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Review for Crayons to Classrooms, Dayton, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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