all the businesses and organizations who make our teaching experiences worthwhile. Keep up what you're doing.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Many of the students I serve in my building are from families experiencing economic difficulties. As a consequence, many of these same students do not come to school prepared with the proper resources to be successful. It is a joy to have an organization like Crayons to Classrooms that provides teachers like myself with free supplies to give to children in need, and I fully understand this would not be possible without the contributions of many individuals and companies who donate the items to Crayons to Classrooms. Thank you to everyone involved and to future sponsors for your generosity and concern.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a principal and my teachers have benefitted from Crayons to Classrooms for years. They are one of the kindest and most helpful organizations for teachers in our area. Teachers regularly spend much of their own money on supplies to benefit students weekly. The opportunity to shop at Crayons to Classrooms helps ease the financial burden that many teachers face. We are very appreciative of Crayons to Classrooms.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am a teacher and I have been to Crayons for Classroom about 4 times. My experience has been nothing but GREAT! The materials that we are given for our classrooms and students is WONDERFUL. I really appreciate all the donors and the items they provide. My students really benefit from the school supplies I bring back to the classroom. The volunteers who work for Crayons for Classrooms are friendly, helpful and very patient. This is a Great experience.
Thank You

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It wonderful experience. My students benefited from this wonderful experience