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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 2019-2020 school year, we will provide full backpacks to 11,000 students—pre-school through high school – across Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley.

Who are we? We’re a collaborative partnership between two district foundations: the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, serving St. Vrain Valley School District and Impact on Education, serving Boulder Valley School District. Our beneficiaries are the students in both of the school districts – which together serve all of Boulder County.

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 2018 Partners

McIntrye Family Fund
Davidson Family Foundation
Harlow Foundation

For more information about becoming a 2019 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

Click here for St. Vrain Valley Schools Supply List

Click here for Boulder Valley Schools Supply List


State Tax Exempt Form


Collection Sites


You can volunteer your business as an official backpack collection site.


Contact Madeline Chandler to get started!


Contact Michelle Phelan to get started!

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 Madeline Chandler, Project Manager for Crayons to Calculators or call 303.524.3865



Boulder Area Volunteers Needed

Assist with early logistics and office work: June 3rd-7th

Distribute Collect Materials to Sites (must have a car): June 17th-21st

Organize and set up the packing site: June 26th-28th 

Pack Backpacks and organize supplies: July 2nd – August 2nd

Location: New Vista High School – 700 20th St, Boulder, CO 80302

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 Madeline Chandler or call 303.524.3865

Boulder Sign-Up

Click here to volunteer!

Longmont Area Volunteers Needed

Pack Backpacks: July 8th – July 29th

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?
June 24th through —July 24th 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 Impact on Education and the 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