Crayons to Calculators

School supplies for students in need

School Supply List

Provide a full backpack to a student in need.

Click for a printable PDF copy of the school supply list.

School Supply LIst 2015

Donate a Backpack Today


Please consider making a cash donation online or donating a backpack filled with supplies.

Check out the complete School Supply List to fill a backpack for the upcoming school year.

How it works: Pick a grade level, buy all the supplies on that list, place the supplies into a new backpack, and drop off the backpack at one of  the Crayons to Calculators collection sites located throughout the region.

Thanks so much for your interest in helping students in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts.

Check out other ways to get involved with Crayons to Calculators!

Take the Community Challenge

Community Challenge Crayons to Calculators

Join the Community Challenge!

Every year, as part of the supply drive, we organize a friendly competition amongst local companies and community groups. We call it the Community Challenge. Community and business groups raise funds for school supplies and fill backpacks on behalf of their groups.  Learn more about the Community Challenge!

2013 Community Challenge Winners

2013 Community Challenge Winners

Take the Crayons to Calculators Community Challenge!

Register your company today to participate in providing students with the supplies they need to succeed.

Trash Bash

Thank you Western for another wonderful evening at Trash Bash

Check out all the photos from the event here

Trash Bash is a fund raising event to benefit Crayons to Calculators.  This year, Western Disposal, its employees, vendors, customers and generous others raised over $120,000 in support of Crayons to Calculators.  As a result of Trash Bash, thousands of children will receive backpacks full of schools supplies, bringing us that much closer to reaching our goal of providing over 9,000 backpacks to children in need throughout the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts.


Congratulations Western Disposal!

The Education Foundation of the St. Vrain Valley (EFSVV) awarded Western Disposal Services with the 2012 Bravo Award for their exceptional contributions to the Crayons to Calculators program benefiting thousands of St. Vrain Valley School District students.  EFSVV president Ben Bigelow said, “Since 2008, Western Disposal has been a sponsor of the Crayons to Calculators school supply program.  Their incredible 125 employees have committed over $400,000 to help provide backpacks full of school supplies to students in need in both the St. Vrain and Boulder Valley school districts. Over the years they have raised funds through their Trash Bash gala, Shred-It Days, chili cook-offs, burrito sales, a staff boxing match, and employee payroll deductions. In 2011, their efforts resulted in nearly 8,000 backpacks full of school supplies being available to students.”  Western Disposal employees Dan Powers and Deb Dabkowski were on hand to receive the award on behalf of Western Disposal Services.

EFSVV Executive Director Kathy Hall commented, “Not only have these industry leaders made an enormous investment in the District; their commitment will have a long lasting impact on our community as a whole. The Bravo Award is a way to recognize what we all know – that it takes a village to educate and prepare our students for future success. None of us can do it alone.”

The Bravo Award was established in 2011 by EFSVV to formally recognize the exceptional contributions of the school district’s outstanding business partners. The Bravo Award plaque reads, “in recognition of exemplary leadership, outstanding collaboration and innovative contributions to the St. Vrain Valley School District. Your commitment to our students and teachers truly makes a difference in bringing the highest level of academic achievement to within the reach of all our students.”

Volunteers Make It Happen!

Volunteers Make It Happen!

Without the countless volunteer hours provided by hundreds of generous community members at the end of each summer, we would not be able to fill the thousands of backpacks with precious school supplies for students in need.

Whether as individuals, families, businesses, or groups, our volunteers come together at our warehouse to fill backpacks.

To find out about our 2012 volunteer opportunities, click here or contact Elizabeth Schubert.

Special Thanks to our 2011 Volunteers

Jordan Ainsworth, Travis Alcorta, Janet Andrews, Cy Barton, Heather Basler, Jean & Dick Bedell, Lisa Bennett, Kim Bloomer, Theresa Bradley, Michael Brady, Michelle Bronowski, Arlene Brown, Geroge Browning, Lori Brubaker, Ruta Cariov, April Carlson, Steve Carr, Andrea Choale, Janet Cleary, Maura Coffin, Ann Constantinides, Tim Crist, Dana Daunen, Sandy Davis, Art Dawson, Sue Deans, Julia DeFlippi, Becky Dunivan, Marty Evans, Peter & MJ Ewing, LeAnn Faulkner, Laura Fernandez, Wendy Fiedler, Miranda Finley, Amy Freebasin, Rachel Frost, Patti Giannasi, Jerry Gilland, Jeannie Hamilton, Terry Hardie, Courtney Hart, Kerry Hassler, Amanda Hausenstab, Kari Heaney, Norris Hermsmeyer, Grant Hickman, Laura Howland, Jessica Jager, Francie Jallad, Don James, Larry Johnson, Cheri Keeter, Deborah Kelly, Kathy Kirchmer, John Layman, Stephanie Livingston, Sue & Jon Loundsbury, Margaret Ludlow, Janet Mabon, Roxann Mack, Becky Mangin, Amy Marks, Todd Marshall, Stephanie Mayer, Rachel McDowell, Nan McGinnis, Landon Moller, Michelle Murray, Rick Nagel, Brittney Nonte, Reagan & Chris Perry, Blake Peterson, Hans Peterson, Katelyn Phenice, Kim Price, Mark & Donna Ramos, Tina Rhynehart, Dave Rogers, Jared Saint-Vincent, Jeremy Saint-Vincent, Jessica Sancez, Peter Sandale, Janet Scanell, Mary Schweitzer, Ron Secrist, Judy Smetana, Jerd Smith, TK Smith, Mindy Sooter, Debra Southard, Rachel Specht, Katie Stephens, Erin Stern, Clare Stocker, Pame Stone, Bob Tan, Patti Tanaka, Thom Thompson, Janet Torres, Katrina Trujillo, Erin Valentino, Beth Ward, Nancy Warren, Luann Welborn, TJ Wilcop, Brad Wiseley, Iris Yan.

 Community Businesses & Organizations
American Eagle, Beta Alpha Psi, Boulder Moms, Boulder Rotary, Brocade, Boy Scout Troop #69, Boulder Valley Credit Union, Coal Creek Rotary, CWS Apartments, Faegre & Benson LLP, Foothills Kiwanis, Impact on Education, Junior League of Denver, MOD Moms North, Price Waterhouse Cooper LLP, Target.