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How We Started

In 2006, a group of Dayton businesses and nonprofit organizations researched “free stores” for teachers across the United States. They learned that 38 resource centers support student learning by collecting surplus, close-out, and other useful materials for distribution to classroom teachers in schools serving lower-income families.

These civic leaders decided to establish our Dayton version: Crayons to Classrooms. By December 2007, the DC2C board of trustees had hired our executive director. The Mathile Family Foundation and The Dayton Foundation pledged financial support to begin the project. The IRS certified DC2C as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit in March 2008.

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley offered us warehouse, retail, and office space at 1511 Kuntz Road in Dayton. This location provides over 12,000 square feet of warehouse storage, retail store space, office space, use of Goodwill’s telephone system and technology network, access to a fleet of trucks for pick-up services, and materials handling and unloading services.

We opened our doors to teachers from selected schools in January, 2009.

We solicit donations of products to build up our inventory. The number of teachers we can serve directly depends upon the amount of donated product on hand.

Our ultimate goal is to serve teachers and students in 88 Dayton area schools where more than 70% of the students live at or below poverty.