Mobile store and push 4 pencils featured in Northern Kentucky business journal

July 2019: The inaugural Florence version of our “Stuff the Van” event as well as our Mobile Outreach Program (MOP) were highlighted in a recent article showing our expanding reach in to Northern Kentucky. Read More >

Police cadets give back and build life skills at crayons

July 2019: Members of the Cincinnati Police Cadets spent their day at Crayons to Computers helping out the local community. Watch WKRC Video >

Push 4 pencils drive highlighted in movers & makers

July 2019: Crayons to Computers’ second annual Stuff the Van event, a key part of the Push 4 Pencils Supply Drive, was featured in Movers & Makers Cincinnati July 2019 edition. Read More >

local daycare and crayons spotlighted by wcpo

June 2019: One of our qualified teacher shoppers (Janet Baltzersen) was asked to be a mentor for a local daycare/preschool. The daycare needs help to become star rated in Ohio's Step Up to Quality system. Kristyn Hartman (anchor and reporter at WCPO) interviewed Amy Cheney, Janet and the director of the daycare (Lynotta Wright).
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Crayons wins Favorite Fundraising Party in Reader’s Choice Awards

March 2019: Movers & Makers Cincinnati named “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” as the favorite fundraising party in the education category. Read More >

Program teaches inmates how to create learning tools for classrooms

January 2019: Teachers in the Tri-State's poorest communities received almost $9 million worth of school products in 2018. Some of those learning tools came from an unlikely place: prison. Watch WKRC Video >

Despite disheartening Census report, poverty in Cincinnati has dropped since 2013

September 2018: Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley has made poverty one of his top priorities. New numbers out this week from the United States Census say the number of poor in our city has gone up, not down, over 10 years. … The ongoing push from the private sector was seen in the form of a tower creation built at the Crayons to Computers store. Almost 28,000 boxes of crayons were donated by six financial companies. Watch WKRC Video >

The Van is Packed and ready for school

July 2018: Crayons to Computers received more than 3,000 school supplies, nearly $400 in cash, $2,500 from Macy's and more than 600 #MyWishForYou notes of encouragement at the first "Stuff the Van" event at Kenwood Towne Centre. Read More >

Back-to-school costs are a lot for parents -- for teachers, they can be even worse

August 9, 2018: Depending on the number of children in your family, the cost of back-to-school shopping can range from just expensive to absolutely mind-boggling. For teachers, who might have to provide supplies and prepare classrooms for more than 20 students, it's even more significant. Read More >

Donation Spotlight: Crayons to Computers 

July 2018: If you are looking for a way to donate unused office supplies or want to engage your employees through volunteer efforts, consider participating in the Push 4 Pencils campaign. Read More >

Push 4 Pencils segment on Cincy Lifestyle

July 10, 2018: Amy Cheney and Carmen Deloach (8th Grade teacher from Withrow High School) share the mission of Crayons to Computers and the importance of the Push 4 Pencils campaign with morning viewers. Watch WCPO Video >

Push 4 Pencils kicks off July 14

June 27, 2018: Kenwood Towne Centre, a GGP property, is hosting the Crayons to Computers Push 4 Pencils Supply Drive on Saturday, July 14 from 10AM – 3PM. All donations will be accepted at the main entrance next to The Cheesecake Factory. This “Stuff the Van” event kicks off the back-to-school campaign and all donations will go towards leveling the playing field in the classroom. Read More >

Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader? Crayons puts guests to the test

June 27, 2018: Crayons to Computers held its fourth annual "Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader: A Game Changer for Kids," raising more than $68,000 for its Free Store and Mobile Outreach Program. Read More >

Crayons to Computers gives teachers the supplies their low-income students need

May 10, 2018: At least once a month for the past 10 years, teachers or administrators from tiny Augusta Independent Schools in Bracken County have made the hour-long drive to Crayons to Computers in Bond Hill. Watch WCPO Video >

Bringing More than Crayons to Cincinnati Students

April 16, 2018: Since 1997, Crayons to Computers – an affiliate of the Kids in Need Foundation (KINF) – has contributed more than $156 million dollars’ worth of donated school supplies to Cincinnati’s underserved classrooms. Read More >


March 1, 2018: Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy opened its library in the hope it could help students improve their language skills. The problem? It had about one-tenth of the books educators believed it should, and there were so few that no one could check them out.

Elementary principal Tiffany Williams started a book drive to close the gap, and education advocacy organization Crayons to Computers responded with truckloads of donations -- literally. Watch WCPO Video >


February 2018: It was a big idea, and it took a year to pull off, but Crayons to Computers marked its 20th anniversary by brightening the days of 37,000 students in Greater Cincinnati. The nonprofit wanted to give out more than supplies. It wanted to give hope to kids who need it most. Read More >


December 2017: Crayons to Computers, a Cincinnati-based nonprofit, has been serving the needs of underprivileged kids and deserving teachers for over 20 years. Through its Teacher Free Store and Mobile Outreach Program, this great organization bridges the gap for students and schools by providing them with the supplies and educational tools they need to succeed in the classroom … and in life. Read More >


February 2017: Crayons to Computers celebrated 20 years of providing kids in need with the school supplies they need to be successful in school and life, and launched the #MyWishForYou Campaign. Watch Local 12 News Video >


August 12, 2016: Melody Smith Jones was a guest speaker at our Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader event. Check out her inspiring speech regarding the crucial importance of how having the right supplies aids in educational success and self-confidence! Watch Video >