Crayons to Calculators


The 2019 Crayons to Calculators supply drive has ended.  This year over 11,000 backpacks were packed for St. Vrain Valley School District and Boulder Valley School District.  Financial donations can still be made to help support this program.  Thank you to all our volunteers and collection sites for all your help in making this program a success!

Visit CRAYONSTOCALCULTORS.ORG to learn more about this important program.

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 St. Vrain Valley and Boulder 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 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 St. Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley school districts.

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 and part of Weld County.

Past Impact:  Thousands of backpacks are provided to students in need in St. Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley schools each year.

  • 4,800 in 2008, our inaugural year with Crayons to Calculators
  • Up to 7,100 by 2010
  • Increasing to 8,100 in 2012
  • Up to 9,200 in 2013
  • Reaching 10,000 in 2015
  • Over 11,000 in 2018


Volunteers are the backbone of this program and there are a lot of ways to help. Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, religious groups, corporate groups, civic service organizations, and interested community members are encouraged to get involved with this annual drive.

Seeking volunteers to…

  • sort and organize supplies
  • pack the backpacks according to grade level
  • load and transport the backpacks to schools

We couldn’t do it without the widespread support of our community!  Click here to sign up to volunteer!

If you would like more information on volunteering for Crayons to Calculators or how your company can partner with the Education Foundation to support our local students, please contact

Collaborative Partners

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















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