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Crayons to Classrooms

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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: 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

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been donating to this organization for several years and am amazed what a great place this for teachers. I don't know what the kids would do without this group!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Crayons to classrooms is a wonderful organization! Our school receives so many supplies from Crayons to classrooms every year. Since our school is an inner-city school, our students really benefit from these supplies.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The "store" is very nicely organized and easy to "shop" my students and I need and use everything, we get. Most of my students do not have supplies, this really helps our classroom.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a teacher that gets the privilege of visiting this organization. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The volunteers are always ready to assist and I get much needed school supplies for my students. I look forward to visiting Crayons to Classrooms. I know that the entire staff at my school enjoys their visits.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work for Dayton Public Schools and was told staff could go to C2C to gather needed materials. I was able to get several items that I could disperse to the children I serve. The staff were friendly and helpful and the materials were ones that benefitted the kids.