Crayons to Calculators Community Challenge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local public school foundations raising funds for back-to-school supplies
Louisville (July 20, 2022) – Impact on Education and the St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation are challenging the community to raise $25,000 for back-to-school supplies to support students in the Boulder Valley School District and the St. Vrain Valley School District.
The Crayons to Calculators Community Challenge, which kicked off this week, encourages individuals and organizations to host mini-fundraising campaigns to raise 10% of the total $250,000 program cost.
“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,” says Allison Billings, Executive Director of Impact on Education. “Our community is also seeing the harsh reality of the Marshall Fire affecting local families who have a greater need for financial support than they have during previous school years.”
The two school foundations partner annually for a school supply distribution, Crayons to Calculators, which provides age-appropriate school supplies, headphones, and a new backpack to over 8,000 students facing financial hardship in BVSD and SVVSD. With the help of title sponsor Western Disposal Services, and other generous sponsors and donors, this program ensures each student will head back to school with the tools they need to succeed.
“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, ” says Josh Atheron, Executive Director of the St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation.” “Ensuring every student has access to school supplies creates equitable classrooms across all grade levels.”
The Community Challenge is a fun way to bring organizations and networks together in support of a common goal: supporting local students and equitable classrooms. The challenge lasts for four weeks, and registrants receive resources and tips for fun activities that encourage individual and team participation.
ABOUT IMPACT ON EDUCATION
Impact on Education is the foundation supporting all 30,000 students and 4,000 educators of the Boulder Valley School District. Since 1983, we’ve provided Boulder Valley public school students with community funding and resources in order to meet critical needs and eliminate opportunity gaps.
ABOUT ST. VRAIN VALLEY SCHOOLS EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The St. Vrain Valley Schools Education Foundation serves over 30,000 students and 1,500 teachers annually, providing resources and educational opportunities, in partnership with St. Vrain Valley Schools, and their local communities.