Crayons to Classrooms is a valuable educational partner that gives students the resources they need to succeed while fostering a sense of community among teachers. At our free store, teachers can shop for all of the supplies they need, without having to spend their hard-earned money.
What will you need to know before your shopping trip? What special rules and considerations apply for our teacher guests? Read our list of shopping guidelines that will help make your visit worry-free.
In order for a school to be eligible for our program, 60 percent of the school’s students must be participants in the National School Lunch Program. Is your school eligible?
Are you a teacher at a local childcare center? We may be able to help you too. To learn if Crayons to Classrooms can provide assistance for your childcare center, please fill out this short application.
Teachers are vital to our mission of getting supplies into the hands of the students who need it most. That’s why we want to make your shopping experience as easy as possible. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions from teachers. If you have a question that isn’t addressed here, or would simply like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
C2C schools are determined by the free and reduced lunch percentage reported by the Ohio Department of Education. Schools that meet 60% or above free and reduced lunch will be reviewed by our School Advisory Committee. New schools will be added for the following school year, once determined eligible. Schools that are listed as rural by the Ohio Department of Education are added based on median income. Our School Advisory Committee reviews potential rural schools. New schools will be added for the following school year once determined eligible.
No. You must be added to the C2C staff list for your school before you will have access to our teacher portal and be able to schedule a shop.
When you visit the teacher portal, click “Forgot your password?” to reset.
Yes! If you would like to volunteer to shop, you can bring another friend or family member to volunteer with you to help you earn your shop. A shop is earned from a total of 5 volunteer hours.
Your school is listed as inactive because we are still waiting on your school’s paperwork for the current school year. We require paperwork to be completed by each eligible school every school year.
Dates fill up quickly! Try clicking to a future month to see more available dates. If you still do not see dates available, please contact us.
New childcare centers are determined through an application process. If you do not see your center, please apply. Childcare centers will be reviewed by our School Advisory Committee. New childcare centers will be added for the following school year once determined eligible.
No. Only certified teachers at eligible schools are invited to shop. This includes principals, assistant principals, general education teachers, intervention specialists, and specials teachers such as physical education, music and art teachers.
We shop during the months of August-November and January-May.
We are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 pm – 6 pm and one Saturday a month from 8:30 am – 11:30 am.
No. Children are not allowed to shop with you. If you need to reschedule due to childcare, you can login to our teacher portal to cancel or modify your shop.
Once your teacher representative/principal adds you to the C2C staff list, you will receive login information for our teacher portal. You must be added to this list for C2C to confirm you are a new teacher at an eligible school.
You can earn an additional shopping trip at C2C by volunteering in our shop or encouraging your friends to volunteer with us. You can earn a shopping visit for as little as 5 hours of volunteer time.
Crayons to Classrooms highlights a need for schools that serve low income students. They stock a wide variety of school supplies that teachers can then come and "shop" for (all for free). Many people have heard that teachers spend their own money to provide things that their students need. This nonprofit has opened the eyes of the citizens of Dayton, OH, and allowed the community to take this burden off teachers' shoulders. The office and store are well-run and the staff excellent. A model organization.