Crayons to Calculators collects and distributes new backpacks and school supplies to ensure that Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley students head back to school with the tools they need to succeed.
Crayons to Calculators is a collaborative partnership between Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, serving St. Vrain Valley School District, and Impact on Education, serving Boulder Valley School District. Our efforts support over 11,000 students in need each year.
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Western Disposal: Crayons to Calculators champion
Crayons to Calculators proudly announces Western Disposal Services as the title sponsor to our county-wide collaborative school supply drive which provides fully stocked backpacks to the students in need in Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts.
Welcome to our Crayons to Calculators Coordinators –Parker and Madeline!
The 2019 Crayons to Calculators school supply drive is off to a great start with our two Site Coordinators! C2C welcomes back Parker Nicholas to our St. Vrain location and welcomes newcomer, Madeline Chandler to the Boulder Valley site.
With the incredible partnership among Impact on Education, Education Foundation of the St. Vrain Valley, and both Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts, the Crayons to Calculators program is a key component in tackling the achievement gap most schools in Colorado face.
Sponsorship is a great way to show your company’s support of public education. Please contact Chris for more information.
How to Help
Thank you for your interest in Crayons to Calculators! Here is how you can get involved:
Donate a backpack full of supplies
Make a corporate, organizational, or personal monetary donation online
Volunteer your business as an official backpack and school supply collection site
Sign up for a volunteer shift
Organize a supply drive within your service organization, company or social networking group
Become a program sponsor
With our access to wholesale prices, we are able to purchase more supplies, stretching your dollars further.
For cash or check donations, please mail to
Crayons to Calculators
721 Front Street, Suite A
Louisville, CO 80027
Please know that:
$500 = 10 full Pre School backpacks
$250 = 1 family prepared with supplies
$100 = 6 scientific calculators
$75 = 1 full backpack
$50 = 50 spiral notebooks
$20 = 20 boxes of crayons
$10 = 250 pencils
IT ALL ADDS UP!
There are over 11,000 students in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts whose families do not have the financial means to purchase basic school supplies. Not having the necessary supplies for classwork and homework has a dramatic effect on student learning and contributes to the achievement gap.
Your support has a direct, tangible, and profound impact on over 11,000 local students.
Donate a backpack! It’s as easy as 1-2-3…
Buy a new backpack.
Fill it with new supplies from our district generated supply list.
Drop the backpack at one of our conveniently located collection sites between June 24th and July 27th:
Of course, we’ll take whatever you can provide! Bring new and unused loose supplies or empty backpacks, too.
Note: We also accept donations year-round for Crayons to Calculators at Impact on Education: 721 Front Street, Suite A, Louisville, CO 80027. Call ahead to schedule a time to drop off supplies: 303-524-3865
Questions? Contact Madeline Chandler, Project Manager for Crayons to Calculators or call 303.524.3865
Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the Crayons to Calculators program! Come on your own, with the family or as group! We have many options! Tasks at our packing site include sorting supplies, restocking assembly lines, packing backpacks, inventory counting, boxing up the backpacks for each of the schools and loading and unloading supply delivery vehicles.
Boulder Area Volunteers Needed
Distribute Collect Materials to Sites (must have a car): June 17th-21st
Organize and set up the packing site: June 26th-28th
Pack Backpacks and organize supplies: July 2nd – August 2nd
New Vista High School
700 20th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Children under 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Volunteer shifts in Boulder are Monday-Thursday 10am–12pm and 1pm–3pm.
For questions or more information about volunteering in the Boulder area please contact Madeline Chandler or call 303.524.3865
If you have any questions specifically about the Longmont and St. Vrain Valley School District operations, please contact The Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley at email@example.com or by phone 720-652-8208.
Attend a Community Fundraiser
No events currently scheduled
If you are a business who would like to host a Dine and Donate fundraiser for Crayons to Calculators, please contact Chris
We are able to fill 11,000 backpacks for students throughout Boulder County due to the generosity of our community. Please consider making your business a collection site for the Crayons to Calculators program. We will provide you with a collection box, signage, and fliers. Your business will be listed on our website as a collection site.
Not a business with public access but want to get involved? Host an internal company-wide supply drive! We will help you set it up and provide you with the necessary tools to make the drive a huge success!
For businesses in Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, Broomfield & Mountain Locations, please contact Madeline Chandler or call 303-524-3865
For businesses in Longmont, Erie, Frederick, Firestone, Niwot & Lyons, please contact Michelle Phelan at 720-203-0236
There are over 11,000 students in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts who qualify for free and reduced lunch—an indicator of poverty. The cost of basic school supplies ($60–$80 per student), presents a financial burden for many of these families. Crayons to Calculators aims to cut that cost and move one step closer to eliminating the achievement gap that persists between low-income students and their higher-income peers. Starting the year with school supplies is a critical first step to helping boost or sustain a student’s academic performance. It also enables schools to operate more effectively.
Crayons to Calculators is jointly operated by two local nonprofits. Since it is a collaboration—and not a stand-alone organization—it is not its own nonprofit. The collaboration holds Impact on Education to be its fiduciary, or agent of a principal, which serves as a go-to for tax and financial purposes. All donations are tax-deductible, and tax receipts will be issued by Impact on Education.
Program partners are Impact on Education and the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley. Our beneficiaries are students of the St. Vrain Valley School District and the Boulder Valley School District. We work closely with both districts for the necessary school supply needs and quantities. We also provide backpacks to partner agencies that serve our students directly such as the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, Family Learning Center, ELPASO, and Boulder Housing Partners.
Yes, and we will send you a receipt for your tax deductible gift. Your financial contribution allows us to purchase supplies directly from wholesale school suppliers. Please send your contribution to Crayons to Calculators – 721 Front Street, Suite A, Louisville, CO 80027.
All backpacks collected through the Crayons to Calculators program are delivered directly to the schools in BVSD and SVVSD at the beginning of August as well as to our nonprofit partners. Each school and nonprofit agency then distributes the backpacks to students on an individual basis. If you are a family in need of assistance, please contact your child’s school to learn how to pick up a backpack.
We will have a limited supply of backpacks at the Impact on Education office in Louisville. Please call ahead to schedule a time to come by. We have a limited supply throughout the school year. 303-524-3965