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Mission & History


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Mission & History


MISSION & HISTORY


Founded in 1997, Crayons to Computers has always been driven to bridge the gap between families in need and education. To date, we have successfully distributed more than $145 million worth of free school supplies via our partnerships with sponsoring companies and organizations, with no stopping in sight. Since our inception, poverty levels—both national and local—have steadily increased. We have not changed our service area or our eligibility criteria, the need is simply growing. In fact, according to recent census data, approximately 1 out of every 5 children living in the Greater Cincinnati area is living in poverty.

Approximately 1 out of every 5 children living in the Greater Cincinnati area is living in poverty.
— US Census data

Through our Teacher Free Store and Mobile Outreach Program we are able to offer a variety of materials that support learning, including basic supplies like books, crayons, paper, scissors, and pencils, as well as enrichment and incentive items that teachers can use to motivate and inspire student engagement. Products are donated or purchased at reduced or wholesale prices from partnering companies.

When students have the necessary tools to achieve, the possibilities are endless. In fact, 78% have an increased interest in learning, 92% have increased class preparedness, and 82% have increased class participation. The numbers speak for themselves!

When people come together to create great things, great things happen. These are the scientists, doctors, and lawyers of tomorrow. So from Crayons to Computers and anything in between, we will be here for the students of today as well as the future.

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Who We Are


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Who We Are


WHO WE ARE

The Tools to Achieve Anything.


For an underprivileged child, every school supply holds the potential for something new. Something bigger. Something better. That’s why Crayons to Computers is dedicated to providing kids with the supplies they need to succeed in school and life. It’s simple, yet so crucial.

One pencil can draw the path to literacy. One box of crayons can color the imagination with new possibilities. These ordinary supplies can have an extraordinary impact and change the course of a child’s life. Let’s give them the tools they deserve and the chance to achieve anything.

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What We Do


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What We Do


WHAT WE DO

Bridge the Gap.


We strive to provide the link between academic success and poverty. Crayons to Computers is comprised of people who push the boundaries of what is possible within our city and organization. Bringing joy to underprivileged kids is what drives us to continue to challenge the limits and spread our organization’s message locally, regionally and nationally. At the end of the day, generating excitement around education is what we’re all about.

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Here For


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Here For


WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO

KIDS

Our students are the leaders of tomorrow. With broad interests and a love of learning, we aim to encourage their curiosity both inside and outside of the classroom. When given the necessary supplies, everything is possible!

TEACHERS

Teachers are at the heart of our operation. Together with their passion to teach and inspire, we hope to alleviate the stresses of purchasing classroom supplies out of pocket. 

SCHOOLS

The schools we serve house people who come together to share in a love of learning. Helping to activate the potential in all of our students, the schools and their staffs are a prime component in Crayons to Computers' success.

 
 

report card (2015–2016)


$10.2 million worth of free school supplies

Distributed during the 2015–16 School Year!

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Kids in Need Fo.


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KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION

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Crayons to Computers is proud to be an affiliate of the Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national organization dedicated to ensuring that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The KINF serves as an umbrella organization for the 38 teacher-resource centers located throughout the Unites States, all working together so that students in need in communities around the country have the tools they need to achieve anything.