Families spend an average of $75 for each child’s school supplies. There are over 8,000 local students living in or near poverty who often go without these essentials.
Crayons to Calculators is a multi-district school supply distribution that ensures 8,000 students in the Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School Districts start the school year with the supplies they need for a successful and strong academic year. The program is managed through a collaborative partnership between Impact on Education and the St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation.
How You Can 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 via the form below
Your financial contribution will help us purchase prepackaged supplies for preschool, elementary, middle and high school students. Through our wholesale partners, we’re able to purchase more supplies, stretching your dollars further.
For cash or check donations, please mail to:
Impact on Education
c/o Crayons to Calculators
721 Front Street, Suite A
Louisville, CO 80027
Sponsor Crayons to Calculators
This program relies on the generosity of businesses and individuals in our greater communities to equip students in financial need.
Our community partners help to ensure that all 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.
To help us reach our increased monetary goal, we need more help from our community! Local partners are stepping up to help us by hosting mini-campaigns within their organizations and networks.
The Crayons to Calculators Community Challenge kicks off on July 18, 2022.
We’ve created fun and easy ways for you to show your support and to help raise funds for Crayons to Calculators! Our goal is to work with our community partners, friends and neighbors to raise $25,000 to purchase backpacks filled with school supplies for preschool, elementary, middle and high school students in need.
We're grateful to the individuals, families and community organizations who support students across Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District. It’s because of you we’re able to make sure every student starts the school year with everything they need for a strong academic year.
We’re challenging the community to raise $25,000 for back-to-school supplies
Especially right now as inflation hits its highest level in four decades, times are tight for families and we know that many will struggle with back-to-school expenses for their children this fall.
This year, we’re excited to share that our friends at Google have pledged to match all donations made by June 30th up to $10,000. Crayons to Calculators has never depended more on community, individual, and corporate donations. Will you help us make the match and raise $20,000 for school supplies?
This year’s Crayons to Calculators program will operate similarly to 2021, without the community collecting school supplies or volunteering to assemble backpacks. While we love that element of the program, we have health and safety as our top priorities and will be distributing the backpacks and supplies in pre-packaged kits directly through Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley schools.
The contents of each new backpack varies by district and grade level and school district, but are based on supply lists that schools provide. Based on grade level, backpacks include supplies like headphones, crayons, markers, pencils, pens, notebooks, binders, watercolors and brushes, glue, rulers, scissors, folders and more!
This program serves low-income students in the Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District whose families cannot afford to buy school supplies. Any student in need in one of these district schools should contact their school to learn how they can get a backpack full of school supplies.
There are over 8,000 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, approximately $75 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 opportunity 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.
School supply kits. headphones and backpacks will be delivered to the Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District in early August. Materials will be delivered directly to local schools for distribution.
If you have or know of students in need of assistance, please contact their school to learn how they can get a backpack and school supplies.