Crayons to Classrooms offers teachers free pass

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

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – In just a few weeks, students will be headed back to the classroom. That means parents and teachers are breaking out those school supply lists.

The cost of supplies can be a strain on finances for many families.

One store will not cost teachers a dime, and that is the way Crayons to Classrooms wants to keep it.

A recent USA Today report found that 81 percent of parents send their children to the first day of school with all the supplies they need.

For the other parents, it is not that easy.

“The teacher is going to be looking at a class where maybe 15 out of 25 students aren’t coming prepared with the tools that they need to succeed,” said Steve Rubenstein, Crayons to Classrooms’ executive director.

Crayons to Classrooms helps those teachers. The organization provides the educators with free supplies that are donated.

To qualify, you must teach in a school that participates in the free lunch program.

Rubenstein keeps the shelves stocked and at least twice a year, teachers will come to Crayons to Classrooms to help their kids.

83 qualifying area schools will use the materials.

“The benefit is when they shop here they take back on average about $1,100 worth of materials,” he explained. “Multiply that times two, they’re getting a very large amount of materials that they can take back to their classrooms.”

The education advocate says his organization is only a temporary solution. He would like to see a permanent one, but Rubenstein said some things make that difficult like the misconception,”that they (teachers) have everything that they need. That the situation that I described doesn’t exist, that they can just go into the classroom and start right away from the curriculum that they have from the beginning.”

Since that is not the reality for many area teachers, Crayons to Classrooms plans to keep the books piled high and they hope every novel, every binder helps educate the next generation.

Visit Crayons to Classrooms online to make an appointment to visit and shop. 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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