Crayons to Calculators collects and distributes 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 multi-district school supply drive managed through a collaborative partnership between Impact on Education and the St. Vrain Valley Education Foundation. Our efforts help ensure 11,000 students in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts start the school year with the supplies they need for a successful and strong academic year.
CRAYONS TO CALCULATORS STARTING STRONG WITH A $10,000 MATCHING GRANT
Our longstanding Crayons to Calculators program, generously supported by Western Disposal, needs your help to ensure that 11,000 Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley students pre-K through 12th grade start school in August well-equipped for success! This year, maybe more than any other, students will need our assistance, and Crayons to Calculators is ready for the […]
Back to School still means Crayons to Calculators!
Our long-running Crayons to Calculators program, sponsored by Western Disposal, is a heavy lift each summer. Before school starts each August, we provide school supplies to 11,000 students in need across the Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District with the help of hundreds of volunteers logging thousands of hours and dozens of supply […]
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.
Sponsorship is a great way to show your company’s support of public education. Please contact Darcy for more information.
How to Help
Thank you for your interest in Crayons to Calculators! Here is how you can get involved:
Make a corporate, organizational, or personal monetary donation online
Volunteer your business as an official monetary donation site
Organize a monetary donation drive within your service organization, company or social networking group
Become a program sponsor
Help us purchase prepackaged supplies at wholesale prices!
With our wholesale partners, we are able to purchase more supplies, stretching your dollars further. Please know that:
$500 = 20 filled High School backpacks
$250 = 10 filled Middle School backpacks
$100 = 5 filled Elementary backpacks
$50 = 3 filled K-2 backpacks
$20 = 2 filled Preschool backpacks
For cash or check donations, please mail to:
Crayons to Calculators
721 Front Street, Suite A
Louisville, CO 80027
We have modified our program substantially to ensure the health and safety of our community and volunteers. This means that we are unable to accept donated supplies this year and will instead need to purchase all of the supplies prepackaged from our wholesale provider. If you are in a position to make a financial contribution please consider making a donation to Crayons to Calculators. Without the support of individuals like you, we will not be able to provide these critical resources to those in need.
We have modified our program substantially to ensure the health and safety of our community and volunteers. This means that we will not have volunteer opportunities this year and will instead need to purchase all of the supplies prepackaged from our wholesale provider. If you are in a position to make a financial contribution please consider making a donation to Crayons to Calculators. Without the support of individuals like you, we will not be able to provide these critical resources to those in need.
Without volunteer opportunities or supply drives this year, there are two ways you can help:
Make a financial contribution that we will use to purchase supplies at wholesale prices
Host a monetary donation drive for your friends, colleagues, family, & community members
Please note that we have modified our program to ensure the health and safety of our community and volunteers and will not be accepting donated supplies this year. We will be purchasing all supplies prepackaged from our wholesale provider.
We are able to provide supplies for students throughout Boulder, Broomfield and Weld County due to the generosity of our community. Please consider making your business a monetary collection site for the Crayons to Calculators program. We will provide you with a toolkit to communicate your commitment to the Crayons to Calculators program with your customers. 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 donation drive! We will help you set it up and provide you with a toolkit to make the drive a huge success!
For businesses in Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Superior, Broomfield & Mountain Locations, please contact Darcy Morel or call 303-524-3865
For businesses in Longmont, Erie, Frederick, Firestone, Niwot & Lyons, please contact Michelle Phelan at 970-227-1859.
This year, with health and safety as our top priorities, we’re organizing collection sites with contactless drive-through for families in need of backpacks. We will also work directly with families unable to go to a collection site. Supplies will be distributed in August. Updates will continue to be provided.
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 supplies 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 supplies 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 supplies.
We will have a limited supply 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