Out of the good of our hearts we donated to Crayons to Calculators because we know how hard it is to make sure every child has what they need for school. Crayons to Calculators is a school-supply drive created to ensure that local students head back to school with the tools they need to succeed. There are more than 15,000 kids in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts who qualify for free and reduced lunch—an indicator of poverty. The cost of basic school supplies ($60–$80 per student), presents a financial burden for many of these kids’ families. Crayons to Calculators aims to cut that cost and move one step closer to eliminating the achievement gap. Having the right school supplies is a critical first step to help a student achieve higher literacy levels, improve academic performance, and graduate. It also enables schools to operate more effectively.
For the 2015-2016 school year, they expect to provide over 10,000 students—pre-school through high school—with new backpacks full of supplies. They are a collaborative partnership between five area nonprofits: Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, Impact on Education, Sister Carmen Community Center, and Foothills United Way. Their beneficiaries are the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) and the St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD).