The Springfield Community Health Foundation provides funding to Crayons to Classrooms to support Clark County teachers. With this funding, teachers from 21 schools in Clark County will continue to visit our Teacher Resource Center for free. Teachers that shop at C2C receive an average of $772 in supplies for their students per visit, and may shop twice per year, taking essential supplies back to their classrooms.
Last school year, C2C distributed 63,749 masks and 14,514 packages of disinfecting wipes. With additional funding, C2C will continue providing hygiene items that are needed to keep kids and teachers healthy and in school.
“Working in an urban district has many challenges, and one of those challenges is that our families do not have the funds to send their children to school with basic supplies… without these supplies, teachers like me often spend our own money to make sure our students don’t go without,” shares Ms. Bates, teacher at Simon Kenton Elementary, about the need for these free products and supplies. “Crayons to Classrooms not only offers supplies to help families and teachers, but they also donated hundreds of boxes of Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, masks, and paper towels to help keep our schools safe during Covid19.”
The Community Health Foundation’s mission is to preserve reproductive services, to promote health and wellness, and to advocate for quality healthcare through grant making and education in Clark and Champaign Counties. Funds from the Springfield Community Health Foundation ensure that the C2C Teacher Resource Center is stocked with health and hygiene products for Clark County teachers.
Crayons to Classrooms also provides mental health supports for teachers to use in the classrooms such as journals that allow older children to write about their feelings, and emotion sliders, which allow younger students to identify their feelings using pictures and build empathy by understanding others’ feelings. In addition, C2C partnered with ThinkTV to distribute more social emotional learning curriculum, based on the PBS show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.