Crayons to Classrooms helps teachers help students

Crayons to Classrooms. (WDTN Photo)
Crayons to Classrooms. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Crayons to Classrooms is a non-profit group that wants to make sure every child has the necessary tools to learn in the classroom.

It supplies teachers with assistance, so they can help students who can’t afford school supplies.

“Parents do what they can, but the reality is they just don’t have money to do that. That’s at the bottom of their list. You know feeding their children comes before buying school supplies,” said Sarah Szumnarski, Kiser Prek-8 teacher.

Szumnarski estimates that she has spent thousands of dollars to get her students the supplies they need.

She says it would be more if the Crayons for Classrooms store wasn’t open, offering up free supplies.

Organizers for Crayons to Classrooms said they supply teachers with pencils,pins, crayons, markers, and paper.  Executive Director Steve Rubenstein said teachers spend between $500 to $1000 on supplies for students each year.

“The burden has been falling to the teachers to determine how to solve that problem. Most often out if their own pocket,” Rubenstein said.

In order for a teacher to shop at the free store, Rubenstein said the school they teach at must be eligible. This means at least 70% of the school’s students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Rubenstein said they help at least 5000 teachers per year.

If you would like to donate, visit the Crayons to Classrooms web site. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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