Crayons to Calculators

School supplies for students in need

Community Challenge

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.

What is it?   Crayons to Calculators’ annual school supply drive and competition, benefiting local students. Participants include area businesses and community organizations.

When is it?  June 15-July 31.  You can join the Challenge whenever works for your business or organization.

Why we do it:   There are over 15,000 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 kids’ families. Crayons to Calculators aims to cut that cost and move one step closer to eliminating the achievement gap.

How can you get involved?

  • Ask employees or members to donate backpacks full of school supplies.
  • Make a corporate or organizational donation.
  • Match employees’ monetary contributions.
  • Organize a team of volunteers to do a shift on the Crayons to Calculators assembly line in July.

Are there any incentives? You bet. We present awards and recognize participants at a reception in the fall to the companies and organizations who accrued the most points.

How do you win? By earning points. Get 60 points for every full backpack donated; one point for every dollar donated; and 10 points for every two hour shift on the assembly line.

Just Do It!  Every little bit makes a difference. We hope you will take this opportunity to help local students, build corporate and community camaraderie, and have fun!

For questions or to register:  Contact