Crayons to Calculators


About Crayons to Calculators

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.

Why we do it: There are over 11,000 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.

Our goal: For the 2018-2019 school year, we will provide full backpacks to 11,274 students—pre-school through high school – across Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley.

Who are we? We’re a collaborative partnership between four area nonprofits: Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County, Sister Carmen Community Center, and Impact on Education. Our beneficiaries are the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) and the St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD).

Impact on Education is the fiduciary for Crayons to Calculators.

Collaborative Partners

Crayons to Calculators is truly a collaborative endeavor! Because of the extensive support received from these extraordinary organizations, students of the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain School Districts are better prepared for success at the start of each school year.

Boulder Valley School District
Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley
I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder Valley

Impact on Education
St. Vrain Valley School District
Sister Carmen Community Center

Corporate Sponsors

Title Sponsor to Crayons to Calculators

Western Disposal Services has been a presenting partner of Impact on Education for over ten years, providing Crayons to Calculators with over $1.5 million to empower students in need by giving them the supplies they need to be succeed in school.

How does one value the heart of an organization? How does one evaluate the soul of an organization when comparing the bottom line financial numbers and when comparing comparable services? Western Disposal goes above and beyond any expectation community members, families, individuals, governments, businesses, and other entities reasonably expect from a disposal service company. Caring about recycling, having natural gas trucks, providing free shred days for its customers, managing the emerald ash borer, providing compostable services, and other services that are environmentally friendly and sustainable are just a few ways Western truly goes above and beyond.

Western Disposal is a company of individuals with families who truly care about their community in ways that are simply not measurable in a bottom line analysis. We are proud to have Western Disposal as a philanthropic partner in our community.

Supporting Partners

McIntrye Family Fund
Davidson Family Foundation
Harlow Foundation
For more information about becoming a Corporate Sponsor, please contact Chris Grack-Wilson


Supplies & Collections

Get Involved

We’re glad you’re eager to get involved. There are lots of ways to help:

  • Donate a backpack full of supplies.
  • Make a corporate, organizational, or personal cash donation online in our Donate tab.
  • Volunteer your business as an official backpack collection site. Contact Impact on Education to get started!
  • Sign up for volunteer shift on the Crayons to Calculators assembly line in July

Printable supply list



Our current need is elementary-age water color paint sets and blunt-tipped scissors

State Tax Exempt Form


Collection Sites


You can volunteer your business as an official backpack collection site. Contact Impact on Education to get started!


Elevations Credit Union:

  • 2960 Diagonal Hwy.
  • 4760 Baseline Rd.
  • 611 S. Broadway
  • 1301 Walnut St.
  • 2300 55th St.
  • CU Boulder University Memorial Center (UMC): 1669 Euclid Avenue

Holland and Hart: 1800 Broadway, Suite 300
Staples:1601 29th St Suite 1292
CrossFit Sanitas: 2525 Arapahoe Ave
Premier Members Credit Union:

  • 5505 Arapahoe Ave
  • 2667 Broadway St.

Dailey Method: 1810 30th St. C


Broomfield United Church:  825 Kohl St


City Wide Banks: 199 S. Briggs St.
Great Western Bank: 785 Cheesman St


Elevations Credit Union: 1900 W. South Boulder Rd.
Foothill United Way: 1285 Cimarron Dr.
Great Western Bank: 2695 N Park Dr Suite 101
Lafayette Public Library: 775 W. Baseline Rd


Alpha Martial Arts: 195 S. Main St, #13 Longmont
Elevations Credit Union:

  • 1079 S. Hover Road
  • 777 21st Avenue

First Baptist Church: 701 Kimbark Street
First Lutheran Church: 803 3rd Avenue
High Plains Bank: 600 Kimbark Street
Longmont Tutoring Club: 1445 Nelson Road
Longmont United Hospital: 1950 Mountain View Avenue
Ripple Effects Martial Arts: 1242 S. Hover Street, Suite A-300
Seagate: 389 Disc Drive
Sunflower Bank: 25 E. Ken Pratt Boulevard
Sunset Middle School: 1300 S Sunset Street (during volunteer hours only)
Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA: 950 Lashley Street


Elevations Credit Union: 300 McCaslin Blvd.
Great Western Bank:

  • 1020 Century Dr
  • 801 Main St Suite 1

Paul’s Coffee: 956 West Cherry
Premier Members Credit Union: 800 Coal Creek Cir
Davis Financial: 205 Century Circle, Suite 203


Superior North Pool: 1650 North Indiana
Superior South Pool: 3300 Huron Peak Ave.

More businesses coming – please check back with us!

Build a Backpack

There are more than 15,000 families in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts who do not have the financial means to purchase basic school supplies for their kids. Not having the necessary supplies for classwork and homework has a dramatic effect on student learning and contributes to the achievement gap.

Your support has a direct, tangible, and profound impact on over 11,000 local students.

Donate a backpack! It’s as easy as 1-2-3…

1. Buy a new backpack.

2. Fill it with new supplies from the supply list above.

3. Drop the backpack at one of our conveniently located collection sites between June 26th and July 27th:

Of course, we’ll take whatever you can provide! Bring new and unused loose supplies and empty backpacks, too.

Note: We also accept donations year-round for Crayons to Calculators at Impact on Education: 721 Front Street, Suite A, Louisville, CO 80027. Call ahead to schedule a time to drop off supplies: 303-524-3865

Questions? Contact Molly Enright, Project Manager for Crayons to Calculators or call 303.524.3865



Boulder Area Volunteers Needed

Pack Backpacks: July 2nd – August 2nd

Location: Mesa Elementary School Cafeteria, 1575 Lehigh St, Boulder, CO 80305

Follow the Crayons to Calculators signs into the cafeteria.

Children under 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Volunteer shifts in Boulder are Monday-Thursday 10am12pm and 1pm3pm.

For questions or more information about volunteering in the Boulder area please contact or call 303.524.3865

Boulder Sign-Up

Click here to VOLUNTEER

Longmont Area Volunteers Needed

Pack Backpacks: July 10th – July 31st
Deliver Backpacks: Before August 1

Location: Sunset Middle School, 1300 S. Sunset Street, Longmont, CO 80501

Children under 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

If you would like to work a shift in our Longmont location, please contact Michelle Phelan at 720-203-0236 (please call Monday through Thursday).

Longmont Sign-Up

Click here to VOLUNTEER

If you have any questions specifically about the Longmont and St. Vrain Valley School District operations, please contact The Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley at or by phone 720-652-8208.

Attend a Community Fundraiser

No events currently scheduled

If you are a business who would like to host a Dine and Donate type fundraiser for Crayons to Calculators, please contact Chris



Who does this program serve?
This program serves students in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts whose families cannot afford to buy school supplies.

How can I help?
Visit our Get Involved tab to fill a backpack and deliver it to one of our donation sites, donate online in our Donate tab, send a check, and/or volunteer.

Where do I drop off filled backpacks?
See our Crayons to Calculators Collections & Volunteer tab for more information.

When do I drop off filled backpacks?
NOW —July 27 at the designated drop-off locations.

Is this a nonprofit organization?
Crayons to Calculators is sponsored by four local nonprofits. But since it is a collaboration—and not a stand alone organization—it is not its own nonprofit. The collaboration holds Impact on Education to be its fiduciary, or agent of a principal, which serves as a go-to for tax and financial purposes. All donations are tax-deductible, tax receipts will be issued by Impact on Education.

What nonprofits are involved?
Our collaborative partners are I Have A Dream Foundation of Boulder County, Impact on Education, Sister Carmen Community Center, and Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley. Our beneficiaries are students of the St. Vrain Valley School District and the Boulder Valley School District.

Who is your primary sponsor?
Western Disposal Services.

I just want to send a check. Can I do that?
Yes, and we will send you a tax deduction receipt. Your financial contribution allows us to purchase supplies “at-cost” direct from school supplies producers. Please send your contribution to Crayons to Calculators – 721 Front Street, Suite A, Louisville, CO 80027.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Absolutely, however, since Crayons to Calculators is not a 501(c)(3) organization, you will receive a tax receipt from Impact on Education, our fiduciary.

Please Contact Us if you have any questions not answered on this website.

For Students

Need a backpack?

The Crayons to Calculators is a program for students who attend a school in the Boulder Valley School District or St. Vrain Valley School District.

If your child is enrolled in one of these two districts and is eligible for free and reduced lunch, your child is eligible for a backpack from the Crayons to Calculators program.

Backpacks are distributed from each school in the week leading up to the first day of school. Please contact your child’s school to learn how to sign your child up for a backpack.

If your child is in an I Have A Dream of Boulder County program, please reach out to your site coordinator for backpack distribution dates.

If your child does not attend a school in BVSD or SVVSD, please contact the Impact on Education’s office for assistance, 303-524-3865



With our access to wholesale prices, we are able to purchase more supplies, stretching your dollar further

For cash or check donations, please mail to

Crayons to Calculators
721 Front Street, Suite A
Louisville, CO 80027

Please know that:

$500 = 10 full Pre School backpacks
$250 = 1 family prepared with supplies
$100 = 6 scientific calculators
$75 = 1 full backpack
$50 = 50 spiral notebooks
$20 = 20 boxes of crayons
$10 = 250 pencils