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Crayons to Calculators BVSD


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We work all year to provide opportunities for BVSD students, but an important first step is ensuring every student starts the school year with the supplies they need for a strong and successful academic year.


When families face difficult financial decisions or tradeoffs, such as buying groceries or school supplies, it can impact a student’s success in the classroom and in life. Ensuring every student has access to school supplies creates equitable classrooms across all grade-levels.

Our annual school supply distribution, Crayons to Calculators BVSD, provides age-appropriate school supplies, headphones, and a new backpack to over 5,000 students facing financial hardship in the Boulder Valley School District.



Your challenge starts here! Create a fundraiser or join an existing one – it takes just a few seconds! You can personalize your fundraiser with a profile picture and a message about why supporting BVSD students is important to you. 


Connect with your network, sharing your fundraising link with colleagues, family and friends through social media, email, text or word of mouth.


Keep track of your fundraiser’s progress and see who’s showing support through your dashboard. Be sure to thank everyone for their gifts and supporting BVSD students.


The Community Challenge provides a series of weekly challenges to help you and your team reach your Crayons to Calculators BVSD fundraising goal.

Mismatch 56  |  July 31 – August 4

See how many mismatched donations you can collect! We encourage you to mismatch donations in increments of 56 ($5.60, $56, $6.56, etc) to represent the 56 schools in Boulder Valley School District. You can track your mismatches throughout the challenge on your profile!

Give it Up Challenge  |  August 7 – 11

Encourage your fundraisers to give up a daily habit – goodbye morning coffee! – and instead donate those funds to the challenge at the end of the week. Share your progress on social media to inspire others to join!

Fill a Classroom Challenge  |  August 14 – 18

School starts this week! We challenge you and your fundraisers to fill a classroom with school supplies. $25 supports one student and $600 will fill a classroom.

City Challenge  |  August 21 – 25

Try and collect a donation from every city in the Boulder Valley School District! The map below will show you where donations are coming from in real time across all challenge participants! Cities include:

  • Boulder
  • Gold Hill
  • Jamestown
  • Lafayette
  • Louisville
  • Nederland
  • Superior
  • Ward
  • Broomfield
  • Erie

Spirit Week  |  August 28 – 31

Show some spirit as we cross the finish line! This week we encourage you to celebrate with your fundraisers and have a little fun along the way. 

  • Monday: School Pride Day! Wear spirit wear from any BVSD school or your alma mater! 
  • Tuesday: Tie Dye Day! Show off your best tie dye gear.
  • Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday! Wear wacky hats, socks, jewelry, etc.!)
  • Thursday: Throwback Thursday! Rock your favorite decade.


Impact on Education supports students in Boulder Valley public schools with supplemental funding and resources in order to address critical needs and opportunity gaps.

The growth, success and challenges of Crayons to Calculators

Through the leadership of Impact on Education and dedicated individuals and organizations in our community, Crayons to Calculators has provided school supplies to over 130,000 students over the past 18 years.

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8,000 students provided with essential school supplies

Every school across Boulder Valley School District is filled with students, educators and staff eagerly anticipating the school year ahead. Ensuring each student has access to school supplies creates equitable classrooms across all grade-levels.

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We’re challenging the BVSD community to raise $25,000 for back-to-school supplies

Especially right now as inflation hits its highest level in four decades, times are tight for families and we know that many will struggle with back-to-school expenses for their children this fall.

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