Crayons to the Classroom

Organization that helps students and teachers!

This is how it all started..


In 2006, a group of Dayton businesses and nonprofit organizations researched “free stores” for teachers across the United States. They learned that 38 resource centers support student learning by collecting surplus, close-out, and other useful materials for distribution to classroom teachers in schools serving lower-income families.

These civic leaders decided to establish Crayons to Classrooms. The IRS certified DC2C as a nonprofit organization in March 2008.They have a warehouse, retail, and office space at 1511 Kuntz Road in Dayton. This location provides over 12,000 square feet of warehouse storage, retail store space, office space, use of a telephone system and technology network, access to a fleet of trucks for pick-up services, and materials handling and unloading services.They opened there doors to teachers from selected schools in January, 2009.


There ultimate goal is to serve teachers and students in 88 Dayton area schools where more than 70% of the students live at or below poverty.

Rachel Blanks's 4th Grade Class

This video is about young kids getting supplies from Crayons to the Classroom

Mission Statement

The mission statement for the non-profit organization Crayons to Classroom is to help teachers get school supplies for students who cannot afford to buy them.

Crayons to classroom Pictures

Interesting Facts


In January 2009:

  • Served 23 schools in low-income areas
  • Served 1,043 teacher and also served more than 21,478 students
  • $499 spent on the average teacher shopping visit
  • 520,685 worth of merchandise was distributed to classrooms
  • 467 community volunteers

Created By:

Ashley Plummer and Deshawnna Exilus.We made this flyer for our health project.Hope you enjoyed it!