Crayons to Calculators

School supplies for students in need

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!

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.”

Trash Bash 2012

Once again, our good friends at Western Disposal are pulling out the stops to have a great time and raise money to support our effort to ensure that every student in the Boulder Valley & St. Vrain Valley School Districts has the essential school supplies needed to be successful in school!

Dinner, entertainment, and even a trip to Blackhawk are on tap for the event.  This year’s event will also feature a hybrid live/silent auction.

Cocktails      4:00pm
Auction      4:30pm
Dinner      5:30pm
Entertainment      7:00pm
Bus Leaves for Blackhawk      8:00pm

Tickets:  $250 per person

To purchase tickets, please contact

Deb Dabkowski

2011 Back to School Supply Drive Success!

Trash Bash

Save The Date!
Trash Bash
April 16, 2011
Western Disposal Service, Inc.
5880 Butte Mill Road, Boulder, CO 80301

The annual Trash Bash is a fund raising event to benefit Crayons to Calculators!  Western Disposal strongly supports our mission to provide backpacks and school supplies for children in need throughout the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts.  An estimated 15,000 – 20,000 students are unable to start their school year with basic school supplies; With Western Disposal’s help, we can help thousands of those students each year.

In 2010, Western Disposal, its employees, vendors, customers, and generous others raised $100,000 for Crayons to Calculators.  This year Western Disposal has set their sights on a goal of $125,000!

For more information about this event, please contact Deb Dabkowski at Western Disposal via email or phone 303.448.2308.

2010 Corporate Challenge Celebration!

L to R:  Deb Dabkowski (Western Disposal Services), Dan Viglioti (Cryogenics for Kids), Shannon Knobel (MOD Moms North), Catherine Bedell (Crayons to Calculators), Marcie Blasko (Intrado)

On Thursday, October 14, 2010 Crayons to Calculators proudly hosted their Corporate Challenge Celebration at Western Disposal Services’ corporate headquarters in Boulder, Colorado.  On hand were many of the 2010 Corporate Challenge participants as well as Crayons to Calculators Collaborative Partners and Corporate Sponsors.

Over 7,200 backpacks filled with basic school supplies were distributed to students throughout the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts just before the start of the current academic school year.

Thank You Western Disposal!

Western Disposal has managed to outdo themselves again!  Thanks to the generosity of Western’s employees and suppliers, Gary Horton and Deb Dabkowski proudly presented a generous check for $100,000.00 to Crayons to Calculators at a staff appreciation lunch held at Western Disposal on June 15, 2010.

Francie Anhut and Catherine Bedell accepted their generous donation on behalf of the thousands of Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School District students that will have the much needed school supplies that they would not have afforded without the help of Crayons to Calculators!